Costco 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?”
Protein FoodsProtein 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)
|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)|
| Nut Butters:
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.|
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 cdiabetes.com/guide to get a free “Costco Diabetes and Heart-Healthy Shopping Guide” eBook.