By Patty Catalano
Ever feel overwhelmed among Costco’s grocery aisles, dodging sample stations and avoiding the crush of carts in search of foods that fit the low-carb criteria? Bulk-buying is smart strategy to curtail midday hunger. So while the warehouse giant offers an increasingly wide variety of compliant snacks, here are the top five low-carb snack foods to big batch buy.
1. Mt. Olive Kosher Petite Dills
Dill pickles are often just an afterthought served alongside deli-style sandwiches or piles of pulled pork. Take a closer look, you’ll see that dill pickles are a superstar low-carb snack with their crunchy texture and a garlicky flavor. These pint-sized pickles have 1 gram net carbs (1 gram carbohydrates and 0 g fiber), so they fit squarely in a low-carbohydrate lifestyle. Dill pickles are not exclusive to Costco, but this is the place to add a jar to your cart. The brined cucumbers can last up for up to two years in the refrigerator, which is plenty of time to crunch your way through the collosal container. Be sure to pick the dill variety, because both bread and butter and (the oh-so-trendy) sweet-hot pickles are loaded with added sugar that will overload your daily carb count. Stash a few petite dills in a small container for perfectly portable snack.
2. Pawley’s Island Palmetto Cheese Spread
This Southern spread is the 0 carb snack you’ve been dreaming of. Palmetto Cheese Spread (aka pimento cheese) is a mixture of cheddar cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos, and spices. It’s creamy and cheesy with a subtle spark of heat. The pimento cheese spread delivers 0 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Pair it with celery sticks, carrot coins or, better yet, halved baby bell peppers, because you’ll want an indecently generous scoop for every bite. Costco serves the spread in a 24-ounce container to last through the midday munchies, though it makes a decadent topper for bunless burgers.
3. WestEnd Chicken Skewers
These grilled chicken skewers are a Costco cult favorite, and for good reason. Each skewer is packed with three to four pieces of seasoned and grilled chicken breast and is one of the tastiest foods stocked at the warehouse giant. Eat the skewers one-handed or slide them off to top a salad or eat alongside veggies. At two skewers per serving, the charred chicken has just 3 grams of carbohydrates, and with 24 grams of protein, you’ll be full until the dinner bell rings.
4. Spirella Minis and Mozzarella
Meat and cheese roll-ups are the easiest low-carb snack. This variety pack pairs mozzarella cheese with slices of prosciutto and sopressata. Mozzarella is mild and creamy and is the perfect counterpoint to salty aged charcuterie. The serving size of the meat and cheese is a generous 6 pieces, though packing just a few of the pre-wrapped and rolled snacks is satisfying enough. The Sopressata minis have 3 grams of net carbs (5 grams of total carbohydrates and 2 grams of fiber), while the prosciutto and mozzarella bites add 0 carbs to your daily count while packing 25 grams of protein.
5. Kirkland Signature Sparkling Water
Curtail carb cravings by identifying whether the urge to eat comes from true hunger or if it your body’s dehydration alarm. Costco’s house brand, Kirkland Signature, introduced the La Croix lookalike last year. At a fraction of the cost per can and with a fresher fruit flavor, this generic sparkling water is even better than the original. The seltzer comes in a 32-can variety pack of a dozen lemon and lime and eight grapefruit. No matter the fruit flavor, the cans contain 0 calories and 0 grams of carbohydrates.