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Like most moms of toddlers, there are only a few stores that I will take all three of my kids (ages four, three and one) by myself. For several reasons, I choose Costco over other big box retailers. It certainly helps that their shopping carts are large enough for all three of the kids to fit in it if need be. If you plan your day around your shopping trip, plan to go around lunch when they are offering samples. It’s a great way to entice the children to go which, much to my demise, usually ends up being more work than it’s worth. More than anything, the quality of products that Costco carries makes it a top choice for my family. If you are lucky enough to have a Costco nearby, here are our top five favorite items.
Produce, especially watermelon and organic bananas: At just $1.99 for a three-pound bag of organic bananas, you can’t go wrong. Stock up with ready-to-eat ripe bananas as they are a great healthy snack for your children and there are so many great banana recipes available that your whole family will love.
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Apple & Gouda Chicken Sausage (Sausages by Amylu): It’s just $12.99 for a package of 18. Nitrate, MSG and preservative-free with 16 grams of protein and only 130 calories, you can rest assured your family is eating a healthy source of protein. Add a side of steamed veggies and brown rice and dinner is done in under 10 minutes!
Veggie Patty by Don Lee Farms: I pay $12.69 for 12 patties. Made entirely of organic products including vegetables, brown rice flour, egg whites, sunflower seeds, soy bean oil, sea salt and spice, these gluten-free veggie patties taste so good the kids don’t even realize they are good for them.
Kirkland Signature Organic Virgin Coconut Oil: This 42.3 fl oz two-pack of oil, this should last quite some time in your pantry. A cold-pressed, unrefined and chemical-free oil with zero trans or hydrogenated fats, this is a great substitute for olive oil in your everyday cooking. For a quick and healthy snack, melt one teaspoon over medium-high heat in a saucepan and add 1 serving of whole grain popcorn, cover and cook until you no longer hear popping.
>> Read more: 50 Uses of Coconut Oil
Kirkland Whole Almonds: It’s just $16.89 for three pounds. Loaded with a variety of vitamins and minerals, the health benefits of almonds make these tree nuts a great snack to have in your car, your purse or around the house. Eat them by the handful, use them on salads or bake them (at 350 for 10-12 minutes) and throw them in a food processor to make your own homemade almond butter. One bag will make more than three 16-ounce servings of almond butter, which will save you several dollars over buying it pre-made and you can take pride in the fact that you made it yourself!