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List of Low Calorie products at Costco

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Herne Apr 20, 2013 09:49 AM

I'd like to get a list of products at Costco that could be described as low calorie that might be useful to those of us of a certain age and an interest in diminishing our girth.

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    trane Apr 20, 2013 03:31 PM

    Where to begin with this thread...

    Let's just say that if you're counting calories, all products at Costco can be considered low calorie as long as you only eat a portion sized to deliver your goal calorie amount.

    And avoid the baked goods section. And maybe the raw baking ingredient section too.

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      SourberryLily Apr 22, 2013 10:13 AM

      Like trane said, "low calories" doesn't necessarily mean healthy. I'll substitute your "low calories" for "Healthy, weight loss friendly" items.

      -Quinoa , which replaces rice in almost all my meals.
      -Prewashed salads and greens are great
      -All those pre-cut fruits make it easy for you to substitute your deserts
      -Frozen fish filets (Olivia brand here in Canada) are high in sodium but still low in calories and fat.
      -Small yogurt (greek for example) cups are a good snack choice in lunches
      -Chicken breasts. Obviously. Seperate them and freeze them.
      -Some Real-Fruit frozen popsickles are good. Look at what's in them.
      -Packs of Crystal Light water flavouring if you have trouble drinking your daily water amount.
      -Nuts of any kind. Less sugar the better. Try not to have the cashews, they are fatty.

      As you noticed, there are very little "prepared" foods which will help you lose weight. Portion control and making your own food will let you control what goes in it.

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      brilynn79 Apr 20, 2013 06:37 PM

      I have been working on weight control and a couple of items that have been helpful:

      Single packets of Sabra Hummus, pretzels, baby carrots, and apple slices, grapefruit sections. Love the mini sweet peppers as well.

      I love the Amylu Gouda and red pepper burgers- they come 2 to a pack, easy to microwave and a great protein source. And the Dietz and Watson Turkey cold cuts have a thickness that makes for easy roll-ups. I don't even miss the bread.

      These have been my work staples the past few weeks: convenient and keeping me out of the cafeteria.

      I'm hoping for other suggestions in this thread to add to my rotation.

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        debbypo Apr 20, 2013 07:22 PM

        I really like the Veggie Patch spinach chickpea patties. I do them in the toaster oven and dip chunks in sriracha. Sometimes in the summer I use a beefsteak type tomato as the 'bread' for a sandwich and eat with a fork and knife.
        I also go through a lot of nori... the small packets of dried seaweed. Salt and crunch minus fat... very low cal.
        I used to get Cabot lowfat snack pieces (3/4 oz) but they have vanished in Chicago alas.
        I also buy big bags of roasted almonds and portion into snack bags.

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          IndyGirl Apr 21, 2013 08:00 AM

          Oh, I've never seen the chickpea patties. Will need to keep an eye out. I rarely spend much time in the frozen section but these sound great. Thanks!

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            Cathy Apr 21, 2013 08:28 AM

            The spinach chickpea patties are in the refrigerated section, in front of the rotisserie chickens/open case meats.

            I sometimes eat them as a side dish at breakfast or dinner, as well as a snack item.

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            truman Apr 22, 2013 10:21 AM

            Yes, the spinach-chickpea patties are great. If you are not going low-carb, they are the perfect size to sandwich in a mini-pita! (and it's a great way to sneak in veggies...)

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              Herne Apr 22, 2013 10:32 AM

              Hi truman: I think it is more accurate to say portion control and
              minimal carb. The patties will satisfy my wife's constant "where's the veggies?" refrain.

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            treb Apr 21, 2013 06:49 AM

            I could list item like organic whipping cream, yes whipping cream!, Greek yogurt but, it makes no difference. It's all about what you put in vs what you burn off. Costco has great deal on tread mills.

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              Herne Apr 21, 2013 07:21 AM

              I originally posted this on the Ontario board but was moved to this location. Thanks for all the serious replies and the rest are a reason why I wanted on the Ontario board.

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                Mellicita Apr 21, 2013 08:27 PM

                Sorry, I didnt mean for our humor to upset you :-(

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                  Herne Apr 22, 2013 08:40 AM

                  No worries Mellicata. I was po'd with Chowhound for moving it from the Ontario board to this one that has a lot of helpful people suggesting products that Costco doesn't sell in Canada and that have might have come through. That is what has happened. So asking for suggestions and then putting the request in front of people who live elsewhere makes no sense.

                  But as Treb has noticed that is what happened.

                  I was at Costco this am and did buy a package of Spinach and chick pea patties which they sell on both sides of the border and I'll have one for lunch in about 30 minutes.

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                    Herne Apr 22, 2013 10:00 AM

                    Loved the Spinach and Chick Pea patties. Had 2 for about 240 calories which isn't bed.

                    No 505 products in Canada I don't think but I like the idea and I'll buy a can of green chilies tomorrow and try them with the Patties.

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                  treb Apr 22, 2013 07:52 AM

                  Costco is a chain store and your topic indicates that it has nothing to do with your location so thus, Chains board!

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                    SourberryLily Apr 22, 2013 10:15 AM

                    Um btw, the stock at Costco differs dramatically according to the region.

                3. juliejulez Apr 21, 2013 09:21 AM

                  I like the Bella Sun Luci Sun-Dried Tomatoes. They come in a resealable bag and are not packed in oil. A half ounce is only 45 calories. The ones packed in oil are higher in calorie.

                  I also like the chicken and mozzarella raviolis, I don't recall the brand but they always seem to have them, both in my old store in central CA, and where I shop now in CO. 5-6 of them are 230 calories and cook in 3 minutes.

                  I also like the Pacific Gold Beef Jerky. They sell it in 1.25oz packages and each package is 90 calories, but is very filling for a snacks. Sodium's a bit high as usual w/ jerky though.

                  Also there's the wide variety of produce but I'm assuming you already know about that :)

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                    FoodDee Apr 21, 2013 11:32 AM

                    These might help:

                    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/455994-costco-food

                    http://happydieter.com/2011/03/15/shop-healthy-at-costco/

                    http://www.everydayhealth.com/forums/...

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                      AuntieSocial1 Apr 22, 2013 09:43 AM

                      My favorite low cal/high flavor Costco item is 505 Green Chiles. They are amazing with anything and everything and a great way to add a huge amount of flavor for about 5 calories.

                      Not certain if all Costcos carry the product, but they are in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.

                      http://www.505chile.com/

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