What We Buy At Costco

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You might have noticed that I’m drinking a LOT of Green Monsters lately!


Last spring, Angela and I did a blog challenge called “Project Glow,” the goal of which was to obtain a natural, healthy glow through proper skin care and the consumption of green smoothies (kale- or spinach-based). I had bad skin before Project Glow, and the results were AMAZING!


I started to drink Green Monsters on a whim last week, and my energy levels and recovery time from intense workouts has improved greatly.  It’s AMAZING what 2 – 3 cups of raw spinach each day can do to a person!  🙂


However, spinach can get kind of pricey, which is why I bought this MASSIVE bag at Costco yesterday.


Yes – a bag of spinach as big as my 22-pound dog.  Awesome.


We actually do a LOT of shopping at Costco.  We head over to Costco about once a month to stock up on healthy necessities, and we also do a regular grocery trip once a week to buy fresh produce, organic eggs, milk, and half and half, and other products not available at Costco.


Our Costco purchases include:


  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta sauce
  • Organic peanut butter
  • Bread (we freeze one loaf)
  • Faux meat (veggie burgers are significantly cheaper when bought in bulk)
  • Frozen organic vegetables (like broccoli)
  • Cheese
  • Jars of artichokes and sundried tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Greek yogurt
  • Hummus
  • Brown rice
  • Cereal
  • Stuffed pasta


I bought this amazing new flavor of hummus yesterday, too!


For lunch, I had a Green Monster (1/2 banana, 1 cup rice milk, 3 cups raw spinach) with a hummus sandwich.


Also smushed into my sandwich was artichokes and sundried tomatoes.


It was a great lunch.  🙂


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Do you buy foods at a wholesale store like Costco, BJ’s, or Sam’s Club?  What do you buy?



  • Jenn @ Livewellfit March 1, 2010, 12:28 pm

    We love CostCo! I just bought me a 3 pound bag of spinach this week. Lately since I haven’t been feeling terribly well, I’ve been upping the spinach in my smoothies and I swear there is something good going on!

    My hair, skin and body has never felt better with green monsters. 🙂 And I continue to have better workouts + more energy. I sound like an ad don’t I? Well, if I could advertise for these smoothies I would for sure.

    We also bought a 5lb box of quinoa! Looks like I know what’s for dinner the next few months!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite March 1, 2010, 12:31 pm

    Okay, I need to get my hands on that hummus!!!!

    I need to drink more green monsters! I always feel so much better.

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 1, 2010, 12:31 pm

    Fage Greek Yogurt and Maranatha Almond Butter are my MUST BUYS at Costco. I can’t walk outta there without both in my hands. I love fresh spinach in GMs but I can’t finish a whole dog-sized bag myself so I get frozen spinach. Hopefully when I have little mouths to feed I can get 2 dog-sized bags every week 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 1, 2010, 12:31 pm

    we always get veggies in bulk, meat (well, when I’m eating meat), and tons of dry goods (pasta, beans, sauces, etc). It’s so hard to not spend just tons of money there though!

    your results with project glow are amazing! so jealous 🙂

  • Shannon March 1, 2010, 12:35 pm

    I’m a big fan of Costco! My mom and I are fruit-lovers so we stock up on huge bags of oranges, apples, and mega-boxes of berries. It’s awesome! Plus I love all the samples, and ended up buying a discount huge jar of almond butter last time I was there – WIN! 😉

  • Ashley March 1, 2010, 12:37 pm

    Project Glow was a year ago?!?! I remember reading about it like it was yesterday. Time flies!!!

    The new hummus flavor looks amazing. Did you try it yet? What did you think? I’m going to look for it in my area.

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 12:40 pm

      yup it was in the sammie. i liked the flavor but it wasnt intensely flavored at all.

  • jen trinque March 1, 2010, 12:38 pm

    I just started drinking green monsters again, too. I’ve been off them for a while, but man they are good. We don’t have a Costco or really any other good place to buy stuff in bulk, so I’m definitely missing out on some deals.

  • Sara @ ActiveGal March 1, 2010, 12:38 pm

    I am not a member of Costco sadly 🙁 I really want to join! I am going to try my first Green Monstor this week – Do you REALLY not taste the spinach? I am kind of nervous! 🙂 haha Any good ideas for a first timer recipe?

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 12:40 pm

      I swear you cannot taste the spinach.

      I would just try:

      1 banana
      1 cup vanilla rice milk or regular milk
      1 tablespoon ground flax
      2 cups spinach

      • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 1, 2010, 12:43 pm

        I second that. You really CAN’T taste the spinach!!

        • Christine March 1, 2010, 12:53 pm

          I third it! I’ve made green drinks for ages…kale is great one to use too!

      • Heather March 1, 2010, 2:09 pm

        It is amazing how wonderful they taste! No spinach flavor whatsoever! I also put a spoonful of nutbutter in mine. yummm.

