The Very Best Keto Grocery List { Free Printable}


When just getting started following a keto diet, all of the different foods can seem overwhelming. I created this basic printable keto grocery list for beginners to take the guesswork out of grocery shopping. All the foods on this list are low in net carbs to help guide you as you buy groceries.

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The Very Best Keto Grocery List

I’ve had many people ask for a Keto Grocery List. At first, I was hesitant because I am a picky eater and tend to stick to the same foods over and over. I know that most people eat a larger variety of foods than I do. At the same time, when I was researching Keto Grocery Lists, so many seemed overwhelming and included many foods that even after almost a year of following a Keto Diet, I have never used.

With that in mind, I created a basic Keto Grocery List as a helpful resource. My goal is to make following a Keto Diet simple. It isn’t necessary to purchase every food item on this list. Consider it a helpful guide when you are at the grocery store. Instead of going out and buying all the foods on this list for the sake of stocking your pantry, I would suggest creating a keto meal plan first. Then, shop weekly for those foods that you need so that you build your keto pantry as needed.

How Do I Get Started on a Keto Diet?

Research is your best friend when beginning any kind of lifestyle change. This especially applies to the keto diet because if you are like most, this will be a completely different kind of eating. This Guide to Getting Started on Keto is a fantastic resource.

What Can I Not Eat on a Keto Diet?

The keto diet is high in fat, moderate protein, and low in carbs. You will avoid foods that are high in carbs, including some fruits and vegetables, most vegetable oils (like canola and corn oil) sugar, and grains, to name a few. Instead of going over all the foods to avoid, it is easier to print the keto grocery list pdf at the bottom of this post and stick to those keto foods for simplicity.

Keto Meal Planning & a Keto Grocery List

If you aren’t familiar with meal planning, check out my 5 Easy Steps to Meal Planning for simple steps to get started. I also post a Keto Meal Plan each Sunday afternoon for inspiration. Once you plan your meals for the week, it would be a good idea to compare the needed ingredients to what you already have in your pantry. Then, with this super easy printable keto grocery list in hand, eliminate any foods you already have in your pantry as well as items that you need for that week.

Do I Buy Every Item on a Keto Shopping List?

No, you won’t need every single item on a keto grocery list at any time. Instead, a list is simply a guideline to help you to make the best food choices while you are shopping for keto foods. You don’t need to stock every single kind of nut butter, oils, sweeteners, etc. Pick the ones that you like the most, and stock those as needed. Then, you can build your keto pantry over time.

Keto Shopping List

Keto Beginner Grocery List for Specialty Ingredients

Besides healthy fats like chicken thighs, olive oil, avocado oil, and high-quality bone broth, there are several specialty ingredients that you will find in many keto recipes such as keto-friendly sweeteners, flours, and chocolates. There are several different sweeteners on the list, but purchasing all of them isn’t necessary. I’ve listed some of my favorite Keto Grocery List items below that you’ll need for baking, low carb bread, and keto desserts.

My Favorite Specialty Keto Diet Grocery Items:


You can also use Swerve as it is interchangeable with Lakanto Monkfruit as long as you choose the same variety. For example, Lakanto Monkfruit Classic can be subbed with Swerve Granular, Lakanto Monkfruit Powdered can be subbed with Swerve Confectioners, and Lakanto Monkfruit Golden can be subbed with Swerve Brown.

Thickening AgentXanthan Gum is a thickening agent used in many soups and sauces on low carb diets. A little bit goes a long way in recipes.


I use coconut flour in all my recipes due to my oldest daughter’s almond allergy.

Sugar-Free Chocolate:

You can find a complete list of keto snack ideas and keto snacks on the go that will be helpful to stay on track. I enjoy nuts and seeds, fat bombs, and cheese if I need a quick snack.

Keto Grocery Shopping Guides 

To make shopping easier, when buying low carb foods, check out these excellent shopping guides:

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You can access all of my Keto/Low Carb Recipes in my Keto/Low Carb Recipe Index or follow me on Pinterest for fabulous Keto/Low Carb Recipe Ideas. Keto Grocery List PDF

Don’t Miss this FREE Keto Diet Shopping List For Beginners that you can print and take grocery shopping. Having a keto food list will take out the guesswork so that following a ketogenic diet is simple.

Keto Shopping List Printable for the Keto Diet


You can print this Keto Shopping List Printable. You’ll be surprised at all the variety you’ll see in keto-friendly foods.

You can save money on Keto Diet Food. Print this Keto Shopping List.

If you are looking for ways to save money on your keto diet food, check out these 10 easy tips for eating Keto on a budget.

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    1. Peanut butter or cream cheese also make great low carb fillers for celery. I’ve used celery to dip in mixed tuna too.

  1. Thank you for the basic list . Im starting keto next week and want to make sure i have foods that i can have and not fall off the ban wagon. This list is now on my fridge. Thank you again as i was so fearful 😧 that i didnt understand what foods would be safe .

  2. Hello! Great info! I literally hate to eat, and would eat the same thing every time (I usually only eat once a day) if I could. In this case, what would you recommend? I’d eat a pill once a day if I could get the proper nutrition. Lol

    1. I would suggest eating your favorite foods. I often only eat once a day as well so I usually end up just eating whatever my family prefers.

  3. My husband and I like to drink iced tea what kind of sugar can I use on keto to make a pitcher of tea without using regular sugar?

  4. For the folks that like fruity and flavored drinks, check out the Cirkul water bottle. Zero carbs, sugars, calories and dozens of flavor cartridges. Turn the flavor up or down as you prefer. Each cartridge lasts about a week. We got one for each family member and nobody complains about drinking water now. You can even use sparkling water if you miss the effervescence!!

    1. Yes, you can find many keto options that are vegetarian. I am not personally vegetarian, so I don’t have a lot of vegetarian recipes. I would try searching Pinterest.

  5. Vitamin water without sugar. Comes in lemon, berry favors. Filled with many vitamins & minerals.

  6. 5 stars
    Thank you so much! Keto has been a nagging thought but the idea of trying to start was so stressful. Not as stressful as weighing nearly 250 lbs though! Time to make some health changes and you make it feel doable!

  7. I’m 458.8 lbs can I lose a good amount of weight with this diet and keep it off I’m kind of picky I don’t care for fruits or veggies what advice can you give me

    1. This lifestyle change works for many people. The best advice I can give is research is your best friend. It’s so important that you become your own health advocate. For success, motivation can’t be our driver. It all comes down to discipline which means doing the same thing over and over whether you feel like it or not.

  8. Thank you for this helpful list. I’m starting keto, although slightly modified, this coming week. Do you recommend a particular eating habit for the day? Such as you mentioned on an earlier comment you only eat once a day. Is that more beneficial than eating small every 4 hrs or so?

    1. Sure! I’m glad it’s helpful. I did not intermittent fast in the beginning and wouldn’t suggest it. It takes some time to get to the point where it becomes an easy transition. What is most beneficial is what works for you and what you can stick with. I homeschool my kids and run several businesses at home. It’s just easier during the week to eat one meal a day. On the weekends I generally enjoy two meals. I’m not legalistic about it. I listen to my body, and if I were particularly hungry during the week, I would eat more than once a day.

  9. I’m on a special diet, everything his so tasteless now.
    I’ve always been curious about Keto; I’m going to give it a try.
    Thanks Kasey.

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