It has been gorgeous here. What a difference the sunshine and warm temperatures make in my mood and energy levels! I think I need to move south. But we’re not going anywhere, so for now I’ll soak up the spring warmth and gorgeous blooms.
The Spring Reset kicked off on Monday with an awesome group of ladies. I’m committed more than I was in January- I was leading the group then, but with the marathon/breastfeeding combo I was eating everything all the time. This time, my appetite is under control and I’m really excited to fully participate and feel good. Two days down and I’m feeling great!
I found some great stuff at Costco on my last trip and thought I’d share some of my go-to items, many of which help with fast healthy meals. There is a lot at Costco that is not a good deal (in my opinion – I like to do the math and pay attention to these things!) But the following items met my approval…
Frozen Blueberries: These giant bags are more cost effective and we go through blueberries like crazy. My daughter requests oatmeal with blueberries almost every morning and we use them to sweeten smoothies and to in homemade popsicles.
Quick Lunch: The ingredient list on these Channa Masala packets is surprisingly simple and clean. They are a go to fast lunch for me (often over greens or quinoa) when I have no leftovers.
Chicken Stock: We make our own broth every time we roast a whole chicken, but this is a great back up. Broth is great for digestion and it also adds great flavor to quinoa or rice.
Organic Chicken: Better price for organic chicken than our grocery stores and great to have on hand!
Dumplings: These aren’t entirely “clean” depending on your definition but they make a great appetizer for entertaining and are a huge crowd pleaser!
Organic Eggs: We go through a lot of eggs between the four of us. Over easy at breakfast or scrambled with veggies at lunch or in a frittata or quiche for dinner.
Seaweed: I love these snacks! Did you know a lack of iodine is a major cause of salt cravings? Sea vegetables are a great source of iodine- I grab these when I want a salty snack.
Wild Salmon: I usually season my own salmon with a splash of lemon and soy sauce, but this is yummy and makes dinner super fast.
Amy’s Lentil Soup: This is another great quick lunch. I often stir spinach into the hot soup until it wilts. Bonus: there are no scary ingredients and no hidden sugars. However, if you’re used to regular soups you will notice the sodium difference.
Coconut Oil: Check out this giant tub! We keep this by our stove and use it for everything: eggs, easy fried rice or stir frys, sauteing tofu or chicken, and melt it for baking in healthy muffins and cookies.
Organic Quinoa: In small quantities at Whole Foods or other natural groceries, quinoa can be very expensive. The bulk bag is a decent deal. I like to cook a batch (1 cup in 2 cups of chicken broth) for salads for the week, or for a Quinoa Power Bowl.
Salsa: There once was a day when I made and/or canned all of our salsa. That is not happening these days. We’re both picky about salsa but were surprised to like this one. Besides the usual Mexican dishes, it’s great on top of a sweet potato with black beans, or mixed with hummus as a salad dressing, or mixed with nut butter and lime for a simple noodle dressing… I know it sounds weird but I promise it’s good!!
Also unpictured: a giant bag of dates! I love to blend those with nuts and chia, flax or cocoa, etc for homemade energy balls.
What do you buy in bulk?
Do you shop Costco? What are your favorites?