Last week I headed over to Costco to check out their healthy foods and ways to manage our health.
Yes, Costco has amazing baked goods and treats, but I was on a mission to find the healthiest foods to plan my family’s meals around. So I skipped the huge, full of fat muffins that weren’t going to do my blood sugar any favors.
I found some great choices to keep us healthy, like chunk light tuna.
Strawberries are always a big hit in my house.
Having grilled chicken breast strips on hand make for easy salads and wraps for lunches.
We love cheese — buying a reduced fat cheese is a better choice.
We keep turkey on hand for lunches for my youngest child and weekend lunches. Low sodium is a better choice.
I roast sweet potatoes often, and serve them as side dish often. Ialso put them in my spiralizer to make baked fries (first I toss them in a little extra virgin olive oil and then bake at 400 degrees for 15 -20 minutes.
I found a huge pack of boneless skinless chicken breasts. This is perfect for keeping in the freezer and defrosting in the morning before I start work.
Baby spinach is terrific in so many ways. I add it to soups (right before I take it off the flame), smoothies (blueberries will turn the smoothie purple if you use greens), or sautee it with some garlic and extra virgin oil oil for a quick side dish.
I love the health benefits of salmon and buying frozen wild salmon is a healthier and less costly way to feed your family. Mix up low sodium marinades and bake it in the oven for an easy dinner. Each piece is vacuum packed in plastic and can be defrosted quickly in a bowl of hot water.
I love my Vitamix, so I was so happy to see it demoed at Costco. I make smoothies practically every day and will also make soups and sauces in it.
Did you know that Costco also has a great pharmacy? If you are diabetic, Costco’s pharmacy offers all the supplies you need, at great prices. They also offer a magazine especially for people living with diabetes called CDiabetes, where you can also find articles on living with diabetes written by Diabetes Influencers. If you’re a twitter fan, you can jump onto twice monthly Diabetes Chats, hosted by CDiabetes.com and diabetes influencers. Check CDiabetes.com for date and topic and look for hashtag #diabeteschat on twitter.
You can also find pamphlets for quitting smoking and health and wellness.
Pick up great healthy living guides at Costco.
Tip: Use fruits that are lower sugar like Strawberries, melons, and honeydew in smoothies. Buy them frozen so you won’t need to add ice into your smoothies.
I was able to find vitamins and healthy snacks for my kids, as well as sunscreen from The Honest Company — so many great choices for my family’s health.
Easy Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Fries
I love sweet potato fries, but roasting them is a lot healthier and than deep frying. However, cutting the sweet potatoes up isn’t always easy. If you own a spiralizer or a mandoline, it’s so much quicker than getting out the ‘ole chopping knife.
I also put them in my Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer (see how to spiralize veggies here) to make baked fries (first I toss them in a little extra virgin olive oil) and then bake at 400 degrees for 15 -20 minutes. Delish! The roasting brings out some sweetness and is a perfect and simple side dish with lots of natural vitamins.