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15 Unhealthiest Costco Buys for Your Family

Steer clear of these less-than-stellar picks.

If you have multiple mouths to feed, shopping in bulk can be a lifesaver. When you know that your family will eat dozens of eggs or multiple packages of ground beef before they go bad, you can feel good knowing that you're saving money on your grocery trips.

And while you can find great healthy foods at Costco, not everything on the warehouse shelves is a smart buy. Frozen vegetables and fresh fruits? Great! Frozen dinners loaded with fat and sodium? Not so much. Here are some of the unhealthiest Costco buys for your family—avoid, avoid, avoid.

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Pierre Signatures Angus Cheeseburger

pierre signatures frozen angus cheeseburgers box

Per sandwich (174 g): 500 calories, 27 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 820 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 25 g protein

These cheeseburgers are an easy dinner—just pop them in the microwave and go. But like so many other frozen meals, they're loaded with sodium. You're better off heating a frozen burger patty and topping it with some fresh veggies.

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Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pies

marie callenders frozen chicken pot pie

Per 1 cup (200 g): 410 calories, 22 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 770 mg sodium, 43 g carbs (4 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 11 g protein

We get it: There's not always time to make a pot pie from scratch. But this frozen meal isn't a good alternative. It's packed with fat, sodium, and calories. Save the pot pie for a day when you have a little more time to make a homemade version—you can't go wrong with our Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe.

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Kirkland Signature Pepperoni Pizza

kirkland signature frozen pepperoni pizza

Per 1/4 pizza (135 g): 400 calories, 24 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 990 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (1 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 16 g protein

Frozen pizzas tend to be loaded with fat and sodium, and this one is no exception. One serving of this pizza packs a whopping 990 milligrams of sodium. That's almost half of the recommended daily amount.


Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Milk Chocolate Almond Bars

box of haagen dazs vanilla milk chocolate almond ice cream bars

Per 1 bar (77 g): 270 calories, 19 g fat (12 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 40 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (1 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 4 g protein

If you're serving your kids a frozen treat, you may not want to choose one that has 14 grams of added sugar. Instead, go for Yasso's frozen Greek yogurt bars, which you'll find in the freezers at Costco, too.


Panera Mac & Cheese Cups

package of panera mac and cheese cups from costco

Per serving (284 g): 600 calories, 36 g fat (20 g saturated fat, 1.5 g trans fat), 1,450 mg sodium, 48 g carbs (1 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 23 g protein

Unless you're looking for a bowl of empty carbs, skip this cheesy Costco offering. Each cup contains 20 grams of saturated fat and a shocking 1,450 milligrams of sodium. Yikes!


Gabila's Potato Knishes

box of gabilas potato knishes

Per 1 knish (128 g): 180 calories, 2.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 428 mg sodium, 36 g carbs (2 g fiber, <1 g sugar), 4 g protein

If the knish isn't homemade, we don't want it! These frozen options are loaded with empty carbs, which means they won't be a filling snack for your family.


El Monterey Chicken & Cheese Taquitos

box of el monterey frozen taquitos

2 taquitos: 250 calories, 13 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 340 mg sodium, 23 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 10 g protein

Frozen taquitos are a classic after-school snack. But you don't need us to tell you they're not the healthiest option. And if you or your kids end up eating more than two, you'll really set back your health goals.


Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips

bag of tyson frozen crispy chicken strips

Per serving (84 g): 210 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 500 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 13 g protein

This is another freezer-aisle after-school classic that's better left in the store. With each serving packing in 500 milligrams of sodium (and that's before any dipping sauces for that chicken, too), these chicken strips are far from being a healthy snack choice.


Kirkland Signature Butter Croissants

costco bakery croissants
Per croissant: 320 calories, 16 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 36 g carbs (1 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 6 g protein

With everyone spending more time at home during quarantine, the idea of a leisurely breakfast spread sounds lovely. But don't make these Kirkland Signature croissants a part of the festivities. They're full of empty carbs and contain half a gram of trans fat. No, thank you!


Lucky Charms

cereal aisle at costco
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Per serving (27 g): 110 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 22 g carbs (2 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 2 g protein

The Costco cereal aisle can be tempting! But just because something is a good deal, doesn't mean it's good for you or your kids. This cereal is high in carbs and low in fiber. And if you eat more than the serving size (who doesn't when it comes to cereal?), you'll be taking in a lot of sugar, too.


Kirkland Signature Sliced Turkey Breast

kirkland signature turkey breast

Per 2 slices (56 g): 60 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 460 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 10 g protein

Sandwiches are another classic lunch option. But steer clear of this sodium-packed turkey breast from Costco. A better option? Buy a Costco rotisserie chicken and make sandwiches with the meat!


Cuisine Adventures Spanakopita Spinach & Feta Phyllo Triangles

box of frozen cuisine adventures spanakopita

Per 3 pieces (85 g): 200 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 290 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 7 g protein

This Greek-style appetizer doesn't deserve a place in your freezer. It's full of empty carbs, and you'll eat a lot of sodium if you don't stick to the serving size.


Nutella & Go Snacks

nutella and go container
Per container: 260 calories, 123 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 130 mg sodium, 34 g carbs (2 g fiber, 23 g sugar), 4 g protein

These dippable snacks are appealing—they're sort of a 21st-century version of Dunkaroos. But for 260 calories, we'd like to see more protein and fiber in this snack.


Kirkland Signature Chicken Bakes

kirkland signature chicken bakes

Per 1 sandwich (227 g): 540 calories, 19 g fat (5.99 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,370 mg sodium, 58 g carbs (2.95 g fiber, 6.99 g sugar), 35 g protein

Chicken bakes are a classic at the Costco food court, and you can get them frozen in the warehouse aisles, too. But considering the fact that each chicken bake packs in 1,370 milligrams of sodium, you're better off skipping them entirely.


Pierre Chicken Cordon Bleu

pierre frozen chicken cordon bleu stuffed chicken breasts

Per serving (182 g): 340 calories, 14 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 940 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (1 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 32 g protein

Breaded chicken, ham, and cheese, all in the same meal? This is a recipe for disaster. You're much better off sticking with regular chicken breasts.

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