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.
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!
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.