Ketogenic Diet Food List

Low Carb / Keto Resource

The most difficult part of starting the Keto diet is learning what foods you should enjoy and those you should limit.  That is why I have formulated this ketogenic diet food list to help you along the way. Print out a copy and stick it on your refrigerator or take it with you to the grocery store!

Remember, as long as you stay under 20g of carbs daily, you'll maintain a metabolic state of ketosis.

* items marked with an asterisk have a carb content and need to be moderated.



These are the fats that you want to focus on for optimal health.


When buying meats, you want to try and get those with a good fat content.  If you are using lean meat, you can add fat to it if you like, such as butter or coconut oil.

  • Bacon
  • Steak
  • Ground beef
  • Eggs
  • Ribs (Pork/Beef/Lamb)
  • Roasts (Pork/Beef/Lamb)
  • Pork Loin, Chops & Steaks
  • Chicken (skin-on breasts, thighs, wings, drumsticks)
  • Ham
  • Sausages
  • Deli meats (double check nutrition for certain brands that use carb fillers)
  • Cured Meats (pepperoni, salami, prosciutto)

Seafood (canned or fresh)

  • Shrimp
  • Lobster
  • Tilapia
  • Cod
  • Scallops
  • Crab
  • Tuna
  • Albacore
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Oysters


The key to finding keto-friendly dairy is to look at the carb and sugar content.  Regular cows milk is generally out as it's fairly carb heavy, but heavy cream is a great and tasty substitute.  Experiment with new cheese findings!

  • Full-fat cheeses
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Full-fat sour cream
  • Butter (avoid margarines)
  • Full-fat cream cheese


You will want your carb sources to basically be vegetables/limited fruits.  Primarily, you want to focus on veggies that grow above ground.

  • Asparagus
  • Squash (spaghetti, butternut, etc.)
  • Peppers (jalapeno, bell, banana, etc.) *
  • Mushrooms
  • Cucumbers
  • Cabbage
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Various leafy greens (spinach, romaine, arugula, bib lettuce, etc.)
  • Broccoli
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Garlic *
  • Onion *


  • Avocado
  • Blueberries *
  • Raspberries *
  • Blackberries *
  • Strawberries *
  • Cranberries *

Nuts & Seeds

Be careful when consuming nuts. They are extremely easy to overeat and they do have a carb content.  This includes nut butters.

  • Almonds *
  • Hazelnuts *
  • Macadamias *
  • Pistachios *
  • Walnuts *
  • Pecans *
  • Sesame seeds *
  • Sunflowers seeds *
  • Pumpkin seeds *
  • Flax seeds *


  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Soy sauce (tamari if you're eating gluten-free)
  • Hot sauce
  • Salad dressings (full-fat Ranch, Caesar, Bleu Cheese, Italian) *
  • Lemon/Lime Juice



This is just a simple and barebones version of a ketogenic diet food list.  It will then be your choice to decide whether some things are worth purchasing, like diet sodas, for example. Always read the food labels to make sure you stay within your 20g carb limit!

Did I miss one of your favorite grocery items? Comment below and I'll add it to the list!

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