      • Amina March 1, 2010, 4:37 pm

        What’s the big appeal of flax? I noticed you consume it a lot. I see it at the hippie store near me but have never tried it.

    • M. March 1, 2010, 10:18 pm

      Bananas don’t agree with my tummy…..have you any other suggestions for a different recipe minus bananas?

      • caitlin March 2, 2010, 9:10 am

        Try it with frozen peaches!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 1, 2010, 12:42 pm

    That hummus sounds incredible! Spinach artichoke dip is sooo good, I’ll have to look for that.
    I used to drink green monsters all of the time and I saw SUCH a difference in my energy. They are amazing. If you can add more greens into your life in something incredibly delicious, why not!? And that is a HUGE bag of spinach!!
    I don’t buy anything in bulk because I don’t have a membership to Costco. Sad.

  • Lauren March 1, 2010, 12:44 pm

    Sabra is FABULOUS hummus. Made in my neighborhood of Astoria, NY! (part of New York City)

    Also, grocery strip?! bwahaha. Sexy.

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 12:47 pm


  • Amanda March 1, 2010, 12:44 pm

    I had that hummus last weekend for the first time and it rocked my world! Where are you going to store all that spinach?? I eat a lot of spinach also, but I wouldn’t have room to keep that much and it would get limp and gross before I could use it all.

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 12:47 pm

      i am going to try really hard to eat it FAST!

      also, i hear you can freeze it.

      and the husband drinks GMs too. 🙂 I’ll have help!

  • Nutritious Foodie March 1, 2010, 12:46 pm

    I noticed a big change in my skin once I started drinking green juice in the am (Kale/spinach/celery/carrot/collards/green apple).

    I used to shop at Sams but not anymore. We don’t have one close and convenient to us so its really not worth the drive anymore.

  • Christine March 1, 2010, 12:49 pm

    Costco (in Canada) is great for:

    – bananas
    – mixed lettuce greens
    – tuna
    – quinoa
    – peanut butter

    and kettle crisps 🙂

  • Beth March 1, 2010, 12:49 pm

    That sandwich looks awesome! I’m definitely going to have to look for that type of hummus.. yum. I used to have a costo membership and then it just became inconvenient to get there, but I moved back in November so there is now one right down the street from me, so I have to renew!

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats March 1, 2010, 12:51 pm

    mmm that hummus flavor looks AWESOME! Your doggy is so cute.. I love the size comparison lol.

    Just entered the FL giveaway! ::crosses fingers:: 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet March 1, 2010, 12:55 pm

    We buy a ton of stuff at Sam’s – mainly our meats, cheese, etc. Sometimes fruit, but it is occasionally garbage. I really want to get that flavor of hummus, it sounds amazing!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 1, 2010, 12:56 pm

    I don’t buy at the big stores like that, but if I did, I’d definitely get lots of oatmeal and veggies!!

  • Evan Thomas March 1, 2010, 12:57 pm

    We don’t have a membership anywhere 🙁 But then again I can’t think of what I would buy; I’m too picky.

  • Ashley March 1, 2010, 12:58 pm

    Maybe they are just piloting that new hummus flavor in Florida or something, but the fiance and I tried it and loved it!

  • Matt March 1, 2010, 12:58 pm

    Damn that is a lot of spinach! How much was that bag?

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 12:59 pm


      • Jerilynne March 1, 2010, 1:19 pm

        I wish I had a Costco near me — I would join just for the spinach!! It costs me $3.99 for a 7 ounce clamshell of organic at my grocery store…

  • Tracey March 1, 2010, 1:01 pm

    My husband and I shop at Sam’s club whenever we have a chance. We buy a lot of frozen items as well as beverages. We actually did a lot of our wedding reception shopping at Sam’s Club.
    We also buy a lot of non food items like toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies.

    I love walking the isles and seeing what they have, it can be very entertaining to see the HUGE containers of sauces;)

  • Amanda (modernation) March 1, 2010, 1:02 pm

    We have just started taking advantage of Costco more. Some of our top Costco buys are: Mixed greens, Spinach, Turkey burgers, Amy’s bean and rice burritos, cheese, lunch meat, frozen fish, paper towels, dog food, cat liter. Love looking down at our Costco cart and seeing it stuffed to the brim with healthy food we got on the cheap!

  • Melissa S. March 1, 2010, 1:08 pm

    ah, jealous of that tub of hummus! i wish i still had my costco membership so i could hit it up and get that stuff!

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward March 1, 2010, 1:09 pm

    We don’t really have wholesale stores in NYC, in fact even just going to Target is a big treat! At home, I used to buy things like pasta sauce and yogurt in bulk.

    • Morgan March 1, 2010, 4:16 pm

      There is a Costco in Harlem-it’s really inconvenient to get there though.

