Food & Nutrition

Here’s What to Buy at Costco to Make Tons of Meals and Snacks

If you’re wondering what to buy at Costco right now, I’ve got you covered. Because from the looks of things, most of us are going to have to stay put for the next couple of weeks, practicing social distancing in order to help flatten the curve of new infections of the new coronavirus. That means fewer trips outside—including trips to the grocery store. One of the best ways to stay prepared during these turbulent times is by having nonperishable food on hand that you can turn into delicious meals at a moment’s notice.

Truth be told, even when we aren’t practicing social distancing due to an international public health crisis, shopping for staples at Costco is the highlight of my month.

In fact, I buy all of my staples in bulk on a monthly basis. Typically I go to the local farmers market and a local grocery store every weekend to get whatever I need for my weekly meal prep. Of course, the farmers market isn’t feasible right now, but you’ll see below that you can get just about everything you need for a balanced, nutritious, delicious meal just from the bulk stuff at Costco.

So here’s what to buy at Costco right now, including 14 of my favorite nonperishable staples that aren’t canned beans or tomatoes.

Remember that if you have a fever or cough and suspect you might have the new coronavirus, you should not leave your house to buy groceries (or for any reason that isn’t absolutely necessary). You should call your doctor and follow the steps described here. If you are well enough to shop, practice good social distancing while you’re at the store. Learn more about exactly how to practice social distancing here.

1. Homai Organic Brown Rice (15 lb. bag)

Price: $ 13.99

Fun fact: As a registered dietitian, I recommend trying to get at least three food groups (starch, fat, protein, and fruits/veggies) per meal. Now, this isn’t a “rule” and obviously isn’t always possible, but getting three food groups will help you stay more satisfied both mentally and physically at mealtimes. This rice is perfect for the starch group because it’s tasty and costs pennies per serving. In my house we cook a batch of this every week, and the package lasts for months on end.

Preparation ideas:

2. Nature’s Touch Organic Very Berry Burst (5 lb. bag)

Price: $ 11.89

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