Everyone loves a trip to the Costco bakery. Whether you're looking for a delicious dessert to share after dinner, or a fresh loaf of bread to go with your homemade chili, you can find whatever your heart desires.
But for those who have set a new health or weight loss goal this year, the bakery can also be a tempting and intimidating place. And if you're not sure what to look for, it can quickly turn into your worst nightmare.
That's why we asked our medical board expert Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, author of The First Time Mom's Pregnancy Cookbook and Fueling Male Fertility, and a Costco-lover herself, what she believes is the best Costco bakery item to eat for your weight loss goals.
Her answer? The Kirkland Signature Multigrain Bread! "With ingredients like whole wheat flour, oats, barley, and bulgur, people can enjoy this bread knowing they are getting a boost of a variety of whole grains and other good-for-you ingredients," says Manaker.
When you're choosing a bread to buy, you want to make sure you're choosing one that contains a helpful amount of nutrients, especially because many store-bought bakery items just come loaded with added sugar.
For example, white bread is considered a high-glycemic food because it is mostly made up of carbohydrates and very few nutrients. According to Diabetes Care, white bread is a 75 out of 100 on the glycemic scale, whereas most whole-grain bread ranks around 53 because they're made up of other nutrients like fiber and protein as well.
"Unlike some breads that are loaded with carbs and not much else, this Costco multigrain bread contains fiber, antioxidants, and even some protein thanks to the sesame seeds it contains," says Manaker, "and the added bonus is that it comes in a two-pack and freezes nicely, allowing people to preserve one loaf to enjoy at a later date."
For more grocery shopping tips, here are 6 Things You'll See at Costco This Year.