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness March 1, 2010, 1:10 pm

    Holy bag of spinach! James looks TINY next to it! 🙂 Spinach can get expensive, sO I might look into buying it at Costco. I don’t go often, but when we do go, we stock up on the necessities- toilet paper, paper towels, detergent, etc.
    I’m not sure I could get through the entire bag before it went bad, but I’m sure you can freeze it.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 1, 2010, 1:11 pm

    Costcos, BJ’s and Sam’s Club don’t exist in England :'(
    I do like, 2 to 3 shops a week for fresh stuff (fruit and veg mainly), 1 medium shop a week for yogurt or fish or something, and then just randomly for all the store cupboard stuff. If there was a big wholesaler near me, I’d be sure to go though!!

    • Samantha March 1, 2010, 2:30 pm

      Apparently there are Costcos in the UK – I’ve never seen one but I’ve got friends who go there and love it!

      • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 1, 2010, 2:52 pm

        :O Where!!?? I might have to set a date with Google to unravel the mystery 😛

  • katherine March 1, 2010, 1:11 pm

    I love Costco! The Huz and I usually buy the same few things while we’re there: cranberry juice, seltzer, cereal, oatmeal, organic meat, pasta, pasta sauce, mixed greens. We’ll pick up fresh fruits and veggies if they look really good, but usually save those purchases for the fruit stand near our apartment.

  • emily March 1, 2010, 1:13 pm

    I made my green monster with frozen spinach (which never goes bad), have you tried that?

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 1:51 pm

      nope but so maybe people have asked me about it – i’ll tell them it worked for you!

  • RhodeyGirl March 1, 2010, 1:15 pm

    I buy regular sized bags of spinach from the store and it goes bad within 2-3 days. How do you keep it from going bad fast?

    • emily March 1, 2010, 2:51 pm

      I don’t know about Caitlin, but what works for me is putting paper towels in the bag/box of spinach to help soak up excess liquid. With a normal sized bag of baby spinach I might put two or three paper towels, one on the bottom and one in the middle. It might seem wasteful to some (paper towels in general) but to me it keeps the spinach going for a week or more.

      • RhodeyGirl March 1, 2010, 3:01 pm

        Thanks!!! I will try this!

  • Paige March 1, 2010, 1:15 pm

    Um I LOVE Sam’s Club. I think I would like Costco more because my Sam’s Club doesn’t have as many healthy selections as your place does, but it’s still awesome. Everyone is always mystified as to why my boyfriend and I shop there when there is only two of us – but it’s smart! We buy big containers of spinach and romaine, large bundles of asparagus, clementines, carrots, milk, eggs, bread, cereal, household items. Tampons are SO much cheaper when bought in bulk, by the way.

    • Paige March 1, 2010, 1:17 pm

      Oh and I just got that spinach & artichoke hummus the last time I was there too – so good!

  • Kayla S March 1, 2010, 1:16 pm

    Ah, Costco! We always buy:

    – Fage 0% (!!!!)
    – Blueberries
    – Organic whole grain bread (they have the best)
    – Almond butter
    – Organic chicken/fish
    – Frozen broc.
    – Zipfizz
    – Cheese
    – Hummus
    – Organic milk
    – Strawberries (when in season- they’re HUGE at Costco!)
    – All fruit/berries in season

    I love Costco…

  • Wendy March 1, 2010, 1:18 pm

    I don’t buy anything at wholesale stores because the nearest one is over an hour away. I can’t justify driving that far for groceries. 🙁

  • Nicci@NIftyEats March 1, 2010, 1:19 pm

    We shop at Sams all the time, I love that store. Buying in bulk always saves money, with certain items.

  • Grace March 1, 2010, 1:21 pm

    I’m obsessed with the salt and pepper pistachios at Costco. I could eat them all day every day.

  • Robyn March 1, 2010, 1:24 pm

    Costco is my favorite store!!! Okay so I tried the virgin green monster yesterday and was shocked when I loved it!

  • Anna March 1, 2010, 1:25 pm

    I am OBSESSED with Costco! BJ’s too, but I don’t know if you guys have that down there. Same thing, basically. I always go for the spinach, Sabra hummus (never seen that flavor before! must get), cherry tomatoes, frozen fruit, bananas, oatmeal, and more. I just went to the Costco in Northern VA near me at school and it had totally different stuff- thrilling! Like agave nectar, $3.50 for two large bottles. Loves it.

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething March 1, 2010, 1:26 pm

    We don’t go to Costco because I honestly CANNOT handle the crowds there. It makes me crazy…….But I can see you have gotten some good stuff-maybe I should try again?

    • Hallie March 1, 2010, 1:48 pm

      I just posted this below, but try going in the evenings if you haven’t. Costco is insane on weekends but during the week, especially mid-week, it’s not bad at all when we go at like, 6 PM.

