Clean Eating Shopping At Costco

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Costco is a fabulous place for clean eaters. If you can avoid all the taste testing tables (say that five times fast!), you can actually find some pretty good bargains there and stock your clean eating kitchen or pantry at the same time!

Please keep in mind that the prices listed can vary greatly by region. Also, please note that this is a combination of what I know to be available in my area, and what I actually buy. This is not an all inclusive list. Just a place to start. I tried to include a variety of both organic and non-organic items.

OTHER CLEAN EATING SHOPPING LISTS

ORGANIC PRODUCE

Tip: If you want organic, look for the green hang tags. 

  • SPINACH, organic,fresh, 1 lb tub (around $3)
  • KALE, organic,fresh, 1.5 lb bag  (around $4)
  • SPRING MIX LETTUCE, organic,fresh, 1 lb. tub (around $3)
  • APPLES, organic,fresh, by the box, 5.5 lbs. (around $7)
  • PEARS, organic, fresh, by the box, 6 lbs. (around $6)
  • STRAWBERRIES, organic,fresh, by the tub (around $4)
  • GRAPES, organic,fresh, by the tub (around $4)
  • CARROTS, organic,fresh, 5 lb. bag (around $4)
  • CARROTS, baby, organic, fresh, peeled, 5 lb. bag (around $4)
  • CAESAR KIT MIX, organic, fresh, 1 lb bag (around $ 4) – Dressing is not clean
  • CELERY, organic, fresh, 2 lb. bag (around $5.00)
  • RASPBERRIES, organic,fresh, 24 oz. package (around $3 when in season)
  • BLUEBERRIES, organic,fresh, 1 lb package (around $5 when in season)
  • BLUEBERRIES, organic,frozen, 1 lb. bag (around $10)
  • TRIPLE BERRY MIX, organic,frozen, 1 lb bag, Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries – Radar Farms brand (around $10)

NON-ORGANIC PRODUCE

Tip: When choosing non-organic produce, opt for thicker skinned produce so that you peel off most of the pesticides with the peel or skin.

  • AVOCADOS, conventional, fresh, by the bag (around $7)
  • BANANAS, conventional, fresh, by the box (around $5)
  • ASPARAGUS, conventional, fresh, by the bag (around $6)

DAIRY

Tip: Dairy is always best purchased organic. But not everyone can afford it. Costco used to sell organic milk, but stopped. If they still carry it in your area, that’s always the better choice. If not, buy the best you can afford.

  • GREEK YOGURT, Fage brand, conventional (around $4)
  • MILK, conventional (around $9)
  • COTTAGE CHEESE, conventional, (around $ 5)

POULTRY

Tip: Again, organic is best. But if you can’t afford it, Costco at least has some more affordable options.

  • CHICKEN BREASTS, conventional, boneless, skinless, Kirkland brand (around $16)
  • TURKEY, conventional, ground, lean, 4 packages totaling about 5 pounds ( around $15)
  • TURKEY, organic, ground, lean, 2 packages totaling about 2 1/2 pounds ( around $15)
  • EGGSorganic, 2 dozen (around $6)
  • EGGSconventional, 2 dozen (around $ 4)

PORK

  • PORK, conventional, boneless chops (around $14)

NUTS AND NUT BUTTERS

  • PEANUT BUTTER, conventional, two 40 oz. jars (around $10)
  • ALMOND BUTTER, conventional, one 26 oz. jar (around $5)
  • NUTS IN GENERAL, conventional (range varies depending on type and season)

GRAINS

  • BROWN RICE, organic, 6 lb. bag (around $10)
  • QUINOA, organic, 4 lb. bag (around $10)
  • OATS, conventional (around $6)

PANTRY ITEMS

  • GARLIC POWDER, conventional, 18 oz. plastic bottle (around $4)
  • ONION POWDER, conventional, 19.5 oz. plastic bottle (around $3)
  • DEHYDRATED ONION, chopped, conventional, 11.7 oz. plastic bottle (around $4)
  • CUMIN, ground, conventional, 14 oz. plastic bottle (around $4)
  • CHILI POWDER, conventional, 20 oz. plastic bottle (around $5)
  • CINNAMON, conventional, 10.7 oz. plastic bottle (around $3)
  • BLACK PEPPER, conventional, 12.7 oz. plastic bottle (around $5)
  • HONEY, regular, 40 oz. bottle (around $10)
  • MAPLE SYRUP, grade A, 1 liter (around $15)
  • COCONUT SUGAR, organic (around $12 a bag)
  • DRIED APPLES, bake-dried (around $6 a bag)
  • DRIED FIGS, unsulphured (around $10 a bag)

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85 Comments

  1. graciouspantry says:

    Sadly, it turns out that agave is not clean. 🙁

    1. buggin2stamp says:

      Why? I’ve been told by other sources that it is.

