The $10 Frozen Costco Snack I’m Stocking up on While I Get Ready for Summer

The $10 Frozen Costco Snack I’m Stocking up on While I Get Ready for Summer

Earlier this year, I went to my local Costco to check out the new snack selection. There was a lot to choose from: crackers, clusters, crisps, and more (all for less than $10!). I always know that I’ll uncover good finds (both long-time favorites and new or new-to-me gems) during every trip. I had no idea, however, that this trip would be the trip that would introduce me to my new favorite frozen find. It was, though. I fell for this treat. Hard. In fact, if I had to recommend just one new thing for you to pick up at Costco, it would have to be this sweet little ice cream sandwich sandwich.

Mad Minis Vanilla Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches, $9.99 for 36

My favorite thing about this frozen snack isn’t its taste, convenience, or even the price — although it is a bargain at $10 for a box of 36 sandwiches. It’s what goes (or, in some cases, doesn’t go) into each sandwich that has me stocking these bright blue boxes in my freezer. The company, according to its site, sources the very best of ingredients, which includes milk, cream, cane sugar, wheat flour, cocoa, and more. There are no artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, or food dyes. I’m a nutritionist, and all of that is extra important to me. 

As far as flavor and texture go, those are spot-on too. The vanilla ice cream is rich and creamy and it balances the crispy, crunchy chocolatey cookies in just the right way. (I’ve found other cookies in ice cream sandwiches to be too mushy.) I also like that they truly are mini but still big enough to be satisfying on their own. That said, I do also like to pair them with other items to create a delightful mega-snack: I’ll add one on top of some Greek yogurt or pair it with some fresh fruit, for example. Basically, any way you bite it, they are the perfect little something to cap off any warm-weather meal.

Do you have a frozen treat you’re buying at Costco for summer? Tell us in the comments below!

Heather McClees

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Heather McClees is a nutritionist and freelance writer from South Carolina who covers health, food, and lifestyle topics for a variety of online publications. She has a B.S. in Nutrition Science and Dietetics and a background in communications and news journalism.

I’m a Registered Dietitian and I Can’t Stop Buying This Costco Frozen Dinner

I’m a Registered Dietitian and I Can’t Stop Buying This Costco Frozen Dinner

The freezer section at Costco is legendary. It’s the first place I turn to stock up on frozen fruits and vegetables in the cold winter months. It’s also where I go to find crowd-pleasing appetizers and the best dinner shortcuts. Turns out, one of those dinner shortcuts has become such a hit in my household, it won over my picky daughter and my even pickier husband. Honestly, I never would have guessed it. Mostly because I didn’t even know what I was buying at the time (more on that below). That’s how good Costco’s frozen finds are! You can kind of just trust that whatever you’re buying is going to be good! Allow me to explain.

Tattooed Chef Organic Riced Cauliflower Stir-Fry, $9.39 for 48 ounces

I first discovered this massive bag during a rushed Costco run. I saw a picture of the enticing stir-fry from one of my favorite plant-based brands and tossed the bag into my cart … without actually reading the label. I got home, unpacked my latest haul, and planned to make this rice dish for dinner one night that week. 

Because everything comes pre-cooked, I simply heated the contents of one of the bags with some warmed oil in a pan for about six minutes (there are four 12-ounce bags within the larger bag). I topped it with some leftover chicken strips from the night before, a drizzle of teriyaki sauce, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds before serving. After the first bite, we all realized that we were not eating rice, but riced cauliflower instead! (I should have known!) Unfazed, we kept eating; the riced cauliflower was seasoned so well and prepared so nicely that we didn’t even miss the grain. 

Made of only organic frozen vegetables, Tattooed Chef Organic Riced Cauliflower Stir-Fry has become a permanent staple in my freezer. It’s filling enough on its own, but it also makes for a delicious base for cooked tofu, steamed edamame, grilled chicken, poached eggs, or any other quick (or leftover) protein. It’s a meal that we all love — and I can make it less than 10 minutes. Maybe I should start blindly throwing things into my cart more often. Who knows what else I might find!

Do you have a Costco frozen find you buy on repeat? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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Lauren Manaker is an award-winning registered dietitian, book author, and freelance writer based in Charleston, South Carolina. She has an abnormal love for sparkling water and enjoys digging into the latest healthy food trends.

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10 Freezer and Pantry Grocery Staples I Buy from Costco for $10 or Less

10 Freezer and Pantry Grocery Staples I Buy from Costco for $10 or Less

As a nutritionist and vegetarian of 15 years, people often ask me what I eat every day. The truth is, I eat really simply and mostly whole foods: fruit and vegetables of any kind, whole grains, plant-based fats like flax and chia seeds, probiotic-rich Greek yogurt and kefir, and other low-fat dairy products.

Costco is one of my favorite places to stock up on staples, and it’s also a great place to find new items that align with, say, fresh-made resolutions. (Even though you have to buy in bulk, their return policy is extraordinarily generous. And I’ve yet to purchase anything from there that has been disappointing.) This year, I’m prioritizing three things: eating more fiber, lowering my sodium intake, and buying more organic dairy items. Along with my usual go-tos, these are the 10 items I’m buying to start off the new year!

1.  Kirkland Signature Organic Broccoli Florets, $7.99 for 4 pounds

This year, I’m trying to pack more fiber-rich veggies like broccoli into my daily meals, and this is one of the best buys you’ll find when it comes to organic frozen vegetables. You get four pounds, and what I love is that they comes in four individual one-pound bags, which helps you avoid freezer burn.

2. Hampton Hills Petite Asparagus Spears, $8.99 for 2.5 pounds

Asparagus is another fiber-rich veggie and is also a sneaky source of protein with four grams per 1/2 cup. It’s packed with folate (a B vitamin important for growth and brain health), antioxidants, and gut-friendly nutrients. I eat them as a side (cooked on my George Foreman grill), break them into little pieces and add them to slow cooker soups, or sauté them in a skillet with other veggies.

3. Nature’s Intent Cauliflower Rice, $8.99 for 6 (8.46 ounce) packs

Cauliflower is another fiber-rich vegetable I often forget about. I appreciate that this riced version, with four grams of fiber per serving, is a shelf-stable option that’s easy to prepare — without the mess. I use this stuff in soups or stews just like I would fresh cauliflower. It’s also microwave-friendly.

4. Wyman’s Wild Blueberries, $8.99 for 3 pounds

I love wild blueberries and they’re one of the highest-fiber fruits you can buy. They grow in a special part of Maine and are loved for their flavor and nutrition. I’m talking about six grams of fiber per cup! They’re also sweeter than regular (cultivated) blueberries, even though they have no added sugar or any more sugar per cup. The brands tend to vary at Costco (Wyman’s was in stock when I went shopping), but I’ll buy whatever’s on offer!

5. Kirkland Signature Organic Greek Yogurt, $5.89 for 48 ounces

Greek yogurt (and kefir) are two of my favorite gut-friendly foods to keep on hand when it comes to dairy products. I usually buy another brand of Greek yogurt at Costco that’s not organic, but I recently decided to try this one from Kirkland Signature because it was the same price and I liked that it was organic. It’s nonfat, protein-rich, full of probiotic cultures, and has no added sugar just like my regular brand.

6. Culinary Treasures Organic Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth, $7.99 for 8 (32-ounce) cartons

I always buy low-sodium broths, but many of them aren’t organic. Because I have a goal to eat less sodium from packaged foods and buy organic, this broth is a double whammy. It comes in resealable containers, has a great flavor, and is terrific to keep on hand for soups and stews. I even use this to sauté veggies (hi, asparagus!) in a pan instead of using oil and love it.

7. Quaker Old-Fashioned Whole Grain Oats, $8.99 for 2 (5-pound) bags

This was one of the first items I ever bought at Costco and I still buy it every other month, without fail. Quaker old-fashioned oats are my absolute favorite oats to eat when making oatmeal, which I do for a weekend breakfast or for an easy dinner. I love it with berries and ground flaxseed, cinnamon, ginger, and a little bit of organic nonfat milk. It contains four grams of fiber per serving, no sodium, and is a great source of protein, iron, B vitamins, and antioxidants. Did I mention you get 10 pounds for $9?

8. Premium Gold Organic Ground Golden Flaxseed, $8.99 for 4 pounds

I’ve been eating flax meal for more than 15 years now, usually on oatmeal or yogurt and in smoothies. It’s a great source of fiber with four grams per two tablespoons and is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, it has a great nutty flavor I just love!

Tip: Be sure to buy your flaxseeds ground, not whole, or grind them before you eat them so your body can absorb all their nutrients. I keep mine in the fridge or freezer and it lasts well over six months.

9. Cheerios, $5.89 for 2 (20-ounce) boxes

This cereal is a staple in my home and it’s the only cold cereal I eat besides plain bite-sized shredded wheat, which is my absolute favorite but Costco doesn’t sell it. Costco does, however, sell this massive pack of Cheerios. Cheerios are a great low-sodium and low-sugar cereal that’s also high in fiber, because it’s made of 100% whole-grain oats.

10. Mary’s Gone Crackers Super Seed Everything Crackers, $8.29 for 18 ounces

If you’ve never had Mary’s Gone Crackers, it’s time to change that! They’re made of 100% whole grains and seeds, so they keep your blood sugar stable longer than options made from flour, which breaks down quicker in the bloodstream. They’re also super tasty. Bonus: They’re also gluten-free and lower in sodium than most crackers you’ll buy.

Heather McClees

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Heather McClees is a nutritionist and freelance writer from South Carolina who covers health, food, and lifestyle topics for a variety of online publications. She has a B.S. in Nutrition Science and Dietetics and a background in communications and news journalism.