Those 3:30 hungries are the worst. When my kids and I get home from work and school, it's like, Food. Now. And it can be tough to resist the temptation to stop at the bakery or grab a bag of chips at the supermarket on the way home. That's why I'm glad there are so many healthy snacks from Costco that satisfy both our hunger and our taste buds. One trip to the mega-warehouse store gets us a trunkful of good-for-us goodies that we know will be waiting for us after a busy day.
Snacking in and of itself isn't a bad thing. In fact, as the National Institutes of Health's Medline website affirmed, between-meal snacks can keep you from overeating and provide energy after you exercise. Snacking also helps keep active kids going and is a source of added nutrition, explained WebMD. The trouble happens when your main source of snacking is packaged or processed foods that are loaded with added fat, sugar, white flour, and unpronounceable ingredients. You know: all the good stuff like chips, doughnuts, cookies, and so on.
Happily, Costco makes it easy to snack smart with their ample variety of good-for-you products. These are the current offerings at the location in Queens, New York. Many of them are organic, and most are minimally processed and low in sugar and fat without sacrificing taste. Have these on hand (at home, in your purse, and even your car) for after-school treats or to nosh on when you're craving a little something, and you'll be able to pass up the less healthy options more easily. (Though it's still okay to have some chocolate once in a while... antioxidants, y'know.)