Costco Basics for Your Low-Carb Kitchen

costco-wholesale-webCostco is known for its great selection of foods for every occasion. Whether you’re throwing a party or simply doing your weekly grocery shopping, you know you’ll find exactly what you need here. But what if you’re on a low-carb diet to control diabetes? How can you make the healthiest choices to prepare well-balanced meals? Not to worry: You’ll find many nutritious and great-tasting low-carbohydrate foods at your neighborhood Costco. Ready to make a shopping list of all your low-carb “must-haves?”

Low carb food listProtein Foods

Protein foods are important for good health, and they also make you feel full and satisfied. They contain little or no carbohydrate and should be included in every meal. If you buy fresh beef, pork, poultry, and seafood in large packages it will help stretch your food dollars. Depending on the size of your family, you can divide these foods into several bags and store these in the freezer until needed.

Be sure to include seafood at least two to three times a week. Salmon is especially rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats.

Meat, Poultry, Seafood, and Eggs (No carbohydrates)

Beef  Pork  Poultry  Seafood

  • Ribeye
  • Top Sirloin
  • London Broil
  • Beef Stew Meat

  • Boneless Pork Loin
  • Sirloin Tip Roast

  • Whole Chicken
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Chicken Thighs
  • Chicken Drumsticks

  • Farmed and Wild Salmon
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Halibut
  • Cod
  • Trout
  • Shrimp

  • Kirkland Organic Ground Beef Patties
  • Kirkland Lean Ground Beef Patties

  • Kirkland Smoked Pulled Pork

  • Kirkland Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • Kirkland Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

  • Kirkland Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon
  • Kirkland Wild Alaskan Pacific Cod
  • Kirkland Wild Alaskan Mahi-Mahi
  • Kirkland Tail-On Raw Frozen Shrimp
  • Kirkland Cooked, Deveined Frozen Shrimp

  • Rotisserie Whole Chicken
  • Rotisserie Chicken Breasts

  • Bear and Wolf Wild-Caught Pink Alaskan Salmon


Eggs  Cheese (Less than 1 gram carbohydrate per ounce) Yogurt (7 grams carbohydrate per 6-oz serving)  Nuts and Nut Butters (3 grams net carbohydrate per ¼ cup nuts or 2 Tbsp nut butter) 

  • Kirkland Signature organic large brown eggs

  • Brie
  • Cheddar
  • Cream cheese
  • Feta
  • Gouda
  • Gruyere
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella
  • Muenster
  • Swiss

  • Fage Plain 0% Fat Greek Yogurt

  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Macadamias
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts

  • Kirkland Shredded Mozzarella
  • Kirkland Cheddar Cheese Blend
  • Kirkland Mexican 4-cheese Blend
  • Precious String Cheese


 Nut Butters:

  • Kirkland Organic Natural Peanut Butter
  • Kirkland Almond Butter



Fruits and vegetables provide the important vitamins and minerals your body needs to be healthy. Their high fiber content helps keep you full. Be sure to include some of these with every meal.

Vegetables (2-5 grams net carbohydrate per cup) Fruits (7-14 grams net carbohydrate per cup)     
Fresh:Choose a wide variety of fresh and frozen vegetables from Costco’s large produce section. Limit the amount of corn, peas, and lima beans you eat since they have the highest carbohydrates levels. Most fruits are high in carbohydrates, but fresh berries contain less than 10 net grams per cup. Costco has a selection of seasonal fresh berries, as well as frozen berries that are available year round. Choose one of these as a sweet way to end your meal.    

  • Kirkland Stir-Fry Vegetable Blend
  • Kirkland Normandy-Style Vegetable Blend
  • Byebee Organic Spinach
  • Byebee Organic Frozen Green Beans

  • Blackberries (7 grams net carbohydrate per cup)
  • Raspberries (7 grams net carbohydrate per cup)
  • Strawberries: (9 grams net carbohydrate per cup)

  • Kirkland Nature’s Three Berries (14 grams net carbohydrate per cup)
  • Kirkland Frozen Strawberries (10 grams net carbohydrate per cup)
  • Pure Nature Frozen Organic blackberries (7 grams net carbohydrate per cup)

Oils and Condiments (0-2 grams net carbohydrate per serving)

Add oils and low-carbohydrate condiments to make foods taste richer and be more satisfying.

Kirkland Extra Virgin Olive Oil (no carbohydrates)

Kirkland Organic Extra Virgin Coconut oil (no carbohydrates)

Kirkland Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (2 grams carbohydrate per Tbsp)

Kirkland Kalamata Olives (1 gram carbohydrate per 4 olives)

Kirkland Signature Organic Salsa (2 grams net carbohydrate per 2 Tbsp)

Wholly Guacamole (1 gram net carbohydrate per 2 Tbsp)

Beverages (No carbohydrates)

Try to drink beverages that contain no carbohydrates. Water is your best bet, but if you want something with a little flavor, choose one of the following:

  • Kirkland Diet Green Tea
  • Zero-Calorie Vitamin Water
  • Sparkling Ice Flavored Spring Water

Learn how to choose the best olive oil here.

Visit to get a free “Costco Diabetes and Heart-Healthy Shopping Guide” eBook.

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Franziska Spritzler, RD CDE is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator who believes in a Low-Carbohydrate Lifestyle. She has several published articles on the benefits of low carb diets in relation to Diabetes and has a blog called ’Low Carb Dietitian’ at

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