Hello—Happy New Year!
This Year of the Monkey promises plenty of opportunity for those who make an effort to let go of unhelpful patterns of thought and behavior. Following your passions can help you make bold choices with confidence. Although research and planning are helpful, because the Yang Fire Monkey can be unpredictable, we also need to be able to go with the flow and not be too rigid in our thinking or plans. What are some new ways you can take care of yourself this year?
Tips to Shop Healthy & Save Money - Healthy COSTCO Shopping List
In the Chinese zodiac, the Monkey is known to be clever and energetic. This year eating healthier can help you be more energetic and to do so, you don't have to spend your "whole paycheck." I love to support local food producers at the farmer's market and I also like stretching my budget. For an annual membership, you can be a clever Monkey and save on real, minimally processed food atCostco in Superior (or any of their 691 stores in eight countries). And, unlike a certain other discount store, it has good corporate practices that can help you feel good about where you're shopping (and they do carry quite a few Colorado products). As you know, Costco is not a "health food store" and there is plenty of opportunity to make bad choices. But I've compiled a list of some of the healthier items I've bought at Costco to guide newbies in their explorations. Items do come in larger sizes, but many things on my list have a good shelf life and can be stored or frozen until needed. Aside from food you can save on a myriad of other items from electronics and housewares to furniture, clothing and camping gear. They also have one of the best return policies around in case you're ever unhappy with something you've purchased—including the membership.
In the Freezers:
Wild Alaskan Salmon Burgers
Wild Mahi Mahi Filets
Organic Triple Berry Blend (Blueberry, Raspberry, Blackberry)
Organic Sweet Cherries
Organic Broccoli Florets
Organic Green Beans
Organic Baby Peas
Organic Mixed Vegetables
In the Refrigerators:
Cage Free Eggs
Pita Pal Organic Hummus
In the Grocery Aisles:
Avocado Oil (for higher heat cooking, sauteeing, roasting and grilling)
Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil (lower heat cooking and baking)
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (for use in dressings, not cooking)
Organic Lemon Juice (in green glass bottles)
Organic Black Chia Seeds
Organic Hemp Seeds
Organic Chicken Stock
Organic Classico Marinara Sauce
Organic Coconut Flour
Bob's Red Mill Wheat-Gluten-and-Dairy-Free All Purpose Baking Flour
Canned Wild Alaskan Salmon
Sardines in Olive Oil (High in Omega-3's, these are so good for you! I make sardine salad instead of tuna salad using lots of lemon juice, a little mayo, veggies such as celery, and spices—ground turmeric, ginger and cumin.)
Lundberg Organic Brown Rice
Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free Bread
Mary's Gone Crackers (in the snack section near the cash registers)
Himalayan Pink Salt Grinder
Tellicherry Black Pepper Grinder
Organic Heinz Ketchup
Non-GMO Just Mayo
In the Meat Section:
Organic Chicken Breasts
Organic Ground Beef
Fosters Farms Organic Free Range Ground Turkey
In the Refrigerated Produce Section:
Organic Super Greens (Kale, Chard & Spinach in a 5 lb bag. When you wilt/steam it, it reduces quickly, so you can easily go through the bag before it goes bad. I wilt some greens with a bit of water in the same pan after cooking eggs.)
Organic Baby Carrots
Onions* (non-refrigerated produce section)
*although not organic, these are among the fruits and veggies with lowest pesticide residues
I'd be happy to make further suggestions about how to enjoy some of the foods I've listed if you're not familiar with them (quinoa and chia, anyone?). And as always, please feel free to contact me with any of your health questions or concerns.
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