Smart Shopping: Whole30 @ Costco!

I’m using my horoscope as an excuse to keep my butt on the couch this evening rather than going to Zumba. Yes, I read my horoscope daily, sue me. I’m a Cancer if you’re curious. If you weren’t – sorry. What has been seen cannot be unseen. Now is where we enter the Judgement Free Zone (JFZ). If we’re going to be in this blogger/reader relationship, I promise you one thing: I will do my best to be honest and not be another case of image crafting in your life. So yeah, my horoscope gave me the out today, stating “… today you’re likely to feel a little under the weather. This is probably due to nothing more exotic than stress. You’ve been working hard and concentrating on little else, so your body is now rebelling. You need some rest. Take time off and relax a little, and don’t feel guilty about it. Even the President needs alone time occasionally.”  Thank you, little Android app. Considering I am on the cusp of the “Kill ALL the things!” and “I just want a nap…” phases of the deadly accurate W30 Timeline, I will do just that. I will sit here and catch up on a couple posts while the DVR plays the episode of Pretty Little Liars I missed last night. HEY! What did we just go over? JFZ!

Now for the real reason you’re reading this … “What kind of goodies can I find at a wholesaler warehouse that are compliant?!”

SO. MANY. GOODIES. Now keep in mind, yeah, you’re buying in bulk and if you’re in the very beginning stages of Whole30 or Paleo in general you will buy MUCH more on your first trip than those following. But it’s worth it. Feeding myself and my boyfriend on this diet has been equivalent to feeding a family of 4 most days … I love to tease him that he cannot exercise portion control to save his life, but the man lost 17 pounds on our first Whole30, I have to give him credit. I digress … my point is – you can make big meals and have leftovers for yourself or feed a couple people, and stock up your pantry with staples that will last for quite a while.

*This is by NO means an exhaustive list of what is available to you, but I’m going to share the usual suspects in OUR kitchen. We don’t go in and haul out three carts of all these items at once, but over time, you’ll see how easy it is to build up your stock pile after a couple trips. Having a weekly meal plan in mind will help you narrow down what to buy each trip, I’ll have to share some of mine in the future!*

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Fruits & Vegetables

  • Asparagus
  • Apples
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Organic Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Plantains
  • Baby Carrots
  • Sweet Onions
  • Garlic
  • Pineapple
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Love (brand) Beets (in the refrigerated section near cheese/dips … try not to be sad)


  • Organic Chicken
  • Organic Ground Beef
  • Organic Cage-Free Eggs
  • Wild Caught Salmon
  • Langostino
  • Scallops
  • Steak/Pork cuts
  • BACON!!


  • Perrier
  • Pellegrino
  • Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water

Pantry Items

  • Chosen Foods 100% Pure Avocado Oil
  • Carrington Farms Coconut Oil
  • EVOO
  • Kirkland Chicken Stock (surprisingly compliant, and it comes in smaller containers which are perfect sizes for recipes)
  • Kirkland Marinara Sauce (sure you could make your own, but this is quick, compliant and tasty! I am Italian, you have my stamp of approval on this)
  • SPICES GALORE (why spend 3 bucks a pop at your grocery and have to restock every other week?)
  • Kirkland Solid White Albacore (lots of tuna I have checked has SOY … really? SOY? None here – move over Chicken of the Sea, you’re taking up valuable shelf space)
  • Castella Kalamata Olives (these olives and capers below make an amazing tapenade)
  • Paesana Capers
  • Coffee
  • Green Tea
  • Ziploc Bags! Gallon Freezer and Sandwich sizes (I know this is not an actual food item, but it is completely necessary in my world) 
  • Reynolds Wrap (God’s gift to cooking with less clean-up)


  • Bare Fruit Fuji Red Crunchy Apple Chips (Organic … literally the only ingredient listed in these is “organic apples” … how cool is that?)
  • Wonderful (brand) Roasted and Salted Pistachios (shelled, beware of “no brakes foods” with even less work to do to get them in your belly …)
  • Sun Maid Raisins (I can smell your judgement from here, Jeanie. Jeanie hates raisins. HATES. With a passion. I believe she calls them the “devil’s fruit” … normal people can make trail mixes with them, or mix them into baked apples/carrots with ghee and cinnamon)
  • Mott’s Natural Apple Sauce (yes, I’m 5 years old … JFZ)
  • Savannah Orchards Dry Roasted Macadamias

I’m formulating a future blog post in my head as I wrap up this list. You’re probably wondering what I do with some of the stuff I didn’t elaborate on, huh? I’ll work up a meal plan with an actual shopping list sometime next week, as we are STOCKED at the moment. :) I hope you find this helpful and economical in your Whole30 shopping adventures! Did you spot something I’m missing out on? Does your warehouse carry something mine doesn’t and you need to make me jealous? Please share! Happy shopping!

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      Thanks so much, Courtney! Though we retired the blog, I still like to hope on once in a while, it makes me happy to see that some people still read it. :) Wishing you Whole30 success!


    This is great! I’m planning on starting a Whole30 on January 2 (because January 1 is for brunch). I mostly eat Paleo anyway for my Hashimotos, but I’m trying to get my boyfriend to go along with the Whole30 to fix some gut issues he has. Eating Paleo, i feel like I am grocery shopping. All. The. Time. It would be nice to get some compliant stuff in larger volumes.

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    Omg! How did I miss the Bare Fruit Fuji Red Crunchy Apple Chips?? I’m going to be on that like uhhh… White on rice. Nothing like a non-Paleo saying on a Paleo post. As for your mention of raisins. Pfft. As if. You can have all the devil’s fruit you want. :)

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