10 Favorite Plant-based Food Finds at Costco

As a personal trainer and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I make it my mission to look for healthy plant-based foods to incorporate into my diet and share with clients.

Maybe it’s hitting the big 4-0, but my idea of fun is walking up and down the aisles of Costco seeing what new, healthy and organic foods they have! On my latest trip, I came across these 10 plant-based foods that anyone can incorporate into their lifestyle! Plus you get a great deal!

1) Organic chia seeds

I add these to my protein shakes to give them a boost of calcium, fiber and omega 3s! They also expand and keep you fuller longer!

2) Unsweetened almond milk

I use almond milk as a base for my protein shakes and in my overnight oats. For only 30 calories per cup, you can enjoy it guilt free!

3) Organic Hemp Hearts

These have a nutty taste and provide 10 grams of protein in 3 tablespoons! They make a great addition to your salads, smoothies or coconut yogurt.

4) Almonds

Just 23 almonds as an afternoon snack provides you with calcium, magnesium, potassium and 6 grams of protein! And, yes, apparently my cat likes them, too!

5) Avocados

6 avocados for only $5.99? Thank you Costco! I eat them plain, in my salads, and even to make pudding. They are a great source of potassium and vitamin C to support a healthy immune system.

6) Almond Butter

Need I say more! I eat the stuff out of the jar, it’s so addictive! A great snack at night to satisfy a sweet tooth is 3 frozen banana slices topped with almond butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

7) Organic Riced Cauliflower

It’s a great alternative to rice if you’re trying to reduce your carb intake. My personal favorite is cilantro lime cauliflower rice with black beans.

8) Organic Blueberries

These are a staple in my freezer, and they are great for my morning smoothie. They have lots of anti-oxidants and fiber to keep your digestion on point.

9) Organic Coffee

Because . . . COFFEE!!! I start my morning with 2 cups of coffee and a splash of almond milk. The caffeine is a great pre-workout.

10) Organic Cacao Powder

This “sweet” find is great for chocolate lovers. Mix it into a shake, make protein energy balls, cacao banana ice cream, black bean brownies, the possibilities are endless!

Costco is always stocking its shelves with new, healthy foods that I look forward to sharing with you. Stay up to date with all these food finds, as well as, healthy tips and recipes by following me @yourfaveveggiegal on Instagram for more inspiration.

Detox Coleslaw Salad

I am growing fresh herbs in my kitchen right now, and I decided to use the cilantro and parsley to garnish this salad. Cilantro detoxifies heavy metals from the body, while parsley helps relieve bloating, improves digestion and is high in anti-oxidants.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coleslaw
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/4 cup roasted red pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 large garlic stuffed green olives, sliced
  • Fresh cilantro and parsley to garnish
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar

Directions:

Combine everything in a bowl and garnish with the parsley and cilantro. Enjoy!

Chocolate Avocado Mousse Pie

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 5 Tbs cacao or carob powder
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Graham cracker pie shell
  • Banana slices or berries to garnish

Blend in a Vitamix until smooth. Put in a graham cracker pie shell and top with banana slices or berries. Serve chilled.

Banana Almond Butter Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are the perfect mix of healthy carbs, fats and protein. They are a great on the go breakfast to help keep you full all morning long! They are also a great breakfast to eat post-workout!

Glow Healthy Meal Prep Tip: Store all the dry ingredients in Mason jars in the fridge at the beginning of the week. Put the wet ingredients in the Mason jar the night before you are going to eat it and voila! Grab and go breakfast!

Maple Roasted Acorn Squash


I bought acorn squash a couple of weeks ago and I decided tonight was the night to roast them. I had a plan to make a savory dish, but then I remembered I had vegan Field Roast breakfast sausage in my freezer and immediately I thought of breakfast. So I made a batch of quinoa and mixed everything together to make this protein packed sweet (but not overly sweet) meal. It came out amazing and was very simple to make!

Ingredients:

  • 2 acorn squash, cut in half
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (Cook according to directions
  • 6 Vegan Field Roast breakfast sausages, cut into small chunks
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 1 tsp olive oil 

Directions:

Roast the acorn squash face down on 400 degrees for about 40 minutes or until soft. Cook the quinoa according to package. Scoop out the flesh of the acorn squash and put in a separate pan with the sausage and cooked quinoa. Drizzle the maple syrup and add some cinnamon to taste. Cook until warm and then serve in the acorn squash shell! Enjoy!