  • esperanza March 1, 2010, 1:28 pm

    what kind of blender do you use for your monster?

  • Rachel March 1, 2010, 1:30 pm

    Suggestion for freezing some of the spinach… Try blending it with your milk (like you would for a green monster) then freeze that in an ice cube tray. Then you could melt/blend that to create frozen green monsters in the future. 🙂

  • K March 1, 2010, 1:32 pm

    I love Costco so much! Unfortunately I don’t have one very close to me at all right now, but when I get out there I buy frozen fruit and veggies (SO much cheaper!), soymilk, some of the cheaper fresh stuff they have (like spinach and dates) and bulk nuts.

  • Miriam March 1, 2010, 1:39 pm

    I got a membership at Costco essentially to buy hummus in pack of 2 and Partner’s crackers… and organic cereals for 1/2 the price and twice volume! I also buy my spinach there 😉 and cheese is soooo sooo cheap comparing to reg grocery price.

  • megan March 1, 2010, 1:40 pm

    we only go when my parents come to visit, since they have the membership. We just went this weekend and stocked up on tons of household stuff – paper towels, kleenex, sandwich bags, etc. and of course pb&j for the husband 🙂

  • Karen w March 1, 2010, 1:42 pm

    Must go to costco! I have been on a crazy spinach kick lately too. Good to know it helps get you glowing! I love the spinach and artichoke flavor of sabra hummus…mmmm.

  • Hallie March 1, 2010, 1:44 pm

    yeah i’m in the “love Costco” camp too. I stopped buying frozen chicken there since I’m trying to go more organic, but we still buy eggs, lactose-free milk (when BF is on a smoothie kick we go through it fast) and things like bread, oats, vitamins, toilet paper, coffee, etc. We don’t go through the produce fast enough to buy stuff like that there, but we go at least twice a month. My tip for avoiding the crowds is to go after work (for us 9-to-5 kids, weekdays are the best if you can swing that!)…at 6 PM it’s usually not too bad

  • Katie March 1, 2010, 1:47 pm

    We buy the exact same things that you do, but also quinoa and WINE! They have really good prices on some great wines 🙂

  • Kelly March 1, 2010, 1:49 pm

    Omg Spinach and Artichoke hummus?!?!?! I will definitely be keeping an eye out for that one. Sounds so good.

  • Kate March 1, 2010, 1:50 pm

    So jealous your Costco carries greek yogurt! Mine seems to have the dregs no one else wants. Mine carries the Sabra sun dried tomato hummus which is pretty good. Although I hope the mix it up at bit and carry the spinach and artichoke flavor.

    I was tempted to buy the big bag of spinach last Wednesday. Unfortunately the spinach looked a little off and I have no idea how to store it so I don’t end up with a green bag of mush after a week. How do you store your spinach?

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 1:57 pm

      i just put it in the fridge. i will prob freeze half of this spinach though.

      • Kate March 1, 2010, 4:29 pm

        I’ll have to try freezing some of the spinach. Produce up to Alaska is pretty hit or miss. Either the stock at Costvo is unripe or has started to go bad by the time I do my Costco run. Who knows, maybe I’ll love the green monsters so much I won’t have to worry about the spinach going bad in the first place. 😀

  • Nicole, RD March 1, 2010, 1:52 pm

    That sandwich looks wonderful!

    I buy fruit at Sam’s, as well as oats, coffee, water, etc. Toilet paper and other household items, as well.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 1, 2010, 1:58 pm

    LOL– love that pictures of James + the spinach!

    We buy spinach at Sam’s too, along with pomegranates in the winter, and a mix of other produce, depending on what we need. We probably only shop at our Sam’s about once a month or so? I feel like I end up buying stuff that we don’t need…I’m always so tempted by everything!

  • Courtney March 1, 2010, 2:01 pm

    Dog beds! :>
    Dying to try that flavor of Sabra…when will my Costco get it!!!!!! YUM!!
    We buy hummus, frozen veggies, bottled water, soda and granola bars (for hubby), bread, razors, goat cheese, milk, cheese, tp and paper towels and laundry detergent. Oh, and of course BEER for the husband. And socks. What don’t we buy there!
    We do the same thing as you generally…hit Costco every few weeks and the grocery store about once a week.
    Costco is generally our entertainment for the week…that probably makes us old and pathetic!! LOL
    adventures in tri-ing

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self March 1, 2010, 2:06 pm

    Has anyone compared Costco to BJ’s? There is one of each about equidistant from my house, but I’ve only ever gone to BJ’s. I’m wondering if there is a significant difference, if one is better than the other.

