food expert – five best nutritional finds at Costco and one to avoid

FINDING a healthy alternative at Costco may not be as hard as it seems.

Chef and self-proclaimed “grocery story guy” Bobby Parrish is a grocery shopping expert who educates others on healthier eating.

Bobby Parrish shares his favorite healthy Costco findsBobby Parrish shares his favorite healthy Costco findsCredit: Bobby Parrish

Bobby, who goes by flaccidity on TikTok, has a mission to teach people that they can thrive while still saving money.

The majority of his videos feature him at grocery stores showing where to get the best deals on healthy snack alternatives.

In a recent TikTok, Bobby shared with his 569.4K followers his favorite Costco finds.

First up is Country Archer 100% grass-fed beef sticks.

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This is a great alternative to other brands such as Stryve.

Stryve is a South African company and was so close to being “Bobby approved” but since it’s not 100% grass-fed, it didn’t make the cut.

Instead, the jerky is made from GMO-fed cows.

Country Archer contains zero sugar and four grams of protein.

Next is Pure Organic fruit bars.

It’s not technically healthy, but it is the healthier option.

The alternative is Welch’s Fruit Snacks which Bobby strongly opposes.

Welch’s adds artificial flavoring, GMO, and high fructose corn syrup to its mixed berry snacks.

Pure Organic comes in a variety of flavors

Pure Organic comes in a variety of flavorsCredit: Bobby Parrish

Even though Pure Organic uses natural flavors, the fruit is in fact organic making this one the better grab.

The variety pack of 28 was on sale for $8.79 saving shoppers nearly $4.

Next up is flavored water.

Many times, companies like La Croix and Lemon Perfect claim to be made with natural flavors but as Bobby states, “there ain’t nothing natural about it.”

Spindrift is the better alternative to other popular sparkling water

Spindrift is the better alternative to other popular sparkling water credit: Bobby Parrish

Luckily Spindrift sparkling water was on sale for $11.99, down $4 from its original price.

The pack of 30 cans features grapefruit, lemon, and lime, all made from real fruit.

For Kombucha lovers, Bobby urges shoppers to avoid natural flavors.

Even though they are slightly better for you than artificial flavors, they aren’t the best option.

Health-Ade Kombucha is proudly brewed in Los Angeles

Health-Ade Kombucha is proudly brewed in Los AngelesCredit: Bobby Parrish

Bobby explains that while the Kirkland brand isn’t terrible, there’s an even better choice.

He recommends the Health-Ade brand.

If you’re able to splurge, The brand new Keto chocolate-covered salted caramel bites from Skinnydipped are the perfect guiltless pleasure.

They are made from allulose, which is a sugar alternative, non-GMO milk, and has only one gram of added sugar.