So I’m often asked “Where do you buy your food?” Well when I first started this journey in January 2004, organic food was pretty scarce in Memphis, TN. Now (thank the Lord on high) it is much easier to find.
We shop at various places like Whole Foods aka “Whole Paycheck”, Kroger, Fresh Market, and local Farmer’s Markets. And my wife Micah does a pretty good job of keeping up with which store carries what, and who has better prices, etc.
A couple years ago we discovered that Costco has a great selection of organic food and health food. So I thought it would be fun and helpful to take pictures of the super healthy food we buy at Costco on a regular basis.
Now from what I understand, different Costco stores carry different things, so your Costco may not have everything that mine does. Regardless, if you haven’t yet, you should definitely check out your local Costco to see what they have. Take some time to stroll the grocery aisles. I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Note: I am a huge advocate of buying local organic produce from family farms, but the reality is that most of these items are just not available at my local farmers market, especially in the winter. Also I am not being compensated in any way to endorse Costco.
Here’s a sampling of what we buy at our local Costco:
Organic Carrots For Juicing! This is the same brand that we used to buy at Whole Foods,
Organic Spring Mix for my Giant Cancer Fighting Salads
Organic Baby Spinach. Another salad staple. Also great in fruit smoothies.
Spinach is pretty bland and doesn’t affect the taste of smoothies.
It’s an easy one to sneak in, if your kids drink fruit smoothies.
Organic frozen Mixed Berries: Blueberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries.
A key ingredient of my Anti-Cancer Smoothie!
Sometimes this mix also contains strawberries. Other times they have big bags of organic strawberries that I buy separately.
Sometimes they only have these huge bags of frozen Organic Wild Blueberries.
Hey I’ll take what I can get!
And here’s some frozen Organic Dark Sweet Cherries.
Great for smoothies in the winter when they are in season.
Big bags of frozen Organic Broccoli Florets. I mainly put this in smoothies.
I prefer fresh broccoli for salads.
Creamy Roasted Almond Butter. Ok it’s not organic, but still, it’s great to see almond butter at Costco. Also it’s not raw, but don’t be afraid of roasting…
According to this peer-reviewed study, roasting almonds doubled the antioxidant activity and phenolic compounds in almond skins, better than freeze drying or oven drying. Also raw organic almonds and almond butter can be crazy expensive. So yes, sometimes I buy non-organic roasted almond butter.
Raw Hemp Seed! I completely lost it when I first saw this at Costco last year.
Whoever is in charge of their grocery merchandising is my new hero. Hemp truly is a superfood. It is arguably the best source of plant-based protein on earth, plus it has the perfect ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids at 4:1. Three tablespoons gives you 11 grams of protein. Shelled hemp seeds are very soft and the taste reminds me of sunflower seeds. And although hemp seeds cannot get you high, it is still illegal to grow them in the US, so most hemp is imported form Canada, including this brand. Hemp seeds are great to put in smoothies, oatmeal, and the Budwig CCFO (Cottage Cheese Flax Oil) mixture.
Organic Flax Seed Powder Flax seed is a terrific source of omega 3’s, fiber and protein.
I put this smoothies too, and it’s also great for oatmeal and CCFO.
USDA Organic unfiltered cold-pressed Coconut Oil. YEEEESSSS!
This is a new addition to my local Costco. I saw it for the first time a couple months ago.
Usually a 16oz jar is like $12 bucks. This is a 54oz jar for $16 bucks!
We cook with it, put it in smoothies, eat it by the spoonful, put it on our skin, you can even use it as deodorant.
If you are like, “Coconuts?” Read my post on coconuts here.
USDA Certified Organic Gala and Fuji Apples. About $9 for 12 apples.
Cool. Throw ‘em in the cart.
USDA Organic Brown Basmati Rice in large bags. Yes I’ll take some of that, thank you.
And just a few feet away: Organic Sprouted Rice and Quinoa Blend. Super yes.
California Pomegranates 6 for $12.99. That’s actually a good price. Poms be expensive!
Also I don’t worry about them not being organic because I don’t eat the skins.
See this post for which produce to always buy organic.
For the meat eaters…
Wild Alaskan Copper River Sockeye Salmon
This is pretty much the only fish I eat. $9 per pound is a very good price.
Notice I took this photo in 2011, little did I know that it would take me a year and a half to
get around to doing this post. Sheesh.
Oh and check this out: Farm Raised Salmon on the left, Wild-Caught Salmon on the right.
Um yeah, definitely go with wild-caught.
Here’s a fun experiment, cook them side-by-side and do a taste test.
You will be amazed at the taste difference and will never buy farm-raised fish again.
I wrote a post all about the horribleness of farm-raised fish here.
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