Paleo and Costco – My favorite paleo friendly staples

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One of the funnest (most fun?) things that I enjoy about eating paleo is sourcing paleo food.  Call me a nerd, but I LOVE it.  I love walking into a store…any store, and identifying paleo friendly goodies.  Trust me, you can find paleo supplies at most any store from Wal-Mart to Whole Foods.  I get a lot of questions about what my favorite staples are.  I want to share those with you in hopes that this will help you get started on the whole foods path to wellness.  I understand that most of you may not share the same joy as me when it comes to grocery shopping so please use my posts as tools to help you save time and money.  I’ve done the research and made the mistakes for you.  Yeah!

I headed to Costco this weekend to stock up on a few paleo friendly staples.  My lovely mother-in-law was kind enough to gift us a Costco membership a couple of years ago.  We didn’t immediately jump on the wholesale bandwagon, but after our first couple of trips I realized that I could save a boat load of money and get some really nice high-quality staples.  Costco trips have gotten to be even more fun now that we’re cooking and eating healthy.  I encourage you to take a trip to your local Costco and do a “visit.”  I believe they will let you walk the store without becoming a member.  See what your local store carries and then discuss membership opportunities.  I believe it costs about $50 a year for membership.

Please note that what I find in my Costco may not be what you find in your local Costco.  They seem to have an ever-changing but diverse product list.  I feel like buying say Coconut Oil at Costco shows the big-wigs that consumers are thankful that they carry Coconut Oil and they will continue to do so.  Money is power.

The goods that I am speaking about today is not my full list of Costco Paleo staples.  I’ll share more next time I go!  I would say that I go to Costco about 2 times a month to stock up on staples.

I walked out with 12 items that we’ll discuss below.

Paleo Costco Staples- Save money eating Paleo

1.  Kirkland Brand (Costco) Organic Tomato Sauce:  12 -15 ounce cans for $6.99 (equals= .58 per can)

Sure I could make my own tomato sauce but I don’t choose to make time for that.  Tomato sauce is a staple for so many paleo recipes so this helps save some time.  I like to buy the organic tomato products when buying canned.  My Costco also carries packages of Organic tomatoes diced and organic tomato paste.  This price per can beats any organic tomato product I’ve seen. 

2.  Arm & Hammer Baking Soda:  13.5 pounds for $6.59

I use baking soda for so much stuff around the house (cleaning, scrubbing, personal care) and this GIANT bag of baking soda will last me a looong time.  I’ll let you know when it runs out.  I also like that it comes in a resealable bag.

3.  Carrington Farms Coconut Oil:  54 ounces for $15.99  The Amazon price for this is $26.95!  That’s $10.96 more!

If you buy one thing at Costco-buy this!  This puppy will last you a really long time.  I cook with it and rub it on my body (TMI?) on a daily basis and I’ve still got about 1/3 of the jar left.  I was feeling antsy and decided to purchase another one.  I wanted to show Costco that I LOVE the fact that they carry it.  This is also a great quality Coconut Oil as it’s unrefined, organic and cold pressed.  All great traits for any coconut oil.  What do I do with it and how to I use it?  I’ll do a post about that sometime soon.  Use it as you’d use any solid cooking fat.  And then rub it on your face.  :)

4.  Avocados:  6 avocados for $3.99 (about .67 cents per avocado and they are large avocados).  I see large avocados at the store for $1.00 each!  This is a great deal.

The key to using these or any avocados effectively is to keep them in your fridge and then pull out a 1 or 2 at a time.  They will ripen on the counter and be soft enough to use.  Don’t leave them all out at once or you’ll end up with 6 avocados that need to be used asap.  This of course would be beneficial if you were making a big ‘ol batch of guacamole!

5.  Bananas:  7 bananas for $1.39 (about .20 per banana).

I don’t buy many bananas but they are a good starchy carb (although plantains would be better!) but I wanted to try banana chips in my dehydrator to snack on at an upcoming camping trip.  I’ll let you know how that turns out!

6.  Brussell Sprouts:  2 pounds for $4.29  (about $2.14 per pound)

I love me some brussell sprouts!  Cut the hard ends off, cut them in half and toss them in some melted coconut oil, salt/paper, and dill.  Roast them for about 25-30 minutes and you’ll have the BEST sprouts ever.  Sweet, nutty and delicious.

7.  Organic Butternut Squash chunks:  2 pounds for $3.99 (about $1.99 per pound)

This is another vegetable that I purchase for convenience.  If the farmers market has fresh butternut squash available then I’ll buy it there, but this big package makes quick work of an easy week night side dish.  It would take me some time to buy the squash, peel it and cube it.  This saves me a step.  Toss the chunks in some melted coconut oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast away.  The name doesn’t lie-a good squash tastes like butter.  Mmm!

8.  Kirkland Brand Balsamic Vinegar:  1 Liter for $10.99

This is a staple that will last me a long time.  I use balsamic vinegar in various recipes but love it most for it’s versatility in salad dressings and sauces.  A simple dressing is balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  Mix it to taste, stir and toss it on your salad.  It also adds a good depth of flavor to meat recipes.  Balsamic vinegar is made from grapes through a fermentation process.

9.  Aidells Smoked Chicken Sausage-Chicken and Apple flavor:  3 pounds for $13.99 (comes in 3 packages of 4 links- about $4.66 per package).  You can buy this at a lot of local grocery stores or on Aidells website for $23.97.  BIG savings if you can score it at Costco!

This sausage is so incredibly tasty!  Aidells makes a ton of other flavors but I’ve found the chicken and apples to be the cleanest in the fact that they don’t have added cane sugar, msg, hormones, soy, etc.  The sweetness comes from the apples and fruit juice concentrate.  I cook a package of these on Sundays and add them to our breakfasts.  It’s SO good!  Looking at the website, it looks like several other flavors are pretty clean too so I may have to branch out if I see a new flavor at Costco.

10.  Jumbo artichokes:  Pack of 4 for $5.29 (about $1.32 per choke)  I’m not sure if this is a great price or not.  I’ve never bought artichokes before!  I’ve got a few tasty looking paleo recipes that call for chokes so I’ll give ‘em a go this week.  Have you ever cooked these things?

11.  Bear and Wolf brand canned salmon:  Pack of 6-6 ounce cans for $11.99 (about $1.99 per can).  I’ve seen this at our local Kroger in the “health food” aisle for $4.99 per can!  You can get it on Amazon for $19.59.

$2.00 may sound a bit pricey for a can of salmon but it’s really high quality and wild caught in Alaska.  Each can contains a boatload of healthy Omega 3 fatty acids and protein that your body will love.  Eating salmon that  was not farmed and raised on soy is a good thing and helps your body obtain the benefits of this delicious fatty fish.  I will say that this pink salmon has a pretty mild flavor.  Dan is not a tuna fish guy but enjoys this over a salad.  We especially love this mixed into salmon patties and sauteed in a bit of coconut oil.

12.  Romaine Lettuce:  Pack of 6 medium sized heads for $3.29.

These romaine lettuce heads are perfect for us!  One head of lettuce is enough lettuce to make a salad for each of us.  The romaine lettuce leaves also make great “wraps.”  Have a paleo taco night and use the leaves as a taco shell.  Yummy!  Romaine has more nutrients that boring old iceberg but still has a crispy crunch.

GRAND TOTAL:  $88.78  for a load of healthy, clean grocery staples that will last us a long time.

I’ll talk about some more of my favorite Costco staples in upcoming posts but this gives you a great start and a shopping list if you’re heading to Costco anytime soon.  Costco can help you save money on a healthy paleo diet.

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Julie

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5 thoughts on “Paleo and Costco – My favorite paleo friendly staples

  1. gotta love Costco! Right now I am using the Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil, I will have to to try Costco.

  2. I bought the organic diced tomatoes at Costco without looking at the ingredients. Come to find out they added sugar. I haven’t looked at the ingredients on the tomato sauce, do they add sugar?

    • Jen, I didn’t see anything added to the tomato sauce but now in going to have to double check that and the other tomato predicts I got recently. I’m also trying to figure out if their cans are BPA free. Hate sneaky additives…

  3. I saw the Apple Chicken Sausages, but isn’t the fruit juice concentrate just another kind of sugar? That’s why I put them back.

    • Yes. The fruit juice concentrate is a form of sugar but I feel that the amount (2 grams per serving) is pretty negligible in the grand scheme of things. I also feel that the fruit juice concentrate in the sausages is a better sugar than say added cane sugar. They are the most clean, tasty and readily available sausages I can easily get so I’m okay with the sugar. Also fruit juice added in small quantities as a sweetener is allowed for those doings Whole30 and I also used that to base my decisions on. I’m not totally sugar free Paleo…we do fruit, occasionally dark chocolate and kombucha. All of which have sugar.

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