Low Glycemic Index Foods Grocery List


The glycemic index is a hypothetical ranking system for carbohydrates that measures how long it takes our bodies to turn these carbohydrates into glucose. In this sense, foods ranked low on the glycemic index contain complex carbohydrates that take a long time to turn to glucose in the body.

Foods that are low glycemic are ideal for both weight loss and diabetes management because they slowly release glucose into the bloodstream. On the other hand, foods ranked high on the glycemic index contain simple carbohydrates that break down too quickly and thus quickly release glucose into the bloodstream causing drastic ups and downs in the body’s blood sugar levels.

Glycemic Index Breakdown

Low Glycemic FoodsGI = 55 or less
Medium Glycemic FoodsGI = 56-69
High Glycemic FoodsGI = 70+

Note: High protein foods, such as skinless chicken breast, which contain almost no carbohydrates, receive a ranking of zero on the glycemic index scale.

It is important to note that a food’s ranking score on the glycemic index is not the same as its calorie count. For example, it is possible for a high carbohydrate and high calorie food, such as oatmeal, to receive a low score of 58 on the glycemic index. What this means is that even though oatmeal is a high carbohydrate and high calorie food it is still an extremely healthy option because it is a great source of complex carbohydrates for fuel as well as fiber and various other nutrients. Therefore, in order to lose weight or manage your diabetes using the glycemic index you must also count calories and balance your diet by pairing low glycemic foods with high protein foods.

Low Glycemic Index Grocery Shopping List

If you’re interested in giving the glycemic index method of weight loss and diabetes management a try consider purchasing the following items the next time you head to the grocery store. This low GI grocery shopping list is designed to help you create a weekly low GI meal plan. Below, I have taken the liberty of providing you with a few low GI meal planning ideas as well. I hope that you find this shopping list practical and useful.

If there is a low GI food that you think I have left out please feel free to let me know via comments or email and I will add it to this list.

Low Glycemic Breakfast

Arnold Low Carb Multi-Grain BreadGI = 59
Arnold Bakery Light 100% Whole Wheat BreadGI = 59
La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber Whole Wheat Tortillas (Small)GI = 57
Oatmeal (Old-Fashioned Steel-Cut Oats)GI = 58
Fiber One Cereal (Original)GI = 56
Skim MilkGI = 32
Liquid Egg WhitesGI = 0
Fat Free Feta CheeseGI = 0
Sugar Free Raspberry or Strawberry JamGI = 25

Low Glycemic Snacks

HummusGI = 6
Whole Wheat Pita BreadGI = 58
Plain WalnutsGI = 15
Unsalted CashewsGI = 22
Sugar-Free YogurtGI = 36
Unsalted, Roasted PeanutsGI = 15

Low Glycemic Lunch

Ground Turkey BreastGI = 0
Extra Lean Ground BeefGI = 0
All White Fish such as Tilapia and CodGI = 0
Low Sodium Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Deli Meat (Not Glazed)GI = 0
YamsGI = 37
Asparagus, Zucchini, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Mushrooms, Spinach, Green Beans and Cherry TomatoesGI = 0
PeasGI = 48
Baby CarrotsGI = 41

Low Glycemic Dinner

Brown RiceGI = 50
Sweet PotatoesGI = 48
Green LentilsGI = 30
Baked PotatoGI = 60
Fat Free Sour Cream GI = 23

Low Glycemic Dessert

Sugar-Free Ice CreamGI = 62
CustardGI = 35
Peaches (Canned in Natural Juice)GI = 30
Poached Pears (No Sugar Added) GI = 41
Milk Chocolate SquareGI = 42

Low Glycemic Meal Ideas


Low GI Breakfast IdeasApproximate Calorie Count
1/2 cup oatmeal made with skim milk300 calories
1 cup Fiber One Cereal (original flavor) with 1 cup skim milk220 calories
1 cup cooked liquid egg whites wrapped in 2 low carb tortilla 320 calories
2 slices of toasted Arnold Multi Grain Bread with 1 serving of Feta cheese and sugar free raspberry or strawberry jam 200 calories
2 slices of toasted Arnold Bakery Light 100% Whole Wheat bread with 1 cup of cooked liquid egg whites280 calories

Lunch & Dinner

Low GI Lunch & Dinner IdeasApproximate Calorie Count
1 cup ground turkey breast wrapped in 2 La Tortilla Low Carb tortilla and garnished with fat free sour cream530 calories
1 cup ground beef wrapped in 2 La Tortilla Low Carb tortilla and garnished with fat free sour cream580 calories
2 Tilapia fillet served with 1 yam, steamed vegetables and 1/2 cup green peas420 calories
1 Cod fillet served with steamed vegetables, 1/2 cup green peas, and 1/2 cup brown rice450 calories
Oven roasted turkey breast sandwich, made with any of the listed three breads, with 1 cup of baby carrots300-400 calories
2 Cod fillet served with 1 baked potato, topped with fat free sour cream 650 calories
1 cup of lentil soup served with 2 pieces of bread400 calories
1 cup of oven baked sweet potato fries = 1 medium sweet potato (for substitution)120 calories


Paulin Soleyman
Paulin Soleyman is the founder and editor of The Underground Bootcamp. Her goal is to help everyday people live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives by sharing all that she knows about healthy living, nutrition, and fitness.
Paulin Soleyman


  1. says

    Does anyone have a grocery list of low Glycemic foods? I have searched everywhere and just like this page, it only lists brand names. I am looking for general foods like Orange, Banana, milk, eggs. ect..

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