15 Foods to Add to Your Keto Shopping List

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No need to be intimidated by your bourgeoning keto journey! Simply check here for a simple, yet comprehensive grocery list that covers all of your new dietary needs. We've got tips on how to shop for meat, a quick guide through fermented veggies, approved sauces and condiments, and fruits and sweeteners to be either embraced or avoided. Just check out these 15 foods to add to your keto shopping list.

Red Meat

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Buy grass-fed, organic cuts straight from your local farmer or butcher whenever possible—this way you'll get the highest quality and you'll know exactly where your meat comes from, too. Here's the rundown:

Beef - steak, prime rib, veal, roast beef, ground beef, baby back ribs, and corned beef

Organ meats - liver, heart, tongue, kidney

Certain deli meats - pepperoni, prosciutto, salami, and cold cuts only

Pork - tenderloin, pork loin, pork chops, ham, bacon, ground pork, pork rinds

Others - bison, lamb, or goat


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Choose from salmon, trout, halibut, mahi-mahi, cod, bass, tilapia, catfish, orange roughy, tuna, anchovies, sardines, haddock, mackerel, clams, oysters*, mussels, lobster, scallops, shrimp, and crab (not imitation, go for the real-real).

*Canned is OK; look for BPA-free and choose canned seafood in olive oil (not water) for added healthy fats.


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Choose from chicken (leg, thigh, wings, breasts, whole or ground), chicken broth, quail, duck, turkey (leg, breast, whole or ground), wild game, Cornish game hen (pictured above), turkey bacon, and turkey sausage. Also, eggs, but more on that later.

For more info about specific proportions, go here.

Vegetables (Fresh or Frozen)

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As with most healthful diets, leafy greens are a vegetable staple, such as kale, spinach, bok choy, Swiss chard, Romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce and radicchio. Other approved veggies include green beans, asparagus, okra, Brussels sprouts, bean sprouts, broccoli, garlic, onions, bell peppers, celery, kohlrabi, cucumber, leeks, white mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, black olives, green olives, zucchini, spaghetti squash, snow peas, cauliflower, artichokes, and cabbage.

Fermented Vegetables

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You know what they say: Gut health is wealth. That's why you'll need to pick up some kimchi, sauerkraut (with no added sugars), natto, pickles, and sugar-free salsa on your next grocery run.


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Unfortunately, almost all fruit is off-limits on keto simply due to the high-sugar, high-carb content. Pretty much only avocados, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, cherries, and mulberries are considered beneficial in limited quantities. Avoid fruits such as oranges, mangos, bananas, apples, pears, watermelon. No dried fruit or fruit juice either.


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When it comes to eggs, they are a staple in a keto diet. Stick to organic free-range large eggs, about a dozen per week (or more).

Dairy Items

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Buy the highest-quality dairy you can find. Go for full-fat, organic, grass-fed products whenever possible, just like meat and seafood. But dairy products, while they do contain healthy fats, should be cut back significantly to one or two items per shopping trip.

Choose your dairy products (wisely) between these keto-approved options: Full-fat Greek yogurt, kefir, heavy creams (preferably raw), sour cream, mayonnaise, ghee, butter (grass-fed); Swiss, parmesan, feta, cheddar, Monterrey jack, mozzarella, Colby, goat cheese, Brie, blue cheese, cream cheese, cottage cheese, string cheese (yaas), and ricotta cheese.

Healthy Cooking Fat

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Grab some coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, MCT oil. Other acceptable fats include cocoa butter, coconut butter, bacon fat, and duck fat.

Nuts and Seeds

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Add almonds (or almond butter), macadamias, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, and peanut butter to the list. Here's more info about pros and cons of eating nuts on a keto diet.

Fresh Herbs and Spices

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Basil, oregano, cumin, parsley, thyme, rosemary, cilantro, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper are all OK to spice up your keto life.


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Your rocket ships to Flavortown on a keto diet might seem limited but can actually lead to boundless sauce combinations: yellow mustard, brown mustard, soy sauce or coconut aminos, horseradish, hot sauce, sugar-free ketchup, low-carb salsa, Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar-free syrup; sugar-free, high-fat salad dressings (like ranch or blue cheese).

Baking Staples

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Replace your pre-keto pantry items with those listed below. And remember to try and cut back on keto treats, focusing instead on meat, veggies, and eggs. Avoid gluten-free flours that contain a high carb content like cassava flour, tapioca flour and tapioca starch.

Keto pantry list: coconut flour, almond flour, cocoa powder, coconut flakes, baking soda, vanilla, and sea salt.


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When it comes to keto beverages, plain ol' water will always be your best option (but not the only one). There are plenty of dairy-free alternatives, like coffee, tea, and sparkling water. But be sure to always double-check labels, especially with products like kombucha and coconut water, to ensure they are low in sugar and carbohydrates.

Here's your shortlist: water, tea or coffee, soda water, tonic water, La Croix and other sparkling waters, seltzer water, kombucha (low sugar), coconut milk (unsweetened), cashew milk (unsweetened), almond milk (unsweetened), heavy creamer (sugar-free), low carb smoothies, coconut water (with only one ingredient: coconut water), low carb alcohol (hard liquor), and bone broth.


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It's a pretty strict lineup, here. You're looking at pure stevia powder, pure stevia drops, monk fruit, and mannitol—that's about it. For a comprehensive list of the best low-carb sugar substitutes (and the ones you should definitely avoid), go here.

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Add These Foods to Your Keto-Friendly Kitchen

No need to be intimidated by your bourgeoning keto journey! Simply check here for a simple, yet comprehensive grocery list that covers all of your new dietary needs. We've got tips on how to shop for meat, a quick guide through fermented veggies, approved sauces and condiments, and fruits and sweeteners to be either embraced or avoided. Just check out these 15 foods to add to your keto shopping list.