    2. Jeneva Rudis says:

      Really? I must have missed this somewhere… I always thought Tosca preferred agave over honey?

    3. Paige Windahl says:

      Besides being not clean it is incredibly high on the glycemic index!

      1. The Gracious Pantry says:

        Paige – Really? I always thought it was low on the index and that’s why people liked it. Either way, definitely not clean.

  2. andrea groom says:

    We just had a Costco open up in our area. Nice to know they have some organic options. I’ll have to check it out.

  3. Awesome list Tiffany, thank you! I keep an ongoing Costco list on my fridge and will be adding many of these to it. One little tidbit I thought I’d pass along…my favorite greek yogurt is by far Fage. But I also buy Costco’s Kirkland’s brand of plain greek yogurt and it’s pretty good too. Plus it comes w/ two containers in one package so you get much more for your money. If you eat a lot of greek yogurt like I do, that equals big savings. It’s not quite as thick and creamy as the Fage but it’s a close second.

  4. When I was in Costco last week, I found chia seeds. I also buy agave there too. Thanks for the list, I love Costco.

  5. Costco in my area (Long Island, NY) just started selling Carrington Farms organic, unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil. Priced at $15 it is quite a bargain. I had some Nutiva in my pantry and compared the taste, it was equal.

  6. Oh. My. Gosh. I love this post. I don’t even have a Costco near me, but I am looking forward to the other stores to come in the near future!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Count on it! Trader Joe’s is next. 🙂

  7. VERY helpful!!! Thank you!!:-)

  8. Didn’t realize I’ve been doing this forever already, except we don’t eat the swine…

  9. Tammy Miller Pickens says:

    I have been trying to decide if doing the Costco thing would be worth it for us. This list just might tip the scales if favor for Costco!! Thanks so much!!

  10. I didn’t know Costco did organic food. They have some excellent products but it is hard to avoid those sample tables. I wish that everything there would be cost effective to buy in bulk but unfortunately I’ve found you really have to do your math to make sure you are actually saving money with some of the products there.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Yes, that is true. I have to say they have the best deal on organic spinach ever.

  11. Marge Teilhaber says:

    Excellent post! Thanks so much! Another great item is Kirkland Organic no-salt seasoning, 14.5-ounce container. A great marinade mixed with 1/4 cup of EVOO and 1/4 cup of bean, mushroom, or chicken stock.

  12. thanks for the list! We just got a Costco and today I found 15 containers of Chobani, mixed flavors, for $2.97! Thats $.19 a container!!

  13. cschillero says:

    Wish we had one near our home. They have a pretty good organic selection.

  14. Christine Lorenz Cornelius says:

    I have a Sams Club so I can take some of this info and apply it there, thank you

  15. For me.. Costco cleans my bank account out Clean eating indeed. 😉

    I keep my Costco member ship for a handful of certain products they have that I cant get elsewhere. I love their frozen chicken breasts. Not too big & excellent quality. You might ask about their Exec Membership if you’re interested in earning your money back. Supposedly, you will always earn your cost back in cash back, and if you dont, you only have to go to the customer service desk & tell them & they will give you the difference every year. A rep just told me this last month. I love Costco.. but I do spend too much $$ there.

  16. Megan Thompson O'Donnell says:

    Thanks so much…I love Costco, and thought I was doing a pretty good job at “shopping clean” there…I love to have my choices validated!

  17. Krystle Walker says:

    This is perfect! I have to go to Costco this week and seriously this helps with the grocery list.

  18. Jeneva Rudis says:

    I do love me some Costco!!!! It’s so easy to spend a lot though, but the value really is worth it for things you can store/freeze. Thanks for sharing this list!

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  20. graciouspantry says:

    Similar, yes.

  21. graciouspantry says:

    That is entirely possible. I know the Concord store has a wonderful selection of organics. But I’ve heard other people say that their Costco doesn’t carry any organics at all.

