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10 Healthy Foods You Need In Your Costco Cart ASAP

These low-carb foods are tasty!

Costco is a wholesale wonderland, and a healthy-but-harried-eater’s best friend. Not only does it have all your household necessities in bulk, but it also makes it so much easier to eat smart, providing shoppers with all you need to keep your carb intake down (if that’s your thing) while packing in as many nutrients and as much flavor as possible.

As anyone who shops there knows, this mega-grocer has an endless variety of fruits and vegetables, fresh, and pre-cooked proteins and all the healthy snacks your body craves to stay energized throughout the day. On top of that is the wide variety of frozen meals you can choose from, taking cooking out of the equation entirely.

Feeling overwhelmed with the challenge of eating healthy? To help with your next Costco run, we’ve rounded up 10 tasty, low-carb and healthy foods for you to stock up on:

1. Acai Blend

This acai blend by Sambazon is perfect for creating that Instagram-worthy smoothie bowl. This super blend incorporates omega-3, 6 and 9, which are supposed to be good or both your cholesterol levels and immune functioning, as well as vitamins A, C and potassium. Top off this blend with granola, nuts and fresh fruit and you’re ready to take on the day!

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2. String Cheese

We love snacking on pre-packaged string cheese for several reasons. They’re easy to eat on the go, they contain only one gram of carbs per serving and they’re high in calcium. Plus, who remembers how fun pulling apart these cheese sticks were as a kid? It’s still fun as an adult!

3. Vegetable Stir-Fry Blend

This easy-to-prepare vegetable blend is perfect for when you need to whip up a hearty meal quickly. Add your choice of protein with some seasonings and a touch of olive oil and you have a balanced lunch or dinner.

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4. Coconut Clusters

These delicious bites are a tasty treat any time of day. With pumpkin, sunflower and chia seeds, these slightly-sweet clusters are organic, gluten-free and wheat-free, and have no added fat.

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5. Chicken Breast

These individually wrapped chicken breasts make cooking a breeze. And at 99 percent fat-free, it’s an ideal protein eat on its own or to add to salads, stir-fries, soups and more.

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6. Cauliflower Rice

An easy dinnertime swap? Cauliflower rice instead of white or brown rice. Did you know that a cup of cauliflower rice has only five grams of carbs, as opposed to the 45 grams of carbs in a cup of regular rice? Save yourself the 160 calories for a special treat later in the week. Not to mention cauliflower is packed with vitamins including C, K and B6.

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7. Fage Total 0% Nonfat Greek Strained Yogurt

Grab a tub of this creamy, nonfat Greek yogurt for the next time you’re craving ice cream. Scoop a few spoonfuls of the yogurt into a bowl and top with healthy ingredients such as berries, coconut flakes, a drizzle of honey and nuts for some texture, and you’re all set to crush that craving. Good to know: Six ounces of fat-free, plain Greek yogurt contains only 7 grams of carbohydrates!

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8. Brad’s Kale Chips

Next time you’re tempted to pop open a bag of greasy, deep-fried potato chips, why not pop open a bag of kale chips instead? These crunchy bites are air-crisped and battered with natural ingredients like raw cashews and sunflower seeds. They may not taste exactly like Lay’s, but they’re guilt-free and pretty addictive!

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9. Almond Butter

This versatile staple is not only satisfying right out of the jar, but great when paired with fresh fruits, eaten on celery or blended in smoothies. Almond butter is good for you, too — it’s high in the fats that keep your heart healthy and it’s a great source of protein.

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10. Wholly Guacamole Organic Minis Guacamole

Fans of avocados will enjoy these individually portioned guac cups made with Hass avocados. With zero preservatives, it’s a healthy, organic snack that pairs perfectly with veggie sticks, on quinoa bowls, with grilled meats and more.

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What are some of your go-to buys at Costco?