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December 9, 2018 by Dominic

The most difficult part of starting the Keto Diet is learning which foods you should enjoy and those you should limit.  This list should make that a little easier. Print out a copy and stick it on your refrigerator or take it with you to the grocery store.

* has a minor carb count and needs to be moderated

Fat

Aside from animal fat on your meats, you can enjoy the following healthy fats for optimal health benefits.

You will notice that some products contain PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acid), such as soybean and canola. In very limited quantities, these are fine. However, for optimal health, these are not a great choice.

Meats/Proteins

When buying meats, you can opt for the fattier cuts if you prefer.  If you are eating lean meat, you can up the fat with butter or coconut oil.

You will see some argue that you should only consume grass-fed and pastured-raised animal products on Keto. If you have the financial means to do so, it is better for you and the animal. However, you can be just as successful with conventionally raised meats if the budget doesn’t allow it.

Enjoy various cuts of meat including:

  • bacon
  • steak
  • ground beef
  • eggs
  • ribs (pork/beef/lamb)
  • roasts (pork/beef/lamb)
  • pork loin, chops & steaks
  • chicken (skin-on breasts, thighs, wings, drumsticks)
  • poultry (turkey, quail, pheasant)
  • ham
  • sausages
  • offal and organ meats (liver, brain, tongue, oxtail)
  • deli meats (double check nutrition for certain brands that use carb fillers)
  • cured meats (pepperoni, salami, prosciutto)

Seafood

Most seafood is fairly low in carbohydrates and fits easily its into a Keto diet. However, some shellfish and fatty fish actually have a small amount of carbohydrates, so be sure to read up on the nutrition information before consuming.

  • shrimp
  • lobster
  • tilapia
  • cod
  • scallops
  • crab
  • tuna
  • albacore
  • salmon
  • sardines
  • oysters
  • crawfish
  • octopus
  • squid

Dairy

The key to finding Keto-friendly dairy products is to look at the carb and sugar content.  Regular cows milk is generally out as it’s loaded with lactose (milk sugar), but heavy cream can be a great and tasty substitute.  Personally, I love to explore and try new cheeses.

Enjoy the following dairy products:

  • full-fat cheeses
  • heavy whipping cream
  • full-fat sour cream
  • butter
  • full-fat cream cheese

If you find that you’re stalling when trying to lose weight, limiting your dairy consumption can help. I find that I am essentially bloat-free when I take a break from cheese and heavy whipping cream.

Vegetables

Most of your carbohydrates will come from vegetables — primarily those that are green and grow above ground.

  • asparagus
  • avocado
  • squash (spaghetti, butternut, pumpkin, etc.) *
  • peppers (jalapeno, bell, banana, etc.) *
  • mushrooms
  • cucumbers
  • cabbage
  • okra
  • radishes
  • Brussels sprouts
  • cauliflower
  • various leafy greens (spinach, romaine, arugula, bib lettuce, etc.)
  • broccoli
  • artichoke hearts
  • seaweed
  • zucchini
  • garlic *
  • onion *

Remember, if you are counting net carbs, you can subtract the fiber from the total carbohydrate count.

Fruits

Most fruits aren’t super Keto-friendly, but you can still enjoy the following:

  • 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 *
  • macadamia nuts *
  • pistachios *
  • walnuts *
  • pecans *
  • sesame seeds *
  • sunflowers seeds *
  • pumpkin seeds *
  • flax seeds *
  • coconut
  • chia seeds

Condiments

The following condiments are generally safe for Keto:

  • mayonnaise
  • mustard
  • soy sauce (tamari or coconut aminos if you’re eating gluten-free)
  • hot sauce
  • salad dressings (full-fat Ranch, Caesar, Bleu Cheese, Italian) *
  • lemon/lime juice
  • vinegar
  • salsa *

As always, check the nutrition information for all of your foods if possible. Some products are very sneaky with their ingredients lists.

Misc.

Sweeteners

Sweeteners are a great way to cut carbohydrates and still enjoy your favorite treats. Of all that I’ve tried and researched, the following are the best options:

Foods to Avoid

The following foods are not all unhealthy, but they contain too many carbs for the Keto diet.

If you eat too much of the following foods, your blood sugar will rise and there is a risk of falling out of ketosis. It can take anywhere from 1-3 days to get back into ketosis, and there’s a good chance you’ll experience some negative side effects.

Avoid the following:

  • starchy vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes)
  • grains & flours (wheat, corn, rye, rice, oats)
  • processed grains (bread, pasta, naan, pita, tortillas)
  • sugar (white table sugar, honey, maple syrup)

Is <insert food> Keto?

Foods are not inherently Keto and non-Keto. Ketosis is a metabolic state triggered in the absence of carbohydrates.

If you keep your carbs between 20 – 30g per day, you are essentially ensuring a state of ketosis.

Therefore, if a food fits within your carb limit, enjoy!

Keto Food List PDF

Looking for a printable Keto Diet Food List PDF to share with your friends and family? I’ve got you covered!

 

Did I miss one of your favorite foods in my Ketogenic diet food list? Comment below!

Dominic Geracia is a passionate cat dad and Keto enthusiast from Pittsburgh. When he's not motivating the Keto community on Instagram, you can likely find him in the kitchen cooking up something delicious with his husband, Seth.

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22 Comments

  1. Avatar Lia on March 26, 2019 at 11:18 am

    I’ve heard that I can have bread fruit on KETO what are your thoughts on bread fruit!

    • Avatar Dominic on March 27, 2019 at 7:54 pm

      Hi Lia-

      According to Google, the nutrition for bread fruit works out to around 12g net carbs for about a cup. In small quantities I would say it’s okay, but definitely keep track in your daily carb count!

      Dominic

  2. Avatar Naya on March 17, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Ginger?

    • Avatar Dominic on March 18, 2019 at 9:45 am

      In small amounts, it should be just fine! There is about half of a gram of carbs per teaspoon.

  3. Avatar Sarah on March 11, 2019 at 10:14 am

    I didn’t see beans addressed anywhere. Specifically black beans. Are they keto-friendly?
    Thanks!

    • Avatar Dominic on March 11, 2019 at 1:06 pm

      Hi Sarah-

      Beans aren’t super Keto-friendly, unfortunately. However, if you have a small enough serving, you might be able to squeeze some into your daily carb count! I do something similar with potatoes every so often!

      Dominic

  4. Avatar Kimberly Stivala on February 19, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Love all your information. Thank you for taking the time to share all your useful information. I do have a question about my recent start on my keto program. According to what I believe I am doing. I feel as though I am doing everything right. I keep track of my macros which come in under my allotted measurements. I drink my keto coffee, have meats eggs and fish that are allowed, have made certain snacks and keto bombs to keep in the freezer for those sweet attacks. However, I keep testing urin on the test strips and it is yet to show where I am in ketosis. I have literally not had one unhealthy carb in 2 weeks. The scale does show a 7 lb drop. But let’s be truthful that is water weight. I most of all I’m looking for indicators that I am in ketosis. I should also mention that I have not had any symptoms of ketosis flu either. I have read all your suggestions along with scouring the internet with hours and hours and hours of time spent reading. I do take my MCT oil a tablespoon a day in my Bulletproof Coffee. I do have to have my heavy cream and Splenda in my coffee in order for me to drink it. That is the only thing that I can think of. But I can’t see where that would completely not allow my body to get into ketosis. You are opinion would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

  5. Avatar Kimberly Caswell on January 18, