If you’re wondering what to buy at Costco, look no further! I’m sharing 21 of the best healthy Costco snacks that make it into our cart. These healthy snacks to buy at Costco are made with nutritious ingredients and are kid-friendly, but also great for adults, too!
When I approach snacking and healthy eating for kids, my philosophy is to focus on meals (so that kids aren’t grazing all day), but I’m also realistic and understand that snacking is sort of a necessity in our culture and way of life. And that’s fine! Sometimes snacks are super nutritious (veggies and greek yogurt veggie dip) and sometimes they are a little more on the “fun” side (bars, crackers, etc.). There’s room for both. 🙂
The important thing is to make sure that you’re offering options that have a bit of protein, fiber, or healthy fats in them. If it’s mostly empty calories, their hunger won’t be satisfied! So pair pretzels with some peanut butter, or seaweed snacks with a cheese stick, etc.
What to Buy at Costco:
The healthy food at Costco has always been a draw for me, but when we lived in LA it was too much of a nightmare to deal with. Now that we are in Minneapolis, I probably get there once a month, more often if we have a party or something specific that we need to buy.
When it comes to healthy Costco snacks, or any snacks really, I like to start with fresh and single-ingredient items. Veggies, fruits, cheese sticks, applesauce, nuts/seeds, etc. But, I also find it incredibly convenient to have an assortment of individually packaged snacks that can be thrown into a bag as we’re rushing out the door to dance class (late again, per usual…why?!).
So while I’m including a few fresh items that are also individually packaged, most of the snacks in my best costco snack list fall under the packaged category. One more note! While these healthy costco snacks are obviously found at Costco, many of them are available elsewhere, too! I’ve included amazon links where available.
Healthy Costco Snacks: Sweet
Prana Deluxe Chocolate Trail Mix: This trail mix is a tempting combo of nuts, chocolate, and dried fruit. The chocolate tastes like a treat, but the nuts will balance it out. (Make sure your kids are old enough for nuts, they are a choking hazard!)
Autumn’s Gold Grain Free Granola Bars: While I’m not paleo or grain free, I appreciate many products that are because they are usually packed with nutritious ingredients. This is a great choice for a wholesome bar.
Pure Layered Fruit Bars: These bars taste like fruit snacks, but are made with fruit and have no sugar added. My kids are still young enough that this is a “treat!”
Kirkland Trail Mix: Again, a little chocolate balanced out with nuts is ok! I like to also keep these for myself.
Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars: My kids love these bars! They are sweet, but also made with whole grains.
Clif Kid Z Bars: Another one of the bars in our healthy costco snacks rotation.
Made Good Granola Minis: These little granola pouches are made without peanuts and tree nuts, so would also be a great snack for school if you have a no-nut school.
Kind Bars: See my notes about nuts and chocolate above. 🙂 Kind Bars are delicious and have lower sugar levels and higher protein levels than most bars! These are a great option for older kids and adults.
Aussie Bites: These wholesome little bites taste SO good and are packed with oats, dried fruit, seeds, etc.
Healthy Costco Snacks: Salty
Pirate’s Booty: Puffs are easy for young eaters, so it’s always something that we’ve kept on hand. Made with minimal ingredients, it’s also peanut and tree nut free.
SunChips: 100% whole grain chips and minimal ingredients.
Skinny Pop Popcorn: Popcorn and oil, that’s it! Good option for older kids as popcorn is a choking hazard.
Harvest Snaps Pea Crisps: These pea crisps are another good option for young kids as they are soft and dissolve easily, but also have some protein and fiber and are made from peas.
Whisps Cheese Crisps: Chips made from cheese! Great protein snack to have on-hand. The parmesan does have a strong flavor!
Simple Mills Almond Flour Cracker: These crackers are very mild in flavor, but are made with ingredients like almond flour and other seeds so that they pack a little nutrition in.
Triscuit Crackers: 100% whole grain classic cracker!
Hippeas (Chickpea Puffs): Puffs made from chickpeas! They pack in protein and fiber.
Organic Seaweed Snacks: Seaweed snacks don’t offer much nutrition in terms of calories, protein, fiber, etc. but they do have a great flavor that I like to expose my kids to! Just pair with something that has a little substance.
Healthy Costco Snacks: Refrigerated
Wholly Guacamole Minis: Add some healthy fats to snack time. Use chips, veggies, or crackers to dip!
Kirkland Organic Hummus Minis: Add a little extra fiber and flavor to snacks. Use chips, veggies, or crackers to dip!
Organic Hard-Boiled Eggs (2 pack): Perfect way to add some protein into snacks. Serve them for breakfast with toast or snacks with some crackers or pretzels.
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