For Costco-istic shoppers…
So you recently joined Weight Watchers, and now you’re having a hard time coming up with a list of foods to include in your grocery list at Costco?
If yes, were here to help.
We want to be part of your weight loss journey.
And we’ll do this by helping you create a Weight Watchers grocery list with healthy (but affordable) food ideas that align with your fitness goals.
Below, we have outlined for you a well-organized list of food items for your shopping cart at Costco to keep you feeling full and energized while keeping your points in check.
The Ultimate Weight Watchers Costco Shopping List:
You want to start your list of items to buy with produce. Here, we advise you to for all your favorite fruits and veggies that you can afford.
Drop all your favorite fruits in the shopping cart…whether it’s bananas, mangoes, pineapples, berries, avocadoes, etc. you can also add a few new ones to your cart.
You’d also want to pick some precut veggies for making a quick snack for the busy night. Ideas include baby carrots, cucumbers mushroom, cherry tomatoes.
Pick veggies for lunch/dinner side dishes such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, mushrooms, and more.
Other things you might consider adding to your produce list include spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice (for pasta alternative), lemons and limes, and herbs.
See, the list can get as big as your pocket allows here.
A quick NOTE…try to lean more on the organic produce as it’s safer, better tasting, and possibly more nutritious. It’s also kinder to our environment and the animals (Source).
Also, choose FRESH veggies and fruits as much as possible.
Water, fibrous veggies are considered free foods since they don’t contribute to your daily smart points value.
Head over to the butcher section of Costco and check what the store has to offer. For meats, you’d want to confine yourself to the lower-fat proteins.
If you go with the higher fat proteins, then your points will go higher.
Check for these foods on the meats section:
- Fish: this can be tuna tilapia, wild salmon, flounder, and so on
- 93% lean ground beef
- Chicken or turkey breast (skinless)
- Ground turkey breast
- Turkey pepperoni
- Pork tenderloin
TIP: Chose lean proteins when buying meats. This is because the lean protein content in any food significantly lowers its points, allowing you to enjoy a larger serving while keeping your points in check
Lean proteins also help minimize your saturated fats intake, which means you’re at a lower risk of developing high cholesterol, heart disease.
You’d also want to keep off proteins with breading or added fat (e.g., fish frozen in butter sauce) and processed meats (like hot dogs, bacon) as they have higher points.
Bread and whole grain products
Costco also offers you Dave’s Killer Bread, a lower-calorie, whole grain bread, which is healthy for those on Weight Watchers.
They also have got a shelve devoted for local loaves, where you can look for your favorite lower calorie whole grain bread
Other items in you might consider in this section:
- Brown rice
- Whole grain pasta
- Dry lentils and beans
TIP: When making your Costco weight watchers shopping list, leave out foods with low fiber content, such as flavored rice mixes white-flour pasta and white rice. Remember, high fiber content is crucial for slow digestion, making you feel full for longer.
A fan of dairy? If yes, consider these foods for your weight watchers Costco shopping list:
- Fat-free Greek flavored yogurt. Costco offers you brands like Fage, Chobani, and Noosa.
- Eggs/eggs substitute
- Low fat cottage cheese
- Fat-free milk
- Low-fat or fat-free cheese
- Almond milk (unsweetened)
- Plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
TIP: Weight Watchers recommends you to stick to fat-free dairy products
When it comes to snacks, you’d want to stick to whole foods, and avoid any processed foods.
Look for snacks such as:
- Baked tortilla chips
- Air-popped popcorn
- Nuts (or prepackaged 100 calorie nuts)
Canned are not only a healthy addition to your Costco weight watchers grocery shopping list, but they’re also highly affordable and easier to keep on hand.
Varieties you’ll find at various Costco branches include:
- Canned fish: look for wild salmon or wild sardines as both are affordable, rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Wild Planet is a respected name for canned fish you’ll find at Costco
- Canned beans: look for the black, pinto, white. Chickpeas are good too.
- Canned tomatoes
- Canned vegetables
- Canned unsweetened fruit
- Tomato sauce
- Peanut butter
Don’t forget to check the freezer section for some more items that will align with your weight loss goals.
In this section, you’d want to focus on:
- Frozen fruit: look organic frozen fruit for making those smoothies
- Frozen unsweetened fruit
- Unsweetened fruit bars & ice pops
- Frozen vegetables (without added salt or sauce)
- Veggies burger
- Vegetarian ground “meat.”
Seasonings & condiments
Finally, pass through the seasonings and condiments aisles and look for foods items like:
- Dried herbs and spices
- Fat-free mayonnaise
- Cooking spray/oil, and vinegar: for cooking oil, consider olive oil as Costco has genuine organic olive oil, according to a test done at the UC Davis
- Reduce sodium steak, soy, and teriyaki sauces
- Fat-free/low-fat salad dressing
TIP: Avoid any herbs and spice blends that contain added salt or sugar.
Do you want to include drinks on your list?
If yes, consider specialty beverages.
You’ll find specialty beverages at Costco such as Harmless Harvest coconut and Forager nut milks at deep discounts.
Still at it, beverages like coffee, tea, club soda, or diet soda also belong to your list as long as they don’t contain added sugars.
Get ready for grocery shopping
If you’re a big fan of Costco and you also happen to be on Weight Watchers, this guide has just armed you with a long list of healthy food ideas to fill your shopping cart on your next trip to Costco.
Don’t get overwhelmed again as you move past the Costco isles! Use our extensive list above to tailor your own list of Weight Watchers grocery list; include your favorite fruits, snacks, meats, specialty beverages, fresh produce, grains, dairies, and canned foods, and head to your local Costco.
Eat Costco, eat healthy!