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Trying to narrow down the best keto Costco options is honestly kind of difficult, because there are a lot of them.
For anyone attempting the keto diet, meal planning and prepping is key. And, for those who like buying and prepping in bulk, Costco is the spot. Not only does the members-only warehouse have a plethora of keto-friendly choices, they also have some exclusive products that can make the keto experience a lot more tasty.
“We do have a variety of great products to choose from, including organic products,” said Muriel Cooper, a member of the communications team at Costco.
We did our research to figure out the best keto-friendly options that the superstore stocks, besides the basic keto staples. Let’s just say we don’t think you’ll be disappointed in the amount of snack, condiment, and cheese platter options that can be yours with one swipe of your Costco card. (Pro-tip: If you don’t have a membership, you can still shop for many non-perishable Costco items through Google Express or Instacart!)
While you should be careful of the salt content in ready-to-eat meals, there are so many benefits to keeping a few on hand when you’re knee-deep in keto. For one, they make for easy weeknight options. For another, they can be a savior when you don’t have leftovers (or extra money) for lunch.
Costco stocks several keto-approved ready-to-eat meals in the refrigerated/frozen section, including:
- Del Real Foods Seasoned Beef And Barbacoa Sauce
- Del Real Foods Pork in Chile Verde Sauce
- Del Real Foods Shredded Beef
- Don Lee Grilled Chicken Patties
- Kirkland Signature ABF Pulled Pork
- Kirkland Signature Fully Cooked Angus Beef Patties
- Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken (said by many to be the best rotisserie chicken on the market, and it has a Facebook fan page)
Pair any of these with cauliflower rice for a quick meal that’s easy to dress up with difference sauces, veggies, and garnishes.
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Meats and Fishes
Besides the staple meat and fish products you can pick up in both the fresh and frozen aisles (raw bacon, steak, salmon…), here are a few extra special Costco items that are also keto-friendly and will definitely justify your membership:
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Cheese Treats (& Other Dairy)
One of the pure joys of the keto lifestyle is the fact that cheese is not just allowed, it’s encouraged. Here are just some of the cheese options that are easy to integrate into your daily food intake, whether it’s in your lunchbox or to bring to a friend’s dinner party:
- BelGioioso Mozzarella Snack Pack
- Mini Babybel Original Semisoft Cheese
- Cello Cracker Cut Cheese Tray
- Darigold Cottage Cheese
- Frigo Cheese Heads String Cheese Sticks
- Frigo Cheese Heads Colby Jack & Cheddar Cheese Sticks
- Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese
- Sonoma Jack Cheese Nugget Snacks
- Tillamook Snack-Size Medium Cheddar Tillamoos
And literally any other huge hunk of cheese or artisan cheese collection you find in Costco’s glorious refrigerated fromage section is fair game, including the 50 pound wheel of Pecorino if you can finish it. Plus, you can stock up on butter and half and half or heavy cream for putting in your coffee (among other things).
The use of white and wheat flours are a definite “no” when following the keto lifestyle. However, grain alternatives—like almond flour and coconut flour—are allowed. Costco carries these in bulk so you’ll never have to worry about running out of ingredients for fat bombs or fathead dough (or fathead pizza crust). Don’t miss the big bags of:
You will not be drinking sugary soda on keto, but there are plenty of other options at Costco to keep you hydrated, like:
If you’re a snacker, Costco has you covered. From nuts to Moon Cheese, the store stocks a wide variety of snacks to make sure you never have to worry about a craving on keto. Here are some keto-compliant snacks you’re likely to find at your local Costco:
Condiments, Oils, & Other Cooking and Baking Staples
Going into a keto lifestyle, it may be daunting to think about swapping ingredients or having to leave them out, period. However, with the amount of products on the market now, it’s easier than ever to make most of your favorite foods using keto-friendly ingredients. Here are a few staples that should always be at the ready and that you can find at Costco:
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The Bottom Line
It may go without saying that specific product availability will vary by location—but it’s a sure bet that you can fill up a keto cart at Costco pretty easily no matter where you are; and making sure you’re set up for success is half the battle.
What are your go-to Costco items? Let us know in the comments!
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