It’s easy to go into Costco needing only paper towels and find yourself with a cart piled high (no? just us?). As long as you manage to avoid the bulk candy section, you can snag some healthy options at Costco for a fraction of the price (like almond butter or quinoa).
We scoured the aisles to find the tastiest high-protein snacks you can buy (in this case, 5 or more grams of protein per serving), ranging from sweet to savory and creamy to crunchy—with many of them easy to grab on your way out the door. Trust us, the whole family will thank you when you stock up.
Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookies
Anyone who loves the classic peanut butter-chocolate flavor combo will go nuts for this pack of high-protein cookies, which comes with 10 peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and 10 regular chocolate chip cookies. The Costco pack includes nicely portioned 2-ounce cookies, which pack at least 8 grams of protein a piece—plus 5 grams of satiating dietary fiber—for 220 calories. Good news for anyone with food allergens, too: These are free of soy, dairy and eggs, and also suitable for vegan diets.
Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes
You might know this brand for the delicious high-protein pancakes you can make with it, but it’s much more versatile than just a breakfast food—you can use it to bake up many tasty snacks for the week, too. Try whipping up a batch of chocolate oatmeal protein bars, healthy fudge bites or even a peanut butter chocolate mug cake (find all the recipes on Kodiak Cakes’ website) for an easy, satisfying snack for 14 grams of protein per half-cup serving.
Kirkland Organic Hard Boiled Eggs
One of the easiest high-protein snacks to grab on the go is a hard-boiled egg, says Cara Clark, certified nutritionist behind Cara Clark Nutrition. When you don’t have time to make a batch yourself, grab a bag of them from Costco for 6 grams of protein each. Best part? They’re already peeled!. Eat eggs solo or on top of a heartier snack like avocado toast to reap the full health benefits (each one has 10 percent of your daily vitamin D recommendation!)
Olli Salumeria Antipasto Trays
New to Costco this spring, this combo pack of pre-sliced soppressata pepper-garlic salami, Genoa salami, Parmesan and Frescatrano olives makes an impressive high-protein spread you can arrange on a cheese board to be party ready in a minute—or simply eat for snack dinner with some fresh veggies. Both meats are made with vegetarian-fed pork, plus the olives boast heart-healthy fats. Watch the sodium and stick to a smaller serving size—you’ll still get 13 grams of protein per 2-ounce serving.
Yasso Mint Chocolate Chip Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars
These 100-calorie bars are the perfect sweet treat after dinner, and with only 100 calories each (and 5 grams of protein), you won’t have to feel guilty for regularly indulging. They’re made with healthy ingredients like nonfat milk and Greek yogurt, and don’t contain any erythritol (a sugar alcohol that can cause unpleasant side effects). Regular grocery stores sell these in packs of four, so this Costco-sized box of 15 means you won’t have to restock as often.
These delicious protein bars are filling enough to be a meal, with 17 grams of protein per serving. They’re made with 20 superfoods—like organic kale, spinach and lemon—and need to be refrigerated, but will last for about five days without refrigeration. The Costco variety pack comes in three flavors: creamy peanut butter, nutty almond butter and indulgent dark chocolate crisp. These are especially great to pack for a flight when you want a heartier alternative to airline snacks.
Birch Benders Paleo Pancake & Waffle Mix
This tasty mix, which has 7 grams of protein per 35-gram serving and an ultra-smooth, fluffy texture, is made with cassava starch, organic coconut flour and almond flour, making it a good fit for paleo dieters—but even kids are bound to love it. Bake it into muffins or blondies for a healthy treat that extends this mix’s usefulness beyond pancakes and waffles (though we wouldn’t blame you for enjoying a protein pancake or two for a snack, topped with a spoonful of nut butter!).
KIND Crunchy Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Get 12 grams protein per serving in this grab-and-go snack, packed with fresh peanut butter flavor and crunch. Along with being a good source of protein and fiber—thanks to whole ingredients like roasted peanuts and wild honey—it’s also gluten free, and easy to stash in your bag for a post-workout pick-me-up (just avoid heat when packing this bar—the peanut butter drizzle on top can get melty when it warms).
Organic Valley Stringles
These humble little individually wrapped cheese sticks—with a name that’s fun to say—are an easy snack to toss into lunchboxes and have 7 grams of protein per serving to help keep you (or the kids) full. They’re made from skim milk produced without hormones, antibiotics or GMOs, and are certified USDA Organic. Pair them with fresh veggies like carrot or celery sticks, or with a few whole-grain crackers for added staying power.
Chobani Greek Yogurt Variety Pack
Always running out of Chobani yogurt cups in your fridge? (Us, too!) This 20-pack ensures you won’t run low, at least for a while, with five cups each of nonfat strawberry, blueberry, peach and black cherry to suit the whole family’s tastes. Each one packs 12 grams of protein and gut-friendly probiotics, in addition to the thick, creamy texture you love about Greek yogurt. (Of note, flavored varieties are higher in sugar compared to plain Greek yogurt, so if you’re watching your sugar intake, you can always buy the large plain Chobani and portion out individual servings—then add fresh fruit yourself.)