Early this year, a friend introduced me to the ketogenic lifestyle and its wonderful health benefits. Then, I began my search for the ultimate keto shopping list. My giddiness to start a “new me” after indulging myself over the holidays was the primary reason I rushed to the grocery store early one morning. I brought a copy of the first keto shopping list started purchasing every item on it.
It is with a great shame to admit that most of the items I bought that day went to waste.
Over the course of my keto experience, I have just about tried every keto shopping list available online. In my hopes to avoid another shopping disaster, I started crossing off the food items from the keto shopping list that I really don’t plan on eating and added those that I like.
Deciding on what type of food would go into the shopping cart be a struggle for any “keto-er.” More often than not, I find myself staring emptily at grocery aisles, wondering whether a certain food item was keto-friendly. I kept asking myself how much carb a certain pack of cheese contains.
As I gained more knowledge about keto, I began preparing my personalized keto shopping list. I also gathered a decent collection of keto recipes, tweaking most of them to my liking. I find it more convenient to plan a week’s worth of meals and snacks before heading to the grocery store. Of course, it may differ from person to person. My friend prefers to do her keto shopping once a month, so it really depends on your schedule, availability, and budget.
Today, I’d be sharing my ultimate keto shopping list. I have listed the food items by category as it helps me reduce the chances that I’d be forgetting something during my weekly grocery trips. I have also included some of my favorite recipes that I guarantee could make your keto journey enjoyable. Feel free to add more keto-friendly food items or cross off those that you don’t like to create your keto shopping list.
I am a self-confessed meat lover, so I always put my meat choices on top of my keto shopping list. It is also the main reason I didn’t think twice about switching to a ketogenic lifestyle as it doesn’t make me feel guilty when I chomp down a huge slab of steak on paydays.
- Roast Beef
- Ground Beef
- Corned Beef
- Chicken (legs, wings, thigh, and ground)
- Pork Chops
- Sausages (no fillers such as gluten, soy, sugar, etc.)
Opt for grass-fed or organic meats and try to avoid processed meats because most contain additional ingredients with carbohydrates and sugar contents in them.
When it comes to veggies, the rule of thumb is if it grows above the ground, then you’re good to go. Have as much of these greens on your keto shopping list.
- Bell peppers
- Brussel sprouts
- Green beans
Removing most fruits from my keto shopping list is still a struggle for me as I tend to crave for a slice of apple or a banana after my meals. Thankfully, I found several recipes using berries as the main ingredient to satisfy my fruit cravings.
Don’t get me wrong; you can still eat any fruit you like so long as you watch your overall carbohydrate intake.
There are many kinds of fish and seafood to choose from and include in your keto shopping list
Fats and Oil
- Bacon fat
- Coconut cream
- Coconut milk
- Coconut oil
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Heavy cream
Dairy products are an excellent choice when you’re on a keto diet.
- Blue cheese
- Cream cheese
- Greek yoghurt
- Parmesan cheese
- Feta cheese
You can have eggs whenever you want. Stack up your pantry with it.
Nuts and Seeds
Not all nuts are low in carbs, but you can include these on your keto shopping list. They are enriched with nutrients and great tasting.
- Sunflower seeds
- Sesame seeds
- All kinds of teas (milk-free)
- Coffee (still no milk)
- Sparkling water
- Raw milk
- Coconut milk
Below are some meal ideas if you find yourself stuck on your keto diet plan. You can experiment and create your own as you go along.
Keto Cinnamon Coffee
I love this recipe, and I like to add a dash of peppermint on mine.
- 2 Tbsps of coffee
- One tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups water
- Heavy whip cream
- Brew coffee as usual together with the cinnamon.
- Using a mixer, whip the cream to medium consistency.
- Pour everything into a mug. Add whip cream on top and sprinkle a dust of cinnamon.
Who says you need buns to enjoy hamburger? This bare patty topped with tomato gravy and sautéed vegetable of your choice will satisfy your appetite.
For the hamburger:
- 1 -2 pounds ground beef
- An egg
- 3 ounces of feta cheese
- A teaspoon of salt
- Black pepper (ground)
- Parsley (chopped finely)
- 1 Tbsp of olive oil
- ⅙ oz of butter
For the gravy:
- 1 ¼ cups of heavy whip cream
- 1 – 2 oz. parsley (chopped coarsely)
- 2 Tbsps. of tomato paste
- Salt and pepper according to taste
For the sauteed vegetable:
I like to add mushrooms on mine, but this recipe also works well with shredded cabbage. Just sauté the cabbage using butter and add salt and pepper according to your taste.
- Combine all the ingredients to make the hamburger making about 7-8 patties.
- In a pan, add butter and olive oil and fry the patties on medium-high heat for 10 minutes until you achieve a nice color.
- Add whipping cream and tomato paste into the pan. Stir and let the mixture boil together.
- Garnish with chopped parsley.
Keto Shrimp Cocktail
This recipe is super easy to make and is a good appetizer.
- 2 Tbsps coconut oil
- 1 clove of garlic
- Half teaspoon of chili flakes
- 2 tbsps of parsley (chopped finely)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Half tbsp of tomato paste
- Half tbsp of lemon juice
- Hot sauce
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp onion powder
For the dip:
1 cup of mayonnaise
- Combine all the ingredients for the dip. Set aside.
- In a frying pan, add coconut oil. Smash garlic and add it to the oil.
- Add shrimp and fry for a few minutes on both sides until you get a nice pink color.
- Add chili flakes, salt, pepper, and parsley.
- Serve with the creamy sauce on the side and enjoy.
Whether you’re already on a keto diet or planning to start soon, deciding on which foods to include in your diet can be confusing. It is a good idea to prepare a keto shopping list before heading to your grocery store to make your keto dieting easier and stress-free.