    • Dynamics March 1, 2010, 3:54 pm

      Costco, Sams and probably BJ’s usually will give you a one day pass to check them out.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 1, 2010, 2:08 pm

    My mom took my husband and I to CostCo once and we added up the totals. We spent the exact same amount on toilet paper and other essentials as we did at our regular grocery store. They were simply in bigger packages, but per unit…same price! And we don’t have to pay to belong. =)

  • Julia March 1, 2010, 2:19 pm

    I’m a college student, and my parents live about three hours away. So, whenever I go home they take me to Costco and I stock up on so much stuff! I buy giant packages of wraps to, tons of fruit, and those enormous tubs of hummus! I am also a big fan of the bulk packages of veggie burgers and cereal. Those things are so much cheaper in bulk.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat March 1, 2010, 2:22 pm

    I used to belong to Sam’s but found their selection of things to not be what I need. Their produce was okay but I’ve heard Costco is way better. I let my membership to Sam’s Club expire so I may be trying out Costco soon, we visited once and I was impressed 🙂

  • amanda @ fake ginger March 1, 2010, 2:31 pm

    I bought that hummus last time I was at Sam’s! It’s great with fresh broccoli.

    I’m a baker so I have a membership just for the 25 pound bags of flour! I also buy a lot of fresh veggies there.

  • Laura March 1, 2010, 2:40 pm

    Ok, I think i’m going to start trying these green monsters. Do you use baby spinach? or just normal spinach?

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 2:41 pm

      normal 🙂

      • Laura March 1, 2010, 2:49 pm

        awesome! thanks! heading to the grocery store right after work today and will try this out after my run tonight. 😉

  • Allison @ Food For Healing March 1, 2010, 2:41 pm

    i don’t go to costco, but we do have a wholesale place here that doesn’t require a membership. They have huge bags of spinach there. I was thinking of stocking up on it soon, since i start waking up at 4am everyday starting tomorrow. so i just might need that extra energy to get me through

  • Kim March 1, 2010, 2:42 pm

    Costco is my happy place! I buy lots of my fruits & veggies there, both fresh & frozen.

  • Karissa @ CardioFoodie March 1, 2010, 2:43 pm

    I saw that hummus flavor at Sams yesterday! I was unsure about it.

    At Sams we buy oatmeal, spring mix, mushrooms, dishsoap(haha), frozen berries, and beer

  • JenRD March 1, 2010, 2:57 pm

    Have you ever tried frozen spinach in your Green Monsters? I have to admit, I was all for trying them, but all I had around was some organic frozen spinach, so I used that. I have to say, even with the 1/2 banana and almond milk blended in, it still tasted strongly of spinach, and was kind of slimy. Maybe I need to try the raw spinach?

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 2:59 pm

      i havent tried it frozen but a few people above have and liked it.

  • Carolyn March 1, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I bought that same bag of spinach and it’s lasted nearly 8 weeks. It’s just started to go bad (I divided it into separate ziploc bags). I don’t care if it’s getting slimy for GMs, though, so it’s still getting used. I also LOVE that flavor of Sabra!!

  • Elisa March 1, 2010, 3:15 pm

    Ok… I’ve been tempted to try these, but before I drag my blender out of storage and go buy a bag of spinach… how do these taste? Am I going to gag at the first sip?? Do they actually taste good or is it something you just pinch your nose and drink because it’s good for you?

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 3:16 pm

      the banana and milk make it taste sweet. i promise you wont gag – its good!

      • Elisa March 1, 2010, 3:19 pm

        Alright.. I’ll bite the bullet and give it a shot 😉 Thanks!

        I guess if I hate it, I can always just eat the ingredients seperately and whole (all of which I do like!)

  • Tracy March 1, 2010, 3:24 pm

    I love Costco and Sams! Sam’s is right down the road from me so I go there more often, but I just got a FREE membership to Costco so I’ll be heading there soon! In general I think Costco has more organic, healthier products, but Sam’s is getting there. I found Larabars in bulk at Sam’s for the first time this past weekend, and I’ve been looking for them for years!

    I go about every 3 – 4 weeks and things that I always get include:
    organic spinach
    bars (Luna, Balance, or now Lara!)
    frozen fruit
    shaving cream
    other random foods that I’m tempted into getting that we can’t eat up in time!
    Oh, and wine of course – they have fantastic wine prices. I always get 4 -5 bottles when I go!

  • Sammi March 1, 2010, 3:24 pm

    I only buy razor blades and water from bj’s. I’d love to buy in bulk from there but I live alone so it’s hard enough getting through the stuff I don’t buy in bulk! Sometimes I buy cereal from there! I once bought a giant bag of blue corn tortilla chips.. and they all went stale so I try not to buy things I can’t freeze in bulk.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing March 1, 2010, 3:26 pm

    Love Costco! I insisted on buying a bag of pasta from there when I was in undergrad. My dad told me I would never eat it all myself so I was very proud 2 1/2 years later when I could finally call him and say I did! ha.

