By Ashley Martens
The Keto Diet, also known as the Ketogenic Diet, is a dietary approach that involves a dramatic reduction in the consumption of carbohydrates, while simultaneously increasing the consumption of high-quality dietary fats. Translation: Keto means eating more quality fats and fewer carbohydrates.
However, this does not mean you cannot enjoy fresh foods like fruits and vegetables. Although high-quality fats are essential to the Keto diet, you simply have to select carbohydrates accordingly. Not sure what types of foods are Keto-friendly? Here is the ultimate shopping list for all of your Keto-friendly needs.
Disclaimer: Keto-friendly foods are not limited to these foods alone, these foods are some of the best options for those practicing a Keto Diet. If you are interested in trying the Keto Diet, please first consult a primary care physician or a registered dietitian.
Beans and Legumes
Peanuts and peanut butter are commonly thought of as nuts, but they are actually identified as legumes, and luckily for us, they are the perfect on-the-go Keto snack.
- Peanut butter
Our food is what it eats, so when selecting cuts of meat, like beef, look for brands that are free of antibiotics, GMO-feed, and growth hormones.
- Ground beef
- Short ribs
- Top round
- Top sirloin
Shop all selections of beef.
Broths and Sauces
Different diets and lifestyles, including the Keto Diet, do not have to be bland and boring. Spice up homemade recipes with broths and sauces for a touch of added flavor.
- Bone broth
- Fish sauce
- Hot sauce like tabasco sauce
- Tomato sauce
Just like meat, dairy products should be purchased from brands that use high-quality ingredients. Review all ingredients and labels before purchasing any dairy products.
- Cheese, including hard cheese and soft cheeses
- Sour cream
- Yogurt (plain, made from whole milk)
Fruit is usually high in carbohydrates, which should be avoided on the Keto diet, but there are some lower-carb fruit options out there. Some of our favorites include:
Animal proteins like beef, chicken, and fish are delicious, but try something new with some game options like bison, lamb, and venison.
Gluten-Free Grains and Flours
Like fruits, grains are usually avoided on the Keto diet, but grain-free options like almond flour and coconut flour are both acceptable on the Keto diet.
Consuming high-quality fat is a main focus of the Keto diet, so do not hesitate to purchase poultry that is considered “fattier” cuts. Think of swapping chicken breasts out for chicken thighs or enjoy poultry with the skin included.
- Chicken breasts (with or without skin)
- Chicken thighs (with or without skin)
- Chicken apple sausage
- Chicken liver
- Ground chicken
- Ground turkey
- Turkey bacon
- Turkey breast (with or without skin)
- Turkey leg
- Turkey sausage
Shop all selections of poultry.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a super simple way to include more high-quality fats on the Keto diet, especially when you are always busy and on the go.
- Brazil nuts
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
- Macadamia nuts
- Pine nuts
- Sesame seeds
- Sunflower seeds
Shop all selections of nuts and seeds.
Nut and Seed Butters
Prefer a spread instead of a handful of nuts and seeds? Try nut butter or seed butter instead.
- Almond Butter
- Coconut butter
- Coconut cream
- Coconut (unsweetened)
- Sunflower butter
Similar to meat selections, high-quality oils should always be used on the Keto diet (or any diet and lifestyle for that matter). Avoid refined vegetable oils like canola oil, corn oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, and soybean oil.
- Avocado oil
- Coconut Oil
- Grass-fed butter
- Macadamia nut oil
- MCT oil
- Olive oil
- Tallow and suet
Just like with beef and poultry, high-quality pork should be purchased when shopping for the Keto diet.
- Ground pork
- Pork chop
- Pork shoulder
- Pork tenderloin
Shop all selections of heritage pork.
Feeling fishy? Try a different animal protein and shop for wild-caught seafood.
Shop all selections of wild-caught seafood.
Snacks are great and can help carry you over from one meal to the next, so enjoy a high-quality fat snack in between meals to help keep you in a state of Ketosis.
- Beef jerky
- Cacao nibs
- Collagen peptides
- Dark chocolate (at least 85%)
- Maple syrup
- Meat bar
- Pork rinds
Just like with fruits, most vegetables are higher in carbohydrates, but lower carb options do exist, so shop accordingly.
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Beet greens
- Napa cabbage
- Dandelion greens
- Green beans
Making a grocery shopping list each week can be a total hassle, so save yourself some stress and time by simply referring to this shopping list. It is the ultimate guide to all of your Keto shopping needs. You can also check out these popular Keto-friendly products.