  22. Thank you for posting this! I’m so glad to know that the honey and maple syrup I’ve been buying is clean. I noticed that my Costco now has Maple sugar. Thoughts? Clean? I didn’t have the time to really check out the label…

    1. graciouspantry says:

      It’s possible. You’ll have to read the ingredients. If it’s just 100% maple crystals, then yes. It’s clean.

  23. Happinessatmidlife says:

    Thank you for this list! This is help me make better choices and skip the cookies 🙂
    Alice

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  25. Tammie Moran Smith says:

    Wee are considering getting a Costco membership. Thank you for the list!

  26. We are getting a Costco in my area. Can’t wait!

  27. Fantastic list, thank you! – our Costco doesn’t carry all the organic produce you list, but I have signed up for local organic produce delivery. I love that Costco has some great organic products at very reasonable prices. I haven’t found organic milk or meat at Costco, but I do buy frozen blueberries and the kirkland greek yogurt – anyone have any thoughts on the kirkland greek yogurt?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      It should be clean unless it’s flavored. As long as it’s plain yogurt, you should be okay.

  28. I always buy bulk cheddar bricks at Costco and shred / slice at home – what does everyone think of the cheese at Costco? I like getting the specialty cheese when they are on coupon too.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      As far as I know, they are clean.

  29. jo ann marzolf says:

    wow.. considering how much food costco has to sell, this is a pretty small list. Clean eating is gonna be hard… does it get easier with time?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Definitely. And it’s not an all inclusive list either. I’m sure there are more products available. These are just the ones I know of and purchase.

  30. Betsy Dupre says:

    I do shop at Costco but was sad to read the following article regarding there almonds! I found a wonderful recipe for homemade almond milk on Oh She Glows!!

  31. I use coconut oil a lot instead of canola/vegetable oil. I bought a 54 oz organic unrefined jar of coconut oil for $15.99 in Michigan. So awesome

  32. Single Mom in the South says:

    Will you be doing one for BJ’s? We don’t have a Costco! 🙁

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sorry, I don’t have a BJ’s here. 🙁

  33. Can you make one for Publix or Winn-Dixie? Please!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I wish I could, but I don’t have those stores in my area.

  34. Thanks for all the lists. They are very helpful.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      My pleasure!

  35. Char Gust says:

    Best to get honey from a local supplier if you want the benefits of fewer allergies

  36. There Wild Catch Tuna is the BEST tuna ever, low mercury, no added oil, I eat plain, It’s so good!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Good to know! Thanks!

  37. Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much for these lists, very helpful. Although I am ready to switch shopping markets, my husband is not, so this is helpful for lots of people in lots of situations. I have a request 🙂 Do you have a clean shopping list from Sams Club?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stephanie – I don’t have a Sam’s club in my area. But if I find myself in one some day, I’ll do one for them as well. 🙂

  38. Do you happen to have a list for BJs or Giant?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nicky – No, I’ve never heard of those places. Sorry!

  39. Great list! Thanks so much for doing this.

    I’d like to add the Costco organic green feeds, 5 pound size, frozen food section, $5.99 b4 tax. In Colorado Springs Costco’s, they’re available most of the time. V good quality. And the organic frozen blueberries here are 3#s for $8.99. Your list has them at 1# for $10. Yikes

    I have never seen organic grapes at our local Costco’s darn it. They’re mostly from Mexico, and they’re not labeled organic, so I don’t buy them anymore.

    Double thanks to whoever added the comment saying Costco will refund the membership difference if the executive earnings don’t add up to the cost of it. If I ever scale back enough on spending I will get to try that!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bonnie – thanks!

  40. My husband is a Sr. Merchandise Manager at Costco and is always bringing home “new” products for me to try that are clean. They are constantly bringing in new items and they sometimes leave as quick as they come just because the manufacturer can’t keep up. I live on the west coast and we have seen so many new organic clean items. Some consistant ones are Pita Pal Organic Hummus(2lbs), Nature Path, Hemps hearts, chia seeds, Bobs Red Mill products, and chia waffles are coming. They are pursuing the organic and whole products and having great results so it would be worth it to start Costco shopping….once you are in the roll of it, it is cheaper to maintain than to shop elsewhere. Yes the executive membership is well worth it also. We just got a $223 back from last year. It always goes right back into Costco. : )

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Heather – Thanks for the insider info! 🙂

  41. I noticed a possible typo. You have frozen berries listed at 1 lb for ten dollars. My Costco does not sell sizes smaller than 3 lbs for frozen berries and the bag you mentioned is 4 lbs for ten dollars. Aside from that, thank you so very much for this post and your website in general. 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lucy – You’re probably right. I’ll double check next time I go. Thanks!