  • Kristin March 1, 2010, 3:29 pm

    Love Costco! I buy chicken, apples, carrots, milk (super cheap), trail mix, Zbars and Clif Bars, shampoo/conditioner, soup, hot cocoa…oh the list goes on and on. Everything is so tempting!

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run March 1, 2010, 3:33 pm

    I also love Costco, but don’t buy as much as you do. I have a really small kitchen with not much room, so I have to be careful how much I buy there. I do get bottled water, diet coke and cat litter every time I there 🙂

    It’s good to know they have bags of spinach. I just came home with spinach from Publix to make my first green monster. I agree, you can’t taste the spinach! I think next time I will add a little vanilla or flavor since I used plain milk, but otherwise, it’s really good.

    Does anyone make these ahead of time and keep them in the fridge? It would be nice for the drive to work, but I know I won’t take the time to make them each morning.

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 3:34 pm

      yup – i havent done them but others have. you just need to give it a good stir.

      • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run March 1, 2010, 3:36 pm

        Great, thanks!

        I let my cat lick the glass when I was done (gross, I know) and he even likes green monsters 🙂

  • Megan March 1, 2010, 3:36 pm

    I just entered the sweepstakes and made sure to nominate you!!

    I think i’m going to give these infamous green monsters a try this week.


  • Samantha March 1, 2010, 3:36 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    I was just wondering about these green smoothies…what is it about them that’s really good for your skin do you think? You mentioned the results of project glow were amazing – do you think it was down to the spinach mainly? Is there any research that shows why spinach is so good?

    I just curious…I have really bad skin at the moment and am intrigued about this!

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 3:41 pm

      i think its just the vitamins and minerals. tons of free radical fighters in it!

      • Samantha March 1, 2010, 4:25 pm

        Thanks – I’ll give them a go! 🙂

  • Crys March 1, 2010, 3:41 pm

    We shop at CostCo weekly. I buy a lot of our produce at CostCo as well as basic staples link oatmeal and bread. I am very jealous that your CostCo has greek yogurt! I will have to make a request.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie March 1, 2010, 3:48 pm

    I totally stock up every once in a while on canned goods, frozen berries and dry goods. I love getting a bunch of rice, oats and quinoa in my kitchen!

  • Kiersten March 1, 2010, 3:49 pm

    I love trips to Costco! We go there probably once a month and stock up on the necessities:

    peanut butter
    almond butter
    veggie burgers
    dried fruit

  • Julie March 1, 2010, 3:51 pm

    I don’t, but my sister and I want to split a BJ’s membership. Do you really save money?

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 3:55 pm

      oh sure! esp on paper products like toliet paper.

  • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, Teenager with a healthy twist on life :) March 1, 2010, 3:53 pm

    I agree! Green Monsters are absolutely the BEST for upping energy levels. I will usually have one an hour or so before and intense workout and I always find that I’m able to go longer and harder than usual 🙂

  • Dynamics March 1, 2010, 3:58 pm

    Do you think these GM are better than drinking protein drinks made with Whey?

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 4:00 pm

      add protein to your GM! i do that a lot. i cant say which one is better because you prob drink them for different reasons.

      • Dynamics March 1, 2010, 4:01 pm

        Thanks! That is a GREAT idea!

  • Morgan March 1, 2010, 4:21 pm

    Does Costco support any local produce/products?

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 4:28 pm


      “Costco caters to the organic consumer’s goal of buying fresh, local products by purchasing 60 percent of its deli food regionally, Lyons says. Also, “We buy as close to the resource as possible to keep transportation costs down.” But club stores’ need for large amounts of stock can play havoc with that plan. “The problem is replenishment. We can run out of an item if it’s popular. As organic companies get bigger and bigger, there will be more stock.””

      • Morgan March 1, 2010, 4:39 pm

        It’s nice to know! 60% is a lot to buy locally.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) March 1, 2010, 4:40 pm

    I wish we had a costco around here. It seems like they offer more healthy/natural/organic product than the others. We have a Sam’s Club here, and shop there for many non-perishable items such as paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies. Oh, and hummus. No amount of hummus will perish in my house 😀
    BTW – I just now looked at your Project Glow results, and WOW! Amazing!!!

  • Heather I. March 1, 2010, 4:45 pm

    I love Costco, it’s almost an addiction. I always get their organic eggs, organic spinach, bananas, bread (I freeze a loaf, too:), chopped broccoli, Boca burgers, GAS, organic pb, maybe a cookbook and/or magazine, I could go on and on…the one thing I have to stay away from are the organic Disney animal cookies- I have NO self control with those around!

  • Allison March 1, 2010, 4:52 pm

    I started drinking GM’s again after I saw you drinking them again on your blog! I drank them all the time over the summer, but then it got cold and I didn’t want them anymore. Seeing yours made me want one, so I’ve started having one almost every day again! I LOVE how much energy they give me! When I drink one with lunch I avoid the afternoon slump. love it!

