As a mom of two kids under 10, “I’m hungry” is a refrain on constant repeat in my house. So when it comes to snacks, I’m always looking for convenience — while also trying to dodge sugar-packed, nutrition-light options.
Costco is a go-to for our food runs, and it’s increasingly offering healthier options that fit my family’s “plant-forward” eating habits. While the packaging still leaves a lot to be desired — with lots of single-use and plastic containers — it’s all about progress over perfection.
Here are some of my family’s favorite plant-based, healthy-ish snacks:
These organic, plant-based alternatives to cheese puffs made with chickpeas are a favorite in our house, and they’re sold in bulk at Costco. They’re also gluten-free.
Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers
We love Simple Mills! The company prides itself on quality products with simple ingredients you can pronounce. These are nut- and seed-based crackers that are also gluten-free.
Organic Sweet Potato Crackers
Here’s another gluten-free option made with sweet potatoes, corn, chia, and flax seeds. We love dipping them in hummus or as a chip alternative.
Mary’s Organic Original Crackers
These are organic, gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO. They’re a little more savory than other crackers, but they work great with cheese or dips.
Organic Green Pea Snap Crisps
These are only a half-step above chips on the nutrition scale, but they use plant-based protein (peas) and are organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO.
That’s it Fruit Bars
If you haven’t been introduced to Bitchin’ Sauce, well, you’re welcome. This addictive, mysterious dip is actually almond-based and fully plant-based, but you’d never know it.
Avoid the single-use hummus containers and try the bigger version of the Sabra Hummus (we often freeze half of it if we don’t think we’ll eat the whole thing in a week). Salad hack: Put a spoonful of hummus in your salad with some olive oil and lemon juice and it will make an instantly creamy dressing!
Again, buy the bulk version instead of the single-use servings, and freeze it if you don’t eat it all right away. This organic guac has simple ingredients and a really fresh taste.
It’s worth noting that Costco products vary by state, and may not be available in your location. Also, for the ultimate “sustainable” (non-Costco) snacks with better packaging, ingredients, and values, check out our favorites here.