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I love Costco, the national wholesale shopping where members are capable to buy items in bulk at significantly reduced costs. This type of store can be overwhelming (most span 140,000 square feet, the size of several football fields added together), and many shoppers focus on the essentials.
But you might be surprised at some of the healthy offerings available at Costco, at their usual discounted rates. Too many healthy foods come at a premium cost! Shopping at a wholesale club can lower costs considerably.
Here are some of the stand-out diabetes-friendly snacks I buy at Costco:
Nature Garden Keto’s Snack – This delicious trail mix of macadamias, pecans, pepitas, almonds, and little crunchy cheese poofs is a grand go-to for the keto enthusiast. 1 ounce will only price you 170 calories, which is less than a lot of other nut offerings, and the mix only contains 2 grams net carbs per serving. Macadamias and pecans are two of the most expensive nuts around, but you can purchase two generous 24 oz bags for .99. I balked at the price until then remembered the prices of nuts in my local grocery store!
Salted Caramel Fairlife – This new bequest by Fairlife is a vast way to easily get in 30 grams of protein. This is a great one for little kids who are picky eaters, and for those who are celiac too, as it is gluten-free. And for a milk product it contains only a minimal amount of carbs, 3 grams to be exact. You can purchase a pack of 18 for .99. (I do not discriminate, their chocolate flavor is delicious as well.)
Harvest Snaps Green Pea Snack Crisps are vegan, gluten-free, and contain 12g net carbs and 5g of protein per serving. When you have diabetes, potato chips are just not a great idea. Here’s a fine replacement. For .99 you can get a big bag that will satisfy your craving for crispy salty snacks.
Highkey Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies – These delicious bite-size chocolate chip cookies contain only 1g net carbs per serving, which will allow you to go hog wild without worrying about your blood sugar in the slightest. As a bonus, the cookies are grain-free (they’re made from almond flour), but you won’t’ notice much of a difference from the real thing. For .99 you can get two 12 ounce bags – it seems pricey but you’re paying for the blood sugar-friendly ingredients, and it’s less than most similar products that you find online!
No Sugar Keto Cups – These are a very tasty alternative to the real deal – Reese’s peanut butter cups! – and only contain 1 gram of net carbs per cup. They also have plenty of healthy fat from coconut oil. .99 will buy you 30 of these delicious treats.
Jack Links Beef Steaks – Beef jerky should be the ideal low-carb snack, but most types have far too much sugar in them. These beef sticks are an exception – each 1 oz. stick contains 2 grams of carbs (and an impressive 11 grams of protein). This is such a great snack to grab when you’re running out the front door. It’s also a great option for a children, a meaty snack that is sure to keep them stable. You will get 12 two-ounce sticks for .29
West End Cuisine Grilled Chicken Skewers– obey me to the meats section! If you’re a Costco shopper, you already know that the store is one of the best sources of raw meat around. Where else can you find a USDA Prime rib roast or an entire side of salmon for discount prices? Costco also has a nice selection of pre-cooked meals, including these incredibly versatile Mediterranean-style grilled chicken skewers. Throw them over a salad or serve over grilled vegetables for a yummy and very fast dinner option. Chicken breast is exactly the lean protein that nutrition experts are constantly telling us to eat more of, and with 24 grams of protein and just 3 carbs per serving, it’s easy for diabetes management. You get 14 skewers, about 2 ounces each, for .49. Sounds like a steal to me!
Parm Crisps Snack Mix – If you are sick of the same old trail mix ingredients, this 3g net carb alternative adds parm crisps to the mix for a new spin on an old favorite. It is gluten-free, and the ranch seasoning is so tasty that it keeps you going back for more.
Kirkland Signature Almond Flour – Okay, raw almond flour is not a snack, but I felt like I had to include this on the list. If you’ve tried your hand at keto baking, you know that low-carb alternatives can be crazy expensive. This 3-lb bag of almond flour is .99, an incredible price compared to my local grocery store. If you see it, be sure to grab one! Many people living with diabetes (or caring for someone with diabetes) use almond flour to create low-carb meals and desserts. My favorite recipe is Carolyn Ketchum’s almond flour waffles, and even my daughter thinks they tastes like real waffles.
The low-carb trend has definitely hit Costco, and it’s great news for those of us in the diabetes community. The food items above are all low-carb, and most of them are keto-friendly as well, all great options if you prioritize keeping your blood sugars in range as I do. It is so nice to have food options that we can enjoy without worrying about diabetes!