ketogenic grocery list

So, you’re going keto! Congrats! When done right, a ketogenic diet can be one of the most rewarding ways to lose weight, naturally keeping you feeling more satisfied, reducing cravings and even boosting energy levels. However, sticking to a diet unlike any you’ve tried before can be quite a challenge.

The general rule of thumb when following a ketogenic diet is to intake roughly 75% of your daily calories from fats, 20% from proteins and 5% from carbohydrates. This precise balance must be maintained in order to keep your body in a state of ketosis and turn it into a fat-burning machine.

This breakdown may make it seem like you’ll be eating butter, burgers and bacon for every meal, but that’s why we’ve developed this handy ketogenic grocery list. Take it with you to the store and it should help keep you on track.

Healthy Fats:

Fats make up the majority of the foods you’re allowed to eat on a ketogenic diet, but the quality and type of fat matters. Try to avoid hydrogenated fats, such as margarine, to minimize trans-fat intake. Remember, organic and grass-fed sources are always best.

  • Avocado
  • Cocoa butter
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut butter
  • Red palm oil
  • Peanut butter
  • Macadamia nut butter

Protein:

When keto dieting, just like with fat, it’s best to choose protein sources that are organic or grass-fed. You can rely on many seafood and red meat options since they have a bit higher fat content, and free-range eggs are allowed, too. No more throwing away the yolks!

  • Cod
  • Flounder
  • Mackerel
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Snapper
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Clams
  • Oysters
  • Lobster
  • Scallops
  • Crab
  • Mussels
  • Beef
  • Bison
  • Chicken
  • Deer
  • Duck
  • Quail
  • Pork
  • Goat
  • Lamb
  • Turkey
  • Veal
  • Wild boar
  • Wild turkey

Fresh Fruits & Vegetables:

leafy greens

Most fruits are off limits when you’re on a ketogenic diet because of the insulin spikes they can cause. For vegetables, go for organic, leafy greens and avoid the root veggies to keep carb intake low.

  • Blackberry
  • Cranberry
  • Strawberry
  • Raspberry
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Arugula
  • Kale
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Artichoke
  • Pumpkin
  • Jicama
  • Asparagus
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Eggplant
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Chicory greens
  • Chard
  • Radicchio
  • Okra
  • Turnip greens
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Shallots
  • Leeks
  • Zucchini

Dairy:

Use raw and organic milk products when possible and try to always choose full-fat versus low-fat or fat-free.

  • Hard and soft cheeses like cheddar, mozzarella and cream cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Cottage cheese

Nuts & Seeds:

nuts and seeds

These popular snacks are best when they’re roasted to remove any anti-nutrients. Avoid peanuts since they’re a legume and not allowed on a keto diet.

  • Macadamia nuts
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews
  • Chestnuts
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios
  • Sesame seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almond flour
  • Milled flax seed

Spices:

Spices have carbs in them, which is why you have to watch how much you use when you’re keto dieting. Most pre-made spice mixes and rubs have sugar added, so make sure you read the labels. Also, note that sea salt is preferred to table salt.

  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Basil
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cilantro
  • Chili powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Turmeric

For a delicious way to add healthy fats to your favorite beverage, include our sugar-free KETO BOMB™ on your ketogenic shopping list, too.