  • Nancy March 1, 2010, 4:54 pm

    Hi! I just found your site today and I love it! It’s so motivating and positive. Thank you for encouraging all women to love themselves and enjoy life. I can’t wait to try some of the food ideas, very inspiring.

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 5:01 pm

      thank you! 🙂

  • Sarah March 1, 2010, 5:03 pm

    I love Costco, but have found that right now a membership doesn’t make sense. My husband and I are in an apartment with just the refrigerator freezer and not a lot of pantry space, so buying in bulk just tends to clutter things. I cannot wait to be able to spread out!!

  • Emily March 1, 2010, 5:25 pm

    My family has a costco membership and on top of many of the things you buy, we also get raw nuts (almonds and walnuts usually), some produce, and arnold’s sandwich thins! (we freeze some of them too). That place rocks!

  • BroccoliHut March 1, 2010, 5:31 pm

    What a perfect lunch! Might have to have something similar tomorrow:)
    When I get the chance to go to CostCo/Sam’s, I stock up on almond butter, Nature’s Path granola, frozen fruit (to feed my insatiable smoothie habit), spinach, avocados, and bananas.

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) March 1, 2010, 5:36 pm

    While I never thought you had bad skin, I still cannot get over the difference in your before and after pictures!!! Just amazing! My skin breaks out a lot less since I have been drinking GM’s..I think it just balances my whole system out.

    We shop a lot at Costco…we get a huge shop every 2 months (since it is not close to home)

  • Leena March 1, 2010, 5:47 pm

    that has got to be the biggest baf of spinach i’ve ever seen! i usually shop at BJ’s, but the closest one to me is over an hour away, so i tend to only go once every few months.

  • Jenn @ Watch My Butt Shrink! March 1, 2010, 5:57 pm

    Ooo, I have to find that new hummus flavor! Sabra is my fave hummus…
    I have BJ’s, not Costco…I get lots of great stuff there. Their dairy is a lot cheaper than the supermarket, so I stock up on cheese. I also get wraps there, as well as Goldfish for my kiddies!

  • Laurie March 1, 2010, 6:12 pm

    It’s nice to hear someone saying that you don’t need to go to pricey grocery stores to still eat healthy. I’m a college student and that’s just out of the question.

    I just recently started reading your site and I love it! Your fitness goals are so inspiring to read every day. Thanks for sharing!

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 7:42 pm

      thanks! being vegetarian is pretty cheap 😉

  • Erin March 1, 2010, 6:37 pm

    Ooh, I didn’t see Project Glow the first time around, but I am so hopping on that train now! I am so fed up with my skin (like you, I feel like at age 26 I shouldn’t have to deal with this anymore!) and I’m ready to try anything! I don’t scrub much because my skin gets easily irritated but I’m prescribing myself a green monster & lots of lemon water every day!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] March 1, 2010, 6:42 pm

    I love how GMs make me feel. I want to include them in my diet at least 1-2x a week.

    How much flax do you put on your oatmeal? Have you ever had any stomach side effects from eating too much?

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 7:43 pm

      1 tablespoon and not – never bothers my tummy.

  • Allison K March 1, 2010, 6:43 pm

    We just got our Costco membership last year, and love it! We originally got it, specifically to purchase a dog bed! We have a large dog, and dog beds at Costco are only 20 bucks, so even though we paid $50 to join and then $20 for the bed (equal to paying for JUST the dog bed at pet stores) we figured at least this $50 was going towards something else too.

    We buy frozen chicken, butter, spinach, chicken sausages, chips, paper towels, toilet paper, and clif bars at Costco…and whatever other impulse buys I can talk my husband into. Like a gigantic bag of Pop chips!

  • Allison March 1, 2010, 7:25 pm

    How long does that bag last you? I’ve been getting spinach at Trader Joe’s, $2/bag that lasts me about a week…after 10 days-2 weeks or so the spinach starts to get a little slimy and gross, I’ve found. I’d love to get it in bulk and save money but only if I can actually finish the whole bag!

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 7:43 pm

      no idea – but me and the husband are going to try to eat it all but freeze what we can’t

  • Colleen March 1, 2010, 7:44 pm

    I buy a lot of the same as you – but also PUMPKIN!! The huge Libby’s cans are amazing. I can go through one of those in a week, so good thing I buy in bulk at Costco! I also buy frozen yogurt there whenever I visit 🙂 Can only eat about 1/3 though. Everything is huge there including their food court portions!

  • Andrea (Fit Healthy Fun) March 1, 2010, 7:57 pm

    I have also jumped back on board the smoothie train. I think it’s wishful thinking for summer to come and leaving oats behind!
    That spinach and artichoke hummus is to die for. I tried it last week and absolutely loved it! I love the bulk container…will have to check my Costco for it!

