I have to be honest, up until a few months ago, I was not a fan of Costco. I know, I know, I’m probably the only one out there, but I just don’t find myself needing massively giant bags, jars, and boxes of goods that often. It’s only my partner and me in a one-bedroom condo, so there’s not a whole lot of room to store 68 rolls of paper towel.
But, earlier this year, I begrudgingly signed up for a Costco membership with one sole purpose; our 3-week trip to Hawaii. I heard multiple times that Costco was the only way to get somewhat affordable groceries in Hawaii. (That was very accurate advice.) Since we would be there for such a long time and prefer to eat most of our meals at home, it was the right move.
I was shocked and pleasantly surprised by the number of great products Costco now carries for those of us following a real food, clean, keto lifestyle. We stocked up on fresh, organic produce, nuts, and seeds, healthy fats and oils, everything we would need for our trip. (See everything about our healthy eating while traveling here.)
While the membership paid for itself in that one 3-week trip, I still enjoy an occasional trip to Costco to grab those items that we use A LOT, which happen to be most what made it onto this list.
WHAT IS CLEAN KETO?
The biggest undertaking for me and for these posts is to sift through the “healthy” products to find those that are truly high-quality with no hidden crap.
This leads into the discussion we need to have around food quality and what I consider “clean” keto. The products listed in this post, and any other information I provide about keto food choices, are all based on real food ingredients only.
There is not nearly enough discussion about food quality in the keto community. I firmly believe this causes people even more health issues as they make the switch to a keto diet without concern for the quality of the foods that make up their new low-carb, high-fat diet.
So, there may be some items missing from this list that you would think make the keto-friendly cut. While they might be considered keto based solely on their macronutrient ratios, they do not make the clean keto cut because of the ingredients used. Let’s take a look at the criteria I use to determine if it’s a clean keto product.
CLEAN KETO CRITERIA:
- Animal products from properly-raised animals
- No gluten or grains
- No refined sugars
- Grass-fed, full-fat, raw when possible, dairy
- Organic ingredients when possible
- No soy or soy derivatives
- No artificial colors or flavors
- Preservatives derived from real food ingredients only and kept to a minimum
NOT CLEAN KETO:
- Processed sugars: sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, etc.
- Refined flours and starches: unbleached flour, wheat flour, rice flour, modified food starch, corn starch, etc.
- Processed, denatured oils: canola oil, soybean oil, safflower/sunflower oil, vegetable oil, etc.
- Gums, fillers, and additives: dry milk powder, carrageenan, xanthan gum, etc.
Please note: This doesn’t mean you can’t ever have these ingredients, it just means that in your quest for a clean keto lifestyle, you are searching for alternatives that don’t contain these ingredients and keeping them to an occasional basis.
Last thing to mention before we get into this epic list: remember to consider the items on this list as options that may or may not work in your version of a keto diet. Some people can eat more carbohydrates while others need to minimize them to feel their best. What works for you isn’t necessarily what your neighbor should be doing. Keep an open mind with these products and if you’re interested in including them on your plate, test them! Have a serving, then notice how you feel afterward. If you’d like, check your ketones to see if you remain in ketosis. With this information, you can then make an informed decision as to whether that product becomes part of your keto diet or not. What I’m trying to say here is, do YOU!
31 CLEAN KETO FINDS AT COSTCO
Real talk: I don’t recommend most meat sources from Costco. They still don’t carry grass-fed beef (note: organic does not mean grass-fed or properly-treated) or pasture-raised, so make sure to read the labels before purchasing meat there.
However, they do have some great options from other brands! Sausage, hotdogs, salmon, and tuna all make the clean keto cut. PS…you MUST get Teton Waters hotdogs, they are amazing.
Boulder Sausage Breakfast Sausages
Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon
Sabatino’s Organic Chicken Sausages
Teton Waters 100% Grass-Fed Hotdogs
Wild Planet Wild-Caught Tuna
Costco has a great selection of organic vegetables available and at really great deals. I’ve found the freshness to be a little hit or miss, and also keep in mind that you’ll have to go through that WHOLE amount before it goes bad; something that can prove challenging with massive bags of peppers, carrots, spinach, and zucchini!
Where Costco really gets their veggie selection right is in the frozen section! Organic riced cauliflower and butternut squash noodles were just a few of the time-saving frozen veggies they had in stock. Throw a frozen veggie medley in a skillet with your favorite cooking fat and cut of meat and you have a 10-minute dinner!
Organic Riced Cauliflower
Organic Butternut Squash Spirals
NUTS AND SEEDS
As expected, the nuts and nut butter stole the show during this Costco run. The Nuttzo butter is delicious (although be prepared with floss for the chia seeds that will be stuck in your teeth), and who doesn’t need a massive jar of organic almond butter?!
Large bags of chia seeds (Chia seed pudding for breakfast anyone?!) and almond flour (If you haven’t already, please make these keto coconut butter tahini cookies and you’ll understand why you need the extra.) are enough for me to make a special trip to Costco.
Nuttzo Nut And Seed Butter
Organic Almond Butter
Organic Chia Seeds
Go Raw Mixed Seeds
Blanched Almond Flour
There is no better place for an LCHF (low-carb, high-fat) person to shop for fats than Costco. They’ve really upped their game lately and I was very impressed to see some high-quality fats and oils on the shelves. What a steal on Chosen Foods avocado oil and mayo! With as much as I am making my ranch dressing recipe, stocking up is a must.
Beware: all olive oils are NOT created equal. In order to avoid buying rancid, denatured olive oil, look for the dark glass bottle, not the clear plastic bottle which they have displayed right next to each other.
Kerrygold Grass-Fed Butter
Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo
Wholly Guacamole Minis
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Chosen Foods Avocado Oil
CONDIMENTS AND SPICES
Time to add some flavor! I was so excited to see this really clean fat-based coffee creamer from Karma Kafe. What a fun morning routine addition! I was even more thrilled to see a massive container of my favorite sauerkraut. This Wildbrine kraut was the best deal of the trip, no question. It was almost the same price as a container half the size at other grocery stores. Between my partner and I, we managed to get through the whole thing in a week!
Don’t forget to stock up on salt too; gotta keep those electrolytes in check.
Hatch Valley Green Chile
Karma Kafe Keto Creamer
Sundried Tomatoes In Olive Oil
Mateo’s Gourmet Salsa
Wildbrine Raw Organic Sauerkraut
Navitas Organic Cacao Powder
Himalayan Pink Salt
If you’re going to eat dairy, it should definitely be Kerrygold cheese! While it is pasteurized, it’s sourced from properly-raised cows which is a plus. And, the flavor can’t be beat. The grain-free granola bars are a wonderful on-the-go snack for the family or even a nice dessert option! I like to crunch them up over some unsweetened almond milk yogurt.
Kerrygold Grass-Fed Dubliner Cheese
Autumn’s Gold Grain-Free Granola Bars
It seems you can’t go anywhere these days without bumping into a bottle of kombucha, and Costco is no different. Keeping up with your gut health will be a breeze with this multi-flavor pack of Brew Dr. Kombucha.
Take your healthy drink options up even further with these Suja green juices! These are perfect for the days when time is tight and you just don’t think you’ll be getting in enough veggies. Packed with juices from all the important green veggies, you’ll feel good knowing you’re still getting the nutrients.
Suja Organic Uber Green Juice
There you have it, all of the best, cleanest keto finds at Costco. Be sure to download the Grocery Guide so you can take this list to the store with you!
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