10 Best Healthy Breakfast Foods to Buy at Costco, According to a Dietitian
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I love breakfast (check out my all time favorite breakfast here). I'm a morning person, and after water and coffee (mmmmm, coffee) I almost always start my day with breakfast. For me, the key to a good breakfast is that it has to be satisfactory. I don't want to deal with the hanger just an hour later. This means you will enjoy a good balance of protein, healthy fats, and fiber most mornings. It could look like oatmeal with nuts and fruits, a yogurt parfait with berries and cereal, a smoothie with peanut butter toast, or an egg and cheese sandwich (try these high-protein breakfasts for inspiration). One place that never lets me down for all of my breakfast needs is Costco. They have a wide variety of foods to help you start your day off right. Check out my favorite breakfast items to pick up at Costco (and if you need inspiration for other meals, here are my favorite healthy Costco foods and my favorite Costco healthy snacks).
1. Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Flapjack and waffle mix
My dad loves making pancakes from scratch, but I need super simple. With Kodiak Cakes, all you have to do is add water. And yet they are made with all the ingredients I would use like whole wheat flour, oatmeal, buttermilk powder, and a little sugar (only 2g of sugar per serving, that's a 1/2 teaspoon). They also contain protein, so one serving of pancakes is 14g. I think they taste light and fluffy (and almost as tasty as my dad's homemade pancakes), but they have a head start when it comes to nutrients and convenience. The mixture is a great price at Costco and comes in a large box with three individually sealed bags.
2. Quaker oats
Yes, it is possible to eat your way through a 5 pound box of oatmeal. We often make oatmeal for breakfast (in the microwave on busy mornings, here's how to make it). It's a whole grain with heart-healthy fiber. You can add your own flavors by topping these oatmeal with blueberries, bananas, apples, or more. Overnight oats are another breakfast favorite.
3. Pure Elizabeth organic cereal
My favorite cereal is homemade (and EatingWell has some great recipes to try out). But when I run out of time to make my own, Purely Elizabeth delivers amazing flavors and tastes in store-bought packaging. It's a bit more expensive, but Costco carries a 24-oz bag of Purely Elizabeth Grain-Free Granola for $ 15.99 (which is a lot less per ounce than you would pay for smaller bags in regular store). It consists of nuts, seeds and coconut and gives yogurt or smoothies a nice crunch.
4. Dave's killer bread
I always try to have a whole grain bread ready for a quick breakfast roll or toast. Dave's Killer Bread 21 Whole Grains and Seeds is made from whole grain flour and contains 5 g of fiber and 5 g of protein per slice. These nutrients will help fill you up as they take longer to digest. It is supplied in a pack of 2. So if you're not going through bread quickly, you can keep it in your freezer and toast it as needed. I love topping this with peanut butter and sliced banana or eggs and avocado for a filling breakfast.
Eggs are a high protein breakfast staple, and if you consume them quickly around your home, Costco is the place to stock up on. You will be buying 2 dozen at a time, but you can get cage-free and organic eggs for a very affordable price. Eggs also provide the minerals choline, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which are carotenoids important for healthy eyes (learn more about the health benefits of eggs). Enjoy scrambled eggs, a sandwich or be inspired by one of our breakfast eggs.
6. Frozen fruits
If you have space in your freezer, grab a bag of frozen fruit the next time you visit Costco. Frozen fruit is usually cheaper than fresh, and it's frozen at maximum ripeness so it's just as nutritious. The varieties vary by store, but I usually see mango, berries, cherries, and more. They're all perfect for adding to smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt parfaits for breakfast.
7. Bob's Red Mill oatmeal cups
Buying a big bag of oatmeal will get you more bang for your buck, but if you never have time to eat breakfast, these oatmeal cups might be a better option for you. No added sugar, just oatmeal, chia seeds and flax seeds (with a pinch of sea salt). They provide around 200 calories, 7 grams of protein, and 7 grams of fiber. You will be ready in 3 minutes, just add hot water. I like simply topping oatmeal with fruit and nut butters or simply enjoying them as a simple but hearty snack. Bonus, these oats are gluten-free too.
Costco sells a variety of yogurts, but I like scooping their plain Greek yogurt for breakfast. Yogurt is high in protein and goes so well with fruit and muesli (or muesli). I also like to add it to smoothies to make them a little more filling. I recommend leaving out the high sugar flavored yogurts and sweetening them at home with fruit or a little sweetener (you will probably still use less if you add your own).
9. Baby spinach
This may not feel exactly like a breakfast item, but listen to me. Costco sells large tubs (or bags, I've seen both) of pre-washed baby spinach. It's perfect for salads or dinner, but also wonderful in smoothies or eggs. Try this recipe for scrambled eggs and spinach or make my favorite peanut butter and jelly green smoothie.
Muesli alone usually doesn't fill me up for breakfast, but I love having something to eat in the morning when muesli sounds best (it's super kid-friendly too). Cheerios are made from whole grain oats and only have 2g of sugar per serving (some cereals have much, much more!). This goes well with yoghurt, milk of your choice or some fruit for a classic and healthy breakfast.
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