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The Essential Whole30 Costco Shopping List

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The only Whole30 Costco Shopping List you’ll ever need! A printable Whole30 shopping list and Whole30 recipes to help you rock your homemade meals, meal prep, and have a successful round.

<<<<<<The Free Whole30 Costco Shopping List is at the bottom of the post>>>>>>

So you’re planning on doing a Whole30 round soon and you don’t know where to start? If you have a Costco membership, you’re in luck because they have amazing compliant products at really great prices.

Costco started in Washington State and I grew up going a few times a month. I’ve been a Costco shopper so long that I remember when their food court was a hot dog cart outside and they sold Craigmont soda in a can.

I was Kirkland Signature before it was cool!

But Costco has come a very long way recently in the amount of healthy, fresh, and organic foods they carry. In fact, Costco is the top seller of organic produce in the US!

A few quick notes about this Costco shopping list:

  • Things are subject to change because Costco is notorious for being ruthless about not stocking items that aren’t insanely popular. Their inventory moves faster than a fart on a hot skillet.
  • Some of the items may be seasonal.
  • Some items may be regional or not available at all locations.
  • Always check the labels! Recipes and ingredients can change without notice and may even vary by state.
  • I have put some items on there that may fall into the territory of SWYPO (Sex With Your Pants On) like juice or a dried fruit. How you choose to proceed with these items is up to you, but I have marked them with an “SWT” to give you a head’s up.

A Few Abbreviations:

Due to space I couldn’t write everything out word for word and relied on some abbreviations to keep this shopping list brief.

  • V = vegetarian
  • Veg = vegan
  • SWT = SWYPO Territory
  • Un.Sw = unsweetened
  • Kirkland Sig. = Kirkland Signature
  • G.Fed = grass fed
  • Org. = organic
  • BL = boneless
  • SK = skinless

Whole30 Beginner Resources

If this is your first time doing a Whole30 round, it’s great to read up on what is and is not allowed. The Whole30 website is a great first step, and their printable list of banned and allowed additives is very useful.

From there, the Whole30 Book, It Starts With Food is a helpful and in-depth read. There are also Whole30 cookbooks (Slow Cooker, Fast and Easy recipes, Original, and Food Freedom) that are packed with recipes and success tips.

I’m a big fan of the library so check your local branch first to see if they have copies on hand.

And finally, I have tons and tons of Whole30 recipes that are printable and packed full of flavor and all that compliant goodness.

Ready to get started? Let’s do this! There is a free printable shopping list available for download at the bottom of this post.

Some Highlights of Whole30 Costco Staples

Drinks

I’ve always been a sparkling water fan, but on a Whole30 round, sparkling water can be a lifesaver! Costco has bonkers good deals on La Croix and they even came out with a Kirkland Signature brand of canned sparkling water this fall.

compliant drinks for a whole30 costco shopping list

You can even use a can (or bottle) of sparkling water to make these Whole30 compliant Creamy Berry Party Drinks.

whole30 complian drinks at Costco

Produce

Oh my gosh, you’re about to eat a butt ton of produce while you’re doing a Whole30 round. Costco has great prices on both organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables.

organic produce for a whole30 costco shopping list

Their produce selection can be seasonal (like sweet potatoes), but you’ll always be able to find bananas (3 pounds organic for 1.99!), carrots, apples, greens (sooooo many greens), kiwi, and citrus.

Costco has delicious prepared salad mixes but the toppings and dressings are not compliant. Maybe there will come a day when you’re not in the mood to prep your own salads (we’ve all been there, right?). 

By grabbing a bag of Asian Cashew Chopped salad, and ditching the dressing and toppings, you’re halfway to whipping up Crunchy Sauteed Cabbage and Bacon.

Bags of salad for a whole30 costco shopping list

Compliant as long as you don’t use the dressing or toppings.

Canned Goods & Pantry Staples

Canned coconut milk, organic tomatoes, pineapple (try it in this Whole30 compliant Whole30 + Paleo Teriyaki Sauce), and olives are wonderful Whole30 staples. And thanks to Costco’s wholesale prices they are very affordable.

Get yourself a 12 pack of organic diced tomatoes, and you’ll be making Whole30 Bruschetta Chicken in a flash.

pantry ingredients for a whole30 costco shopping list

You can use the organic dates, chili powder, and cacao powder to whip a batch of Mexican Hot Chocolate Lara Bars.

organic snacks for a whole30 costco shopping list

Frozen Veggies

The selection of frozen veggies is ever-changing at Costco, but I have noticed that they consistently have had frozen organic riced cauliflower for about a year now.

This is great news because you can use it in place of rice for dishes like Instant Pot Orange Chicken or as sub for potatoes in Whole30 Mashed Potatoes.

Potatoes are allowed on the Whole30, but by week two you may never want to see a spud again.

frozen vegetables for a whole30 costco shopping list

Affordable and simple to use, frozen veggies are such an easy way to rock your round. In fact, I love frozen veg so much, I wrote The Ultimate Guide to Roasting Frozen Vegetables.

Frozen Fruit

This is considered SWYPO “Sex With Your Pants On” territory, but what you choose to do with the info is up to you.

They have wonderful and delicious blends of whole fruits like strawberries, pineapple, and dark sweet organic cherries.

Eggs

Eggs pack a delicious amount of (non-meat) protein and Costco has great deals on organic and conventionally raised eggs.

Use their delicious organic brown eggs to make Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites or Healthy Quiche With Hash Brown Crust.

They also have prepared egg whites and hard-boiled eggs for quick snacks.

egg options for a whole30 costco shopping list

Meat, Sauces & Prepared Meals

Within two days of our first Whole30 round, I realized how much I don’t really enjoy meat all that much. The key to surviving the 30 days was eating more twice as many veggies as normal and varying the meat we were eating.

sausage for a whole30 costco shopping list

Costco has a huge variety of fresh and frozen meat to chose from; much of it organic. And their fresh and frozen seafood selection is pretty awe-inspiring.

meat options for a whole30 costco shopping list

They also have grass fed compliant hot dogs for a fast meal, and Aidell’s Chicken and Apple Sausage which works great for Healthy Sausage and Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner.

You’ll even find pulled pork which can be a great salad topping, but I love it on top of shredded cabbage and topped with homemade chimichurri.

Which shouldn’t be a surprise because I eat my weight in chimichurri while doing a Whole30.

Guac and garlic for a whole30 costco shopping list

Costco is a great place to get lots of affordable Whole30 compliant products. If you’re not currently a member but want to check it out, you can shop with a friend and use their membership card for your purchase.

Costco also allows you to get a one-day guest pass to check it out for yourself.

Costco makes it easy to stick to your budget for healthy eating. The greatest challenge? Saying no to all the non-compliant samples!

Want more compliant recipes? Check out all my Whole30 recipes for ideas and inspiration! I also have a printable Trader Joe’s Whole30 Shopping List, and a conventional Costco Shopping list when you aren’t on round.

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4 comments on “The Essential Whole30 Costco Shopping List”

  1. Thank you for doing this!!!
    This is the week I’ve decided to get my shirt together. I am determined to loose 30ish pounds in the next 3ish months. I figure working on my goal to hike 40 miles for my 40th birthday is a great way to lose the weight. The hubby even helped me create an excel sheet to plug in a big hike goal that then gets broken down into a 10 week training plan. It includes strength training and cross training. I’m super excited about it!
    But moving more wont get me results if I keep eating like crap so Whole30 here I come!

    • Way to go Tina, and you’re speaking my love language with “spreadsheet”. Though I did read it as your hubs helped you with a big “bike” goal and that made so much sense to me.

      Good luck and keep us posted!

  2. This list is SO helpful!
    I went to Costco a couple of days ago to stock up on items to help me with my Whole 30 endeavor for January. I need to research this more, but Costco’s Low Sodium Kirkland bacon may be Whole 30 compliant. There isn’t any sugar in their low sodium version, while the regular version has sugar. I just haven’t researched if there are any additives in the low sodium bacon that would make it not compliant.

    • I have heard of the low sodium bacon from Costco being compliant but the package that was at my Costco had an ingredient (of course I don’t remember which one it was) that made it not compliant.

      I’ll be honest in that we stuck to the rules for our first round, but when we did a mini-round in October I just bought normal bacon. It’s super low in sugar and I knew I wasn’t eating it to get a sugar rush. My advice? Do it “right” the first time and just be ok with a teeny bit of sugar after that.