Costco’s freezer section is practically a treasure trove of healthy options. Nestled amongst the treats for a rainy day are tons of staple items that you can use to whip up a meal. Better yet, the freezer section at Costco also has some meals pretty much ready to go that you can keep stashed away for busy days.
Freezer staples for a healthy lifestyle should include a number of things like fruits and veggies and protein. Makes sense, right? But figuring out exactly what to have in your freezer to stay on track sometimes takes some guidance from nutrition experts, which is why we asked dietitians what their own go-to freezer staples are from Costco. (And for more, here are 6 Things You’ll See at Costco This Year.)
This smoothie blend of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, kale, spinach, and bananas makes your morning drink easy peasy. And it makes six individual smoothies.
“These are always in my freezer,” says Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian. “I add one pouch to each smoothie — it’s the perfect amount! And these foods are very rich in nutrients that help fight disease.”
Having seafood on the hang will ensure you’ve got a protein option when you need it. This fish in particular is rich in vitamin B12 and omega-3s, which are good for your brain and your body as a whole. Beth Wyman, MPH, RD, CDN, CDE, of Wyman Nutrition, recommends always having seafood at the ready and suggests grabbing a bag of whatever you and your family like best—like this 3-pound bag from Costco.
One of the best things you can keep in your freezer at all times is a ready-to-go meal that’s easy and healthy. The Real Good Food’s Chicken Enchiladas sold at Costco are low in carbs but high in protein and very easy to make after a long day of work when you don’t feel like cooking. Eating these with a salad or some stir-fried veggies will make a simple but nutritious meal.
Another quick meal on a busy night is a veggie burger. Palmer especially likes to reach for the Costco frozen Morningstar Farms burgers box when she has company or is grilling out.
“They are rich in plant proteins and can help support a more plant-based eating style,” she notes. These can also be enjoyed with a side salad or even some french fries in the air fryer.
Okay, to be fair, you’ll find these in Costco’s refrigerator department, but you’ll want to grab them and stash them in your freezer. Mia Syn, MS, RDN, suggests picking these up to get a head-start on grilling season, which will be here before you know it. You can keep a pack of these on hand to cook as needed.
“The Applegate Naturals, Do Good Dog uncured hot dogs are a better-for-you (and the planet) way to enjoy hot dogs, since they are made with regeneratively sourced beef that is 100% grass-fed, humanely raised with no antibiotics and free of chemical nitrates and nitrites.”
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