Some people think the only places you can find no-fat, no-salt, no-sugar foods is at a Whole Foods, Trader Joes or other similar upscale store. I beg to differ. I regularly shop at Costco and, while it takes some work, you can find plenty of acceptable things to eat there, even on a restricted diet.
The photo here shows a recent cart full of items I bought at a local Costco. Salmon had been cheaper at Costco than at other retailers. Lately though, I’ve noticed Costco has raised its salmon price to $8.99 a pound, comparable to other retailers.
Costco produce is normally less expensive than more mainstream stores, if the produce isn’t on special at those stores. I regularly buy my bananas there. I also regularly buy the portobello mushroom caps you see in the photo. And I look for seasonal favorites such as the California figs you can see in my cart.
Baked goods are largely taboo on my restricted diet and I miss them almost more than life itself most days. Costco recently has carried the low-fat, Greek yogurt-based 100-calorie muffin tops you see in the cart. They’re not chocolate, and I find them a little dry, but at least they’re something more substantial than lettuce.
The point is shop around, you can find what you need in unexpected places, as I’ve written before.