If you’re new to the Keto Diet – shopping for keto-friendly foods can be a little daunting. This keto diet foods shopping list will help you head out the door with confidence! It is a practical list to make starting the ketogenic diet simple.
Keto Diet Foods Shopping List
Shopping for Ketogenic foods can be confusing (to say the least). Especially if you’re used to supplementing your meat and produce items with boxed sides, canned goods, and frozen convenience foods. There’s a shopping shift that has to happen initially to enjoy the incredible health benefits and to lose weight on a ketogenic diet. Since a keto diet is low carb/high fat, you’ll likely have to retrain your brain from preconceived ideas about healthy fats.
Because the Keto Diet incorporates high-fat foods and very few carbs – you’ll find the BEST food choices by shopping the perimeter of your grocery store (produce, meat, dairy). Avoid sugary treats, starchy foods, and grains of any kind. Here’s a handy shopping list of fantastic foods to eat on the Keto diet!
Keto Diet Foods List
- Ground Chuck (an 80/20 ground beef is best)
- Steak (look for nice marbling – New York Strip and Ribeye are good)
- Pork Chops, Pork Belly, Pork Roast, Bacon
- Chicken Thighs, Chicken Wings, Chicken Breast (Thighs are best for fat content)
- Salmon or other fatty fish
- Hot Dogs, Sausage, etc. (in moderation if it fits into how you follow keto)
NOTE: Grass-fed beef is better in the long run if you’re sticking to a clean grain-free Keto diet plan
Healthy Fats for cooking:
- Coconut Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Olive Oil
- Grass-fed Butter, Butter, or Ghee
- Lettuce and Greens (Spinach, Kale, etc..)
- Brussel Sprouts
- Fresh Green Beans
- Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, and Blueberries
- Heavy Whipping Cream
- Butter or Ghee
- Sliced or Block Cheeses- it’s best to grate yourself (not American or processed cheese)
- String Cheese
- Sour Cream
- Cream Cheese
- Greek Yogurt – low carb variety
- Sliced Meats (beware of added sugars in honey ham, etc.)
- Deli-Sliced pepperoni, salami, chorizo, prosciutto, etc.
- Sliced Cheeses
- Some Convenience Foods: Prepared Guacamole, Hard Boiled Eggs, Etc.
Nuts & Seeds:
- Nuts: Pecans, Almonds, Macadamia Nuts, Walnuts, Hazelnuts are best
- Seeds: Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower Seeds
- Nut Butters: Almond is better, unsweetened or Peanut Butter (with no added ingredients)
- Canned & Frozen Veggies: Green Beans, Okra, Artichoke Hearts
- Pickles and Olives
- Beef Jerky (Look for kinds with no sugar – they’ll sneak it in!)
- Canned or Pouches of Tuna. Salmon, Crab Meat
- Tomato Sauce (Be careful of added sugars. Look for Rao’s, Mezetta’s, or ALDI’s marinara sauce for the lowest carb count and no added sugars)
- Sugar-Free Ketchup
- Unsweetened Mustard
- Sugar-free salad dressing
- Buffalo Sauce
- Hot Sauce
- Natural Sweeteners: Erythritol, Lakanto Monkfruit, Stevia, Swerve, Pyure
- Lily’s Chocolate Chips (and bars)
- Almond Flour & Coconut Flour
- Oils: Avocado, Coconut, Olive
- Broth or Bouillion
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Xanthum Gum (thickener)
What Is a Keto Diet?
A Keto Diet is a way of eating in which only about 5% of your daily calories come from carbs, a moderate amount come from protein, and the majority come from fats. After your body becomes adapted to burning fat for fuel – it will begin burning existing body fat as well! Learn lots more here in my Guide to Getting Started with Keto.
What Does a Keto Grocery List Look Like?
A Keto grocery list should be made up mainly of whole foods – and supplemented with some specialty items for convenience and cravings. For instance, processed meats are easy to reach for when you’re in a hurry (i.e., pepperoni, deli meat) but you want to have them in moderation because they contain lots of salt and sometimes other not-so-great stuff. Ideally, you’ll find yourself eating high-fat proteins and replacing starchy/sugary carbs with healthy carbs derived from vegetables. Following the Keto Diet Foods list above will help you to start thinking differently at the grocery store. You’ll quickly find yourself stocking up on lots of fresh whole foods, healthy fats, and meats.
Where to Buy Keto Diet Foods
While all groceries will carry meats, produce and dairy – you’ll have to look a little harder for some specialty items. For instance, tiny supermarkets probably won’t offer the Sugar-Free Heinz Ketchup. You’ll have to hit Walmart or ALDI for the low-carb pasta sauces listed above. (Check out my Walmart Keto Shopping List) And you won’t find Lily’s Chocolate at most stores. Whole Foods Market is a good place to look for harder-to-find items like that.
You’ll have the best luck shipping for specialty Keto items on Amazon and Thrive Market. Check out my Amazon Keto Shopping List here for quick links to all of my favorite products! If you are looking to eat keto budget, I’ve compiled a fantastic list of tips that are helpful. Keeping the Keto Diet Foods list in this post handy is a great start to staying on track.
Keto Diet List Foods Printable
If you’re looking for a Keto diet list foods printable – you can download my basic keto shopping list here! It has a few more options than what I listed on this post – and you’ll be able to tuck it in your purse and go 🙂
Keto Recipes & Keto Meal Plans
If you could use a little extra help getting started with the Keto Diet – I’d love for you to check out my weekly Keto Meal Plans! In them, you’ll find fresh ideas for easy, peasy Keto meals that will help you stay on track. We all get in a rut sometimes, but my goal is to provide you with enough variety to keep Keto delicious!
If you aren’t sure how to meal prep, these 5 easy keto and low carb meal prep ideas is a fantastic resource with easy practical tips that don’t require a lot of time.
Additional Keto Shopping List Guides By Store:
- Costco Keto Shopping List
- Sam’s Club Keto Shopping List
- ALDI Keto Shopping List
- Target Keto Shopping List
- Whole Foods Keto Shopping List