If you are new to Keto, you are probably wondering where to start with this new WOE (way of eating)! This list of foods will give you a good idea of what are considered Keto-friendly.
In a nutshell, you want to stay away from sugar, carbs, processed foods, foods that are full of harmful preservatives, hormones and additives. Many have a misconception that this is a low carb, low fat and high protein diet and that's not the case! Keto is a low carb , moderate protein and high (healthy) fat diet.
The typical range is somewhere in the area of 5-8% carbs, 20-25% protein and 60-75% fat, these are percentage of calories. Balance is very important in staying in Ketosis, too many carbs will kick you out of Ketosis, too much protein will also kick you out.
Organic, grass-fed and unprocessed meats i.e. meats that do not contain nitrates/nitrates, MSG (Monosodium glutamate), hormones or antibiotics are ideal.
Dark Meat Chicken and Turkey
Pork, Ham, Bacon, Sausage
Bison, Lamb, Rabbit
Eggs (free-range if possible)
Crab, Shrimp, Mussels, Oysters, Lobster, Squid, Tuna, Trout, Sardines, Halibut and Cod
Monounsaturated Fats: Eat these! Some examples of these are extra virgin olive oil, avocado, and macadamia nut oils.
Polyunsaturated Fats: Naturally occurring polyunsaturated fats in animal protein and fatty fish are great for you, and you should eat these. These include beef tallow, duck fat, Processed polyunsaturated fats in “heart healthy” margarine spreads are bad for you.
Trans Fats: Completely avoid. These are processed fats that are chemically altered (hydrogenated) to improve shelf life. Avoid all hydrogenated fats, such as margarine, as they’re linked to heart disease.
Artichokes, Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Garlic, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Peppers, Pumpkin, Radishes, Sauerkraut, Spinach, Tomatoes and Zucchini
Note: Garlic, Tomatoes, Leeks and Onions should be eaten in small amounts
Asiago, Blue Cheese, Brie, Cheddar, Colby, Cottage Cheese, Cream Cheese, Creme Fraiche, Feta, Goat Cheese, Greek Yogurt, Heavy Whipping Cream, Mascarpone, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Romano and Swiss Cheese
Nuts and Seeds
Walnuts, Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Macadamia Nuts, Pecans and Hazelnuts
Strawberry, Blackberry, Blueberry and Raspberry
Lemon and Lime
Note: Berries should be eaten in small amounts
Want even more great Keto snack ideas? Check out this list of 46 Healthy Keto Snacks That Won't Kick You Out of Ketosis!
Other Keto Pantry Staples
Chicken or Bone Broth