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Buying healthy food choices in bulk at Sam's Club is a great way to stay on track with good eating in the New Year!
Are you recovered from the overload of family, food and festivities yet? More importantly, have you eaten your last Christmas cookie? <-- It's ok if the answer is no! 🙂 I'm still working on it too!
As we turn our attention to New Year's goals, it's time to re-set our eating habits and come back around from the dark side. I enjoy New Year's so much because it's a time to really work on bettering yourself for the upcoming year.
One goal I have this year is to continue to eat healthy, while keeping a grocery store budget. I've been an avid Sam's Club Member for years and in recent years, I've been so impressed by the number of healthy clean-eating products they keep on their shelves. Sam's Club offers everything I need to stay healthy on a holistic level. They even have free health screenings, optical, hearing and of course some great food items. If you know what you are looking for, you can find some real gems!
One place I always look when I'm in Sam's Club is the produce department. They have great deals on fresh avocado, vegetables and I love their oranges!
And you can fresh healthy greens for days! Yummy!
I also go by the frozen department and stock up on frozen fish. I look for the plain, flash frozen kind that isn't breaded or sauced. I prefer to add my own healthier toppings. I've always been a big fan of their frozen salmon. You can't beat the taste and price.
Spices and pantry staples are also healthy finds. There are some spices I use ALL the time, so I buy those here.
I've also been buying organic grains like freekah and quinoa.
And my Sam's Club even carries organic flax and chia seeds.
Finally I stop by the toiletries department and check out their protein products. You can find great deals on protein powder and bars. Just make sure to check the labels to get the type that fits your lifestyle best. These can be very high in calories if you aren't doing really hard workouts, but can be great for muscle recovery if you are.
The Pharmacy is nearby so I stop and fill up my prescriptions. It's so convenient to have my prescriptions filled while shopping and it's one less thing I have to worry about later. Sam's Club also has a Free, $4, or $10 program for certain medications. You can find out more about Sam's Club pharmacy here.
I also love checking out their healthy lifestyle magazine Healthy Living Made Simple. This month I really enjoyed the article on 5 Healthy Meat-free protein sources and Benefits of Drinking Cold-Brew Coffee!
By the time I'm done, my cart often looks like this! Chocked full of healthy goodies I can feel good eating.
Since it's the New Year's and I love you'll so much, I thought I'd make a list of some of the healthiest items I have bought from Sam's Club. This should take the guess work out of your next big shopping trip!
The Ultimate Healthy Sam's Club Shopping List
- Organic Coconut Oil
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Organic Coconut Flour
- Organic Chia Seeds
- Organic Flax
- Agave Nectar
- Dried Beans
- Organic Freekah
- Organic Quinoa
- Plain Quick Cooking Oats
- Canned Diced Tomatoes
- Organic Pasta
- Organic Tomato Sauce
- Canned Tuna
- Powdered Peanut Butter
- Peanut Butter- use in moderation
- Chocolate Hazelnut Spread- use in moderation too 🙂
- Organic Green Tea Bags
- Organic Whole Almonds
- Plain Nuts
- Plain Popcorn
- Fresh Fruit- apples, berries, oranges, mango, papaya, etc.
- Fresh Vegetables- bell pepper, avocado, cucumbers, tomato, squash, etc.
- Fresh Greens - spinach, kale, romaine hearts, eto.
- Pre-packaged Salads - watch sugar content in dressings
- Juices - watch sugar content
- Eggs- great source of protein
- Plain Greek Yogurt
- Unsweetened Almond Milk
- Frozen Black Bean Burgers
- Frozen Fruit- for smoothies!
- Plain Frozen Seafood - salmon, tilapia, tuna, shrimp, etc.
- Plain Frozen Vegetables- corn, edamane, green beans, etc.
- Protein Bars- watch for fat/carb/protein content for the best bar for your level of exercise and fitness. These can be a lot of calories, but can also be great for muscle recovery post hard workout!
Note: I don't eat or purchase meat, but I know you can get fresh lean meat at Sam's Club. Choose types without breading or sauce already added. If that is part of your diet, please add it to your list in moderation!
Be sure to check out more great healthy living tips with Sam's Club Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine online! It's free and has great information.
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What healthy living goals are you taking into 2016?
Do you buy anything healthy in bulk?