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Keto Diet Beginner Shopping List

We’ve shared our best tips with you already, but we wanted to give you an easy Keto Diet Beginner Shopping List.  This list gives you a great place to begin with things you know are going to be keto approved.  If it is on this list, you are going to be comfortable adding to your shopping cart, and know that most likely it’s going to be good for your new diet plan and way of eating.

Keto Diet Beginner Shopping List

Keto Diet Beginner Shopping List

Below, I am breaking down the list by category, and will also be providing an easy printable so you can just print and have on hand. However, there are some notes not included on the printable, so make sure to stop and read before you print.

Meats on Keto Diet

This list includes mostly higher fat cuts of meat.  While almost any meat is going to be fine on the ketogenic diet, you do want to watch processed meats like bacon, sausage, and luncheon meat for carbohydrates and sugars.  Some have added flavors and seasonings that include sugars.  So, don’t grab just any item when in the store.  If possible, grab uncured items.

  • Ground Beef 80/20
  • Chuck Roast
  • Ribeye Steak
  • Chicken Thighs
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Whole Chickens
  • Duck
  • Breakfast Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Kielbasa
  • Polish Sausage
  • Pork Loin
  • Pork Ribs
  • Ground Pork
  • Ham Steaks
  • Pork Steaks
  • Lamb Chops
  • Ground Lamb
  • Venison
  • Buffalo
  • Elk
  • Salmon
  • Shrimp
  • Tuna
  • Trout
  • Bratwurst
  • Hot Dogs
  • Luncheon Meats
  • Pepperoni

Vegetables & Fruits on the Keto Diet

While many say you can’t have these due to carbohydrates, you can.  You want to look for the items with lower carbohydrates and higher amounts of fiber.  The ones listed below result in a lower net carbohydrate and still contain great fiber, nutrients, and fuel for your body.  There are other options, but you will want to eat those in small quantities and be careful regarding the sugar if your body is highly sensitive to natural sugar in ketosis.

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Bell Pepper
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Sprouts
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Summer Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Avocados
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

Dairy on the Keto Diet

While milk isn’t recommended on the ketogenic diet, you will find full-fat cheeses and dairy on this plan.  Check out these items and always watch for the carb counts on packaging as no two brands are alike.

  • Heavy Cream
  • Cream Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Sour Cream
  • Butter
  • Hard Cheeses
  • Greek Yogurt

Fats and Oils on the Keto Diet

While this is considered a high-fat diet, I do recommend you use fats wisely.  The fats and oils listed below are the most commonly used for cooking.  I still avoid vegetable and canola oil in cooking and rarely if ever use things like lard or shortening.

  • Avocado Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Sesame Oil

Miscellaneous Pantry Items on the Keto Diet

These are the things that just make the plan easier to manage.  While snacking isn’t really recommended, we all have moments it is needed.  These are also items that help you with cooking, adding flavor, and bulking up meals.  These are things to keep on hand in your pantry for many reasons.

  • Peanut Butter
  • Sunflower Butter
  • Chicken Stock
  • Sugar-Free Pickles, relish, etc.
  • Pickle Juice
  • Mustard
  • Cider Vinegars
  • Salsa/Hot Sauce
  • Sugar-Free Salad Dressings
  • Full-Fat Ranch
  • Beef Jerky
  • Olives
  • Pork Rinds
  • Almond Butter
  • Nuts, Seeds
  • Nut Flours for baking
  • No Sugar Added Sauces (tomato sauce, bbq sauce, etc)

Don’t forget to grab your handy printable Keto diet plan shopping list below.  Just click on the image below and it will open to a handy PDF that prints for you to keep on hand!

Keto Diet Shopping List

This Ketogenic diet plan beginner shopping list is a great place to begin.  Do you have anything to add to the list?

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  1. Great list, I’m recommending your site to my clients! I would also make sure to tell people to watch very carefully for hidden vegetable oils in seemingly keto friendly products like salad dressings or marinated olives, artichoke hearts etc. Mark Sisson’s new-ish brand Primal Kitchens makes dressings with only Avocado oil which is not full of disastrous-for-your-body pressed seed oils like canola, safflower, soybean and corn oils. Olive oil is also obviously fine (and great for you) but people who are starting Keto don’t know how dangerous the vegetable oils are and some foods on keto can be found soaked in them.
    Thanks for a great post.

  2. Bonjour !
    I’m looking for a list of all uncommon weird stuff like xantan gum,
    erytho—, cream of tartar and other unpronouncables…that break my
    stride when I wanna cook !

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