  • susan (stepping off the coaster) March 1, 2010, 8:00 pm

    many a green monster at my house too! i used chocolate almond milk in the teen’s so he can’t see the “green”… he has no idea he’s eating spinach every morning…

    costco fan here!!!

    did you get that hummus at costco? i’ve only seen sundried tomato sabra there… please tell me they are carrying this flavor now!?!?

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 8:16 pm

      yup from costco 🙂

  • Heather March 1, 2010, 8:09 pm

    I have only had one green monster and it totally gave me a ton of energy! Heading to the store tomorrow for more spinach!

  • Dione March 1, 2010, 8:55 pm

    I LOVE Costco. Even though I am single, I love to buy my Bran Buds (I go through 1 box a month at least), Kashi Go lean Crunch, Laughing Cow, Balderson cheddar portions, and some veg and fruit there. And there are cool things there that you can only get there. I bought some lovely bourbon vanilla sugar there the other week. I wish we got some of your flavors of Sabra hummus in Canada. I only ever see the red pepper one.
    I also shop at Safeway and Sobeys.
    I love grocery shopping:)

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 1, 2010, 9:31 pm

    I always buy that giant bag of spinach from Costco. I also buy almond butter there and a bunch of other things!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 1, 2010, 9:50 pm

    We buy canned goya beans, canned tomatoes, frozen veggies, spinach, ww pasta and cheese like manchego that I can’t get at the regular grocery.

  • Mary @ Fit this girl March 2, 2010, 12:57 am

    My goodness, James is only 22lbs?? He looks bigger, this makes me feel like a bad cat mom, both my cats are 16, they need to up the cardio I think! LOL, sorry for such a random comment…

  • Whitney March 2, 2010, 3:41 am

    I buy that exact same hummus at Costco, too. It’s seriously so good, addicting!

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. March 2, 2010, 11:10 am

    I don’t know if I can do the green monsters. Is there another way to get that much fresh spinach into a diet easily?

    • caitlin March 2, 2010, 11:11 am

      cooking raw spinach really reduces its volume, so you could add that to pastas, sandwiches, or soups. but GMs are good – i promise!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama March 2, 2010, 11:33 am

    I love costco! And dang, that sandwich looks amazing!

  • Samantha March 2, 2010, 12:56 pm

    HAHA that bag is huge!! I can’t wait to be home so I can make smoothies 🙂 I love Costco and love shopping there!

  • patti bevans March 2, 2010, 1:01 pm

    I made a green monster this morning and LOVED IT! I was so scared to taste the first sip, but you were right, couldn’t taste the spinach at all! And I felt so healthy and good about eating it! Thanks!!

  • Caroline March 2, 2010, 1:55 pm

    How do you keep such a large bag of spinach from getting nasty? I have that problem with regular small bags!

    • caitlin March 2, 2010, 1:56 pm

      inhale it really really fast!

  • Joey March 2, 2010, 4:27 pm

    This post inspired me to go get some spinach from Sams, too… I had been making several trips to the grocery/week ever since drinking one GM/day! I bought 3 lbs of organic baby spinach for $4! Can’t beat that! They also had a multi pack of Chobani (12 yogurts) that I got.. yay! 🙂

  • cara March 2, 2010, 6:23 pm

    I absolutely love getting the chobani yogurt, pasta sauce, and quinoa. The cheese is also significantly cheaper!

  • whitney March 3, 2010, 8:29 am

    I live by myself right now but I do still buy some stuff from either sam’s or costco.

    Spinach and fresh fruit. I would love to buy greek yogurt in bulk because I go through it like crazy but my store does not have it. Do you think BJ’s would have greek yogurt?

    • caitlin March 3, 2010, 8:30 am

      no idea 🙁 sorry. i think most stores will give you a one day pass to check it out.

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year) March 3, 2010, 11:01 am

    I love Costco – especially for the produce, though I wish more of it was organic. The spinach is a great deal there, though the last time I bought it I wasn’t planning on having GMs too much so it went bad. Yuck!

    My husband and I usually get pasta sauce (Newman’s Own), bread, paper products, cheese, almond butter, dried fruits, nuts, etc. I wish it was closer to our house, but I usually end up going to Safeway anyway for other things on our list.

    I really should be drinking more GMs! I’ve been starting to make fresh veggie juice more often, but a GM is sooo yummy, too!


  • Tamika April 25, 2010, 1:17 pm

    I just bought the Sabra roasted red pepper hummus at Sam’s last week. Try it, C, you’ll LOVE it! By the way, I love your blog. I found it after reading Megan’s. You two ladies are such an inspiration.

    • caitlin April 25, 2010, 1:24 pm

      thank you!

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