So you want to get back in the swing of a healthy lifestyle, but you're living on a tight budget? Here is one of the best decisions you can make for feeding your body what it needs—better-quality ingredients—without breaking the bank.
GET A COSTCO MEMBERSHIP.
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There's no doubt that big things are happening over at Amazon right now in regards to healthy food options. However, this list is the only proof you need that you shouldn't forgo that Costco membership for a Prime membership anytime soon. (If anything—you should get both!)
1. Raw Organic Honey Bears.
Who doesn't love honey bears? They're an adorable classic. Make something sweet like summery Peach-Thyme Galette or even go savory in our Beer-Brushed Tofu Skewers with Barley recipe. You can get 72 oz. (4.5 lbs.) of this pure, golden nectar at Costco for only $13.99. On Amazon? You're going to be paying $54.99 for 80 oz. of the same quality of honey.
2. Pure Clover Honey
Use this special ingredient in an icy summer treat like Cantaloupe-White Balsamic Sorbet or Blueberry-Lavender Yogurt Pops. 80 oz. (5 lbs.) of this high-quality honey is only $11.99 at Costco. On Amazon, the same exact honey is $23.14.
3. Avocado Oil.
Avocado oil shares many of the same benefits as extra virgin olive oil. Find 1 liter of this versatile, monounsaturated fatty acid-rich cooking oil at Costco for only $8.99. On Amazon, buy 2 Liters of similar grade oil for $37.99.
4. Avocado Oil Mayo.
This mayo is a great substitute for topping a juicy burger at your next summer BBQ. 24 oz. of this healthier, Paleo-approved mayo is only $8.49—compared to a whopping $14.99 on Amazon.
5. Organic Maple Syrup.
Don't ruin your healthy 2-ingredient, multigrain, or protein-packed pancakes with the bad stuff simply because it's affordable. A liter for this healthier option is only $10.79 at Costco. A similar size and quality of organic maple syrup would sell on Amazon for over $20.
7. Organic Almond Butter
Almond butter can be enjoyed in so many different ways. One of our favorite sweet-tooth recipes is the Fluffiest Multigrain Pancakes with Almond Butter Drizzle. At Costco, buy 27 oz. for $12.79. Amazon's best selection for organic almond butter is $12.99 for 16 oz.
8. Almond Butter
Made with minimal ingredients, Costco's regular almond butter is one of its most popular and greatest bargains. Try this in our savory-sweet Thai Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls recipe. Get the nutrition facts for this beloved butter here.
9. Organic Quinoa
Quinoa is the perfect go-to grain for weekly meal-prepping. We especially love it in Rosy Beet-and-Quinoa Salad and simple Tuna-Quinoa Toss. Grab Costco's 4.5 lb. bag of organic quinoa for only $9.99 OR opt for spending at least $30 on Amazon for the same amount.
10. Blue Diamond Almond Flour
Use almond flour in this vibrant Rosé-Glazed Strawberry Tart at your next cookout or gathering. This is an insane amount of savings for anyone who does a lot of gluten-free baking. At Costco, this 3 lb. bag of flour costs only $12.69—compare this to Amazon's overwhelming price of $25.83 (for the same exact brand and size bag).
11. Organic Sugar
This is quite the steal. 10 lbs. of pure, organic sugar for only $7.79. On Amazon, you can expect to pay about $10.99 for 3 lbs. of similar-quality sugar.
12. Organic Pasta
If you still think pasta is the enemy, you might want to ask the experts. Use this bargain ingredient in our ever-so popular One-Pot Cheesy Pasta Bake. Get 6.6 lbs. of organic pasta for only $8.99 at Costco. On Amazon, you'll find a similar (but more pricey) deal: 6 lbs. for $12.34.