  42. Our Costco recently started carrying Kirkland brand natural peanut butter! 2 40 oz jars for 10 dollars or so. I was so excited! The taste and consistency are excellent!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Vanessa – Fantastic! 🙂

  43. I have not seen the organic apples, grapes, pears strawberries or coconut sugar at our Costco. They also have organic ground beef approx. 4 lbs for $16.99 and Raw organic sugar for Around $8, and Raw organic coconut oil for $15.99. They are wonderful for organic products. Sam’s doesn’t offer much as far as organic. They have organic spinach, spring mix and now coconut oil. I think that Sam’s is starting to get a little more since its what the consumers want.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica – Thanks!

  44. Hi Tiffany — I just discovered your website last week and am planning to take your advice of making a few small changes at a time to convert my family to clean eating. I have so many questions, but my first is about bread. I have looked over your bread recommendations and noticed that Dave’s Killer Bread is not on your list. I looked at the ingredients and I think it is clean, but honestly I really have no idea. Are you familiar with Dave’s bread? We usually buy the “21 Whole Grains” variety at Costco. I did notice it contains organic dried cane syrup (sugar) so maybe that’s why it isn’t on your clean list? Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kristin – Welcome! I’ve never heard of this bread, but I would avoid it due to the cane syrup, yes.

  45. They just open a Costco a couple of blocks away from my house and I’m so happy that they open five days ago and I’ve been there four times already. Lol
    Im so happy because this one is much bigger than the one I used to go 20 minutes away from my home and this one has so many more organic items like Almond flour, coconut flour, chia seeds etc. They also have a lot more milks.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Wendy – That’s awesome! 🙂

  46. Interesting…. No Seafood options at COSTCO?? I Love salmon

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Pam – The last time I looked, it was all farmed. But I’ll check again…

  47. Costco is definitely my go-to place for produce! Always the cheapest price (except direct from farm, which is only available during our short growing season) and their return policy if it goes off too quickly is fantastic. Mine does stock wild fish too! We just got a BBQ this summer and I love to pick up a big fillet, grill it, and eat it for all three meals 😀

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lindsay – Absolutely!!! You should try grilling on cedar planks. The flavor is unequaled! Especially with salmon!

  48. We are just starting to eat clean, and your site has been a huge help. Thank you!

    We often find wild tuna at Costco, and can sometimes fins wild salmon. One of our favorite Costco items is frozen Sunrise Growers Organic Sweet Cherries. Our store stopped carrying them for a while, so every time we went I filled out a comment card asking that they bring them back. Eventually they did. If your readers can’t find an item that is listed here, i would encourage them to complete a card (or several!) asking for it.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Wesley – Yes! Coscto is great with taking requests!

  49. Natalie Rivera says:

    Thanks but all these prices have gone up by $5 so costco is very much more expensive or as much as whole foods. i rather buy 3 avocados for $1.99 at super target then spend $7 on 4. i dont think costco sells brown organic eggs, blue diamond vanilla almond milk either. doesnt sell Just Mayo anymore which lasted me a long time. they change Quinoa brands too much and always ones i hate. Lol. they dont sell Powder peanut butter by PB2 anymore. its like they sell it for 2 weeks and stop. im kind of sick of how costco keeps doing this. chicken and meat at costco is a lot more expensive and is around the same amount of pounds as the market but cheaper.

    Anyway you (the blogger) can update the prices? these are old and we are not in 2015

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Natalie – The prices listed were the prices I found when I created this list. Prices and availability change from region to region. All I can offer are the products and prices in my area. This is just a general suggestion. You still need to do the research in your own store.

  50. Thanks for the list! I buy their Orgain organic plant based protein powder which is clean!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Heather – Technically, no protein powder is clean. But some are definitely better choices than others! Glad you found one you like! 🙂

  51. Costco deleted my favourite Maple Syrup – #1 Light. It was one of the best listed on the “Graded Maple Syrup” Listing done by Consumer’s Distributing…. I now buy instead PC President’s Choice 100% Pure Maple Syrup Canada No. 1 Light – a 500mL bottle on sale at $9.00. It’s excellent.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ellen – Good to know! Thanks!

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