I’m a personal trainer who shops at Costco — here’s what I’m buying for my family in March.
Asparagus and Tenderstems cauliflower make perfect side dishes and are packed with nutrients.
Bison meat and bulgogi-beef dumplings increase the protein content in dishes like chili and soups.
Chosen Foods avocado oil is safe for high heat and contains monounsaturated fats.
Cooking spray is great for baking or frying and this avocado oil is a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat source.
Chosen Foods’ spray is safe for high temperatures, has only one ingredient and no additives, and can be used for stir-fry, eggs over-easy, sautéed vegetables, and more.
The spray doesn’t have a strong flavor, so it can be used for sweet or savory dishes.
Ground bison is full of flavor and is leaner and more tender than beef.
Bison meat is flavorful, tender, and delicious and can be used the same way as ground beef.
The fat in bison is finer, so the meat is marbled well despite being having less saturated fat and being leaner than beef.
It’s high in iron, protein, zinc, vitamin B12, and selenium.
Flourish protein pancake and waffle mix makes a great weekday breakfast option.
Flourish pancake mix only requires water to make a breakfast high in protein and fiber.
Though I make my own protein pancake mix, it still requires milk and eggs. The use of high-quality whey protein, rather than a cheaper source like soy or wheat, also drew me in.
My whole family loves using this mix to make pancakes with fresh berries and whipped cream.
It contains 23 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, no added sugars, and omega-3s from flaxseed, an ingredient I always add to my own pancake batter.
Asparagus is a quick-cooking vegetable high in vitamin K and folate.
Since it’s nearing spring, asparagus is more affordable this month at my Costco.
I love cooking asparagus in the air fryer with tomatoes for breakfast or adding it to egg cups. It’s also fantastic in a stir-fry or as a dinner-time side dish with lemon and parmesan.
Asparagus is high in fiber, vitamin K, and folate.
I like to add the Organika protein powder to my coffee and oatmeal.
I picked up this collagen powder out of curiosity because I’ve heard so many positive things about its use for joint health and its possible benefits for skin and hair.
This particular brand’s collagen is sourced from a single ingredient of grass-fed, pasture-raised, hormone and antibiotic-free cattle.
It has no taste or smell, so it seamlessly blends in with the flavors of coffee or oatmeal.
Tzatziki is a delicious probiotic-rich dip or topping.
Tzatziki is a creamy, delicious Greek dip that we love to eat with baby carrots, tomatoes, and cucumber slices.
It’s excellent with toasted pita wedges and makes a great snack in my kids’ lunches. We also use it to top chicken burgers and Greek gyros and as a dip for sweet-potato fries.
I love that Stodakis Tzatzkiki is a rich, creamy, flavorful, and probiotic gut-friendly food.
Tenderstem cauliflower is a sweeter, milder form of the vegetable.
Although I’ve tried the broccoli version, I’d never tried the Tenderstem cauliflower.
When I looked for alternatives to our usual broccoli or green-beans side dishes, I chose these for variety.
The cauliflower is exactly as described — tender and crisp, as long as you cook them properly.
I sautéed mine with avocado spray, minced garlic, and lemon zest and topped them with parsley. I plan to try them in a gratin next time.
Organic stone-baked pizza crust kits are perfect for school lunch or weekend dinners.
Pizza is perfect for a weekend lunch or dinner or to pre-cook to use for my kids’ lunches.
These kits are more nutritious than some frozen or pizzeria versions, and we get to customize them.
The stone-baked organic pizza crusts come with sauce, so all I do is add plenty of vegetables and cheese and some leftover shredded chicken, ground meat, deli ham, or turkey.
I also sometimes forgo the sauce and add a creamy garlic base, sliced apples, prosciutto, blue cheese, and spicy honey to make a gourmet adult version to be served with a big salad.
Turkey-pepperoni sticks are a higher-protein snack for the whole family.
Grimm’s lean turkey-pepperoni sticks taste like pork but are lower in saturated fat, higher in protein, and are soy, gluten, and lactose-free.
Each stick has 50 calories and 6 grams of protein.
I like to eat them with cheese and grapes, and I pack them in my kids’ lunches to provide a protein boost.
Though they’re a good source of protein, I’m also conscious of the sodium content, which is a bit high at 260 milligrams per stick.
Erythritol and monk fruit sweetener is a zero-calorie sugar replacement that measures 1:1.
I like to use an erythritol and monk-fruit blend for lower-sugar baking.
These blends measure 1:1, so I don’t need to do any math to have my baked goods turn out correctly. This blend also doesn’t have the aftertaste that can result from using pure monk fruit.
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol and some studies have shown it to have oral-health benefits.
As a nighttime treat, I often make protein mug cakes or air-fryer brownies and use this blend to reduce the sugar. It’s also tasty stirred into yogurt, oatmeal, or sprinkled on berries and cottage cheese.
Bulgogi-beef dumplings are super tasty in a veggie-packed soup or cooked in the air fryer.
We all enjoy these MANDU bulgogi-beef dumplings on their own or in a soup I make with hoisin sauce, Chinese five-spice, cabbage, carrots, and other vegetables.
These large dumplings are packed with the Korean flavor of bulgogi beef and can increase a dish’s protein content to round out a meal.
The dumplings cook well in soup but get a nice crispiness in the air fryer as well.
These savory dumplings also keep well in a thermos and make a tasty and easy school lunch.
Cachafaz dulce de leche is a caramel sauce that levels up every sweet treat.
I’ve heard that Cachafaz dulce de leche is popular in Argentina, and I understand why.
This sweet buttery treat, made with milk, cream, and butter, is rich and indulgent.
It’s delicious on frozen yogurt, fruit, pancakes, waffles, mug cakes, or in a homemade caramel mocha.
It’s not necessarily a nutritious food but it’s so satisfying it’s worth it.
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