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Grocery Store Samples?

happytree923happytree923 Member Posts: 464 Member Member Posts: 464 Member
How do you log grocery store samples? I'm not talking about one or two bites, I mean a trip to a store like Costco where there are samples on the end of every aisle. A lot of the time I'll go and call the samples a 200 calorie snack, curious how other people deal with this!
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  • kami3006kami3006 Member, Greeter Posts: 4,976 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 4,976 Member
    I would ask the people offering the samples if they have any nutritional info. If not, then I would note what I ate and try to find something in the database that is similar.
  • glassyoglassyo Member Posts: 5,688 Member Member Posts: 5,688 Member
    I don't know about Costco but Trader Joe's always has the packaging available. I normally just log it as 50 calories per sample and call it a day.
  • happytree923happytree923 Member Posts: 464 Member Member Posts: 464 Member
    glassyo wrote: »
    I don't know about Costco but Trader Joe's always has the packaging available. I normally just log it as 50 calories per sample and call it a day.

    That sounds reasonable. Thanks!
  • LounmounLounmoun Member Posts: 8,428 Member Member Posts: 8,428 Member
    It is a sample of a product they are selling right? Ask for the nutritional info or find the package.
    If the total amount you eat is equal to a large snack or small lunch I'd think 300-400 calories might be a better guess than 200.

    I don't shop where they give out samples like that. I would probably sample 1 item and pass on the rest.
  • Dee_D33Dee_D33 Member Posts: 106 Member Member Posts: 106 Member
    Costco and Sams club have signs saying what the product is. Find it if they don’t have the packaging sitting out and log it as accurately as you can. For example, my sams club had yogurt samples the other day. I didn’t bother logging it but if I wanted to I wouldn’t probably scanned the package and logged it as .25 serving or something.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 21,567 Member Member, Premium Posts: 21,567 Member
    I just guess, which is pretty easy to do accurately enough (not perfectly accurately) after some logging experience: I know what an ounce of chips, crackers, cheese, etc., looks like, and the calorie variation in a category isn't that much.

    If I'm not sure, I'll guess toward the high side. I'm a believer in accurate logging, but also a believer in not jacking my life around in unpleasurable ways for the sake of avoiding occasional calorie inaccuracies. To me, sampling is fun.(I am more likely now to skip less interesting items as not worth even the few calories.)

    In my case, sampling is only once every week or two, besides. I'm not at Costco daily. If I'm off by 100 calories, even - which is unlikely - that's lost in the nose of other minor eating/activity calories in a week. YMMV.
  • SuzySunshine99SuzySunshine99 Member Posts: 2,448 Member Member Posts: 2,448 Member
    As a side note....please don't be one of those people who blocks the entire Costco aisle while eating your sample. MOVE your CART and YOURSELF out of my way while having your snack. Some of us are actually trying to get our shopping done.

    Sorry, OP, that is not necessarily directed at you...just a generic rant based on my trip to Costco this morning.
  • melissa6771melissa6771 Member Posts: 894 Member Member Posts: 894 Member
    I just log what I eat there when I do eat samples. It's pretty easy actually because you know exactly what it is. Sometimes I ask them how many pieces they cut something into if it's that kind of food. One cookie thin is easy, etc. I have found everything from there in the database. It usually adds up to about 150, not always worth it but sometimes.
  • TavistockToadTavistockToad Member Posts: 35,747 Member Member Posts: 35,747 Member
    Depends what it's a sample of, but I'd go for 50 cals a bite to be on the safe side.
  • happytree923happytree923 Member Posts: 464 Member Member Posts: 464 Member
    As a side note....please don't be one of those people who blocks the entire Costco aisle while eating your sample. MOVE your CART and YOURSELF out of my way while having your snack. Some of us are actually trying to get our shopping done.

    Sorry, OP, that is not necessarily directed at you...just a generic rant based on my trip to Costco this morning.

    People who do this should have their membership revoked. And the people who hover around the sample cart like a pack of vultures waiting for the employee to finish heating up the food.
  • rj0150684rj0150684 Member Posts: 227 Member Member Posts: 227 Member
    fr33sia12 wrote: »
    fr33sia12 wrote: »
    You don't have to eat the samples!

    I had absolutely no idea I could not eat the samples, thank you so much! But let's just say, for the sake of this question, that I am choosing to eat them.

    You asked how people deal with it. I deal with it by making the choice of not eating the samples, but if you simply have to eat them, then you have to choose to estimate the calories and live with it.

    To be fair, the question was “how do you log grocery store samples”

    I think eating them is implied in the question.
  • VUA21VUA21 Member Posts: 2,073 Member Member Posts: 2,073 Member
    Scan in the package, then figure how much of the serving you had. You can ask the associate how many samples they get from the package. Even if it's a rough estimate, it's better than not logging. (Most of the time you are getting 1/8 a serving, used to work at a store that gave out samples, we were instructed to cut each item so that we would get 8 pieces per recommended serving, don't know if this applies to all stores though)
  • apullumapullum Member Posts: 4,896 Member Member Posts: 4,896 Member
    I call it 50-75 calories per sample. This is one time where being vegetarian (or having various other dietary preferences or needs) comes in handy. I usually can't eat whatever they're sampling! But if they're offering something sweet...yeah, I'll have that.
  • hesn92hesn92 Member Posts: 5,882 Member Member Posts: 5,882 Member
    I don’t usually eat the samples but I’d just make my best guess. Maybe 50 calories per sample.
  • ladyhusker39ladyhusker39 Member Posts: 1,408 Member Member Posts: 1,408 Member
    I do it all the time at Sam's Club because it helps me decide if I want to purchase an item that's usually in a very large package.

    I'll only sample the ones I'm not already familiar with and only the ones I might consider buying. I have a 200 calorie "Misc Grazing" food I created just for this purpose.
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