On today’s vlog episode of Live Lean TV, I take you for a high protein Costco food shopping haul.
In Live Lean Life Vlog Ep. 028 I share:
Our fridge is empty, so I have to go to Costco to stock up on some food, and I’m taking you with me.
However, before we get some high protein gains on our Costco food shopping haul, I had to first admire the beautiful sunset behind the San Diego skyline.
San Diego love.
Ok, enough of that.
Let’s go get some food, so we can eat.
Since we’ve been living in downtown San Diego for the past two months, it’s actually weird being in my car.
I can count on my one hand how many times I’ve been in my car since we moved.
Now that we live in the downtown, we’ve decided to get rid of our car because we just don’t need it anymore.
When it comes to red wine, I have to go with my boy Greg Norman Estates.
They make a really good Pinot Noir.
Costco’s regular price is $9.99, however it’s on sale for $7.69.
Since that’s the deal of the century, I’m going with two bottles.
Should I grab another one?
Two is enough.
When you are in Costco, or any grocery store, it’s important to have the willpower to resist the short-term temptations of the baked goods section.
If you see this section, keep walking.
This is the time to focus on your why.
The Kirkland organic ground beef is a sneaky one.
When you look at the green grassy image on the label, you would assume it was grass fed beef, however it’s not.
Fortunately, it is still organic.
It’s not perfect, but it is a better option than factory farmed conventional beef.
Therefore, when I’m shopping at Costco, I get the Kirkland organic ground beef.
However, when I’m in another grocery store, such as Whole Foods or Ralph’s, I go with the grass fed ground beef when it’s available.
Costco’s seasoned tri-tip is a must.
I always look for the biggest one since it’s so easy to make in the slow cooker.
It cost $14.55 for 2.65 lbs of seasoned tri-tip.
Every once in a while, I also get the Kirkland oven browned turkey breast.
I always check the frozen section because we usually buy the frozen organic chicken breasts, whenever they are available.
However, it looks like they are not available this time.
Fortunately, we still have chicken in the freezer at home, so we are good.
We always load up on organic eggs since you can’t beat the price at Costco.
On our #AskLiveLeanTV show we had a viewer ask us what protein options they can add to a smoothie.
Costco has liquid egg whites, which are already pasteurized.
This means you can add these egg whites to your smoothie, if you don’t want to use protein powder.
However, I prefer adding this egg white protein powder (use 25% off discount code: LiveLeanTV25).
To find a good bag of lemons, I always like to pick the winner from the bottom.
I like the idea behind this 100 calorie cups of guacamole minis.
These Guacamole Minis also have awesome ingredients:
In the cart it goes.
I’ve given up on buying avocados at Costco because I find they are never ripe at the right time.
Then when they do ripen, they all ripen at the same time.
Since they are sold in bulk at Costco, that is way too many avocados to eat at once.
I did pick up a bag of cauliflower rice.
I really like that the cauliflower is already riced and ready to go.
This is a lot quicker than doing it yourself.
Another quick way to get more vegetables into your diet is to buy a big bag of frozen vegetables, then keep it in your freezer.
That way, whenever you run out of fresh vegetables, and need something quick, this bag of frozen vegetables becomes your go-to source.
Jessica loves grapes, so let’s try some black seedless grapes.
I also grabbed a big ass 10 pound bag of sweet potatoes.
I also added soy milk, I mean almond milk to the cart 😛.
We always go with almond milk or coconut milk over soy milk.
We’ve been experimenting feeding Bruno these frozen 1/4 pound ground beef patties.
He gets one of these for breakfast and dinner.
Nutrition Facts (per one x 1/4 pound patty serving):
Sometimes I have to shake my head at the lack of common sense people have in Costco.
It has nothing to do with the food they put in their cart.
Like I always say, you do you.
I shake my head at how some people use their grocery carts.
Don’t leave your cart sitting right in the middle the aisle while you’re eating the sampling foods.
Use common sense.
Any time you leave Costco, you first have to take a deep breath.
If you go to Costco, I’m sure you know what I mean.
I like hemp seeds, but a 24 oz bag costs $14.79.
Compare that to a 32 oz bag of chia seeds, which costs $7.49, or a 64 oz bag of flax seeds, which costs $7.89.
Flax seeds and chia seeds are a much cheaper alternative to hemp seeds, however I like to put the triple combo of seeds into this Superfood Maca Powder Smoothie Recipe.
We already have a bag of chia seeds at home, so today I’m just going with hemp seeds.
This is an example of investing in your food.
Lastly, I added a big box of diapers to the cart for Kyla.
The box of diapers cost $29.99, which equals out to $0.156 per diaper.
In other words, every time Kyla poops, that $0.16 cents gone from the Live Lean bank account.
Let’s not forget about the baby wipes.
These cost $19.99 for 900 wipes, which equals out to $0.02 per baby wipe.
Kyla needs to get a job.
Here’s what a typical grocery order from Costco looks like for us:
This is pretty much everything you would expect to see.
I’m assuming nothing was too surprising in our grocery cart.
A lot of the foods you saw are for our meals.
If Thrive Market had fresh produce and fresh meats, I guarantee you I would not be going to Costco.
Once I got back home, Jessica said I did a good job with the grocery haul.
She just doesn’t look to put all the food away.
I also showed Kyla and Bruno what I bought for them.
Bruno was excited when he saw the meat.
He was definitely ready for his dinner.
Welcome to the swimming pool.
Even though it was 9pm and it was kind of chilly for Southern California, it’s time to get my swimming cardio workout in.
As a Canadian boy, I know I’m being wimpy when I say it’s cold out in Southern California, however it is nighttime.
The rule is, when you are cold you can’t touch the pool water.
You just have to dive in.
Lately, I’ve been loving swimming.
Especially since freestyle swimming is something I’m trying to improve at.
It’s time to jump in and swim my laps.
Let’s get this done.
I still haven’t mastered the flip turn yet, but it’s coming people.
I’m making progress every day.
That swimming workout lasted approximately 20 minutes.
It was pretty cold.
My nipples were icicles that could cut glass.
It’s time to go back inside, get warm, and sing the following song to Kyla:
I love the gains, more than you know.
Cause I got more, so I can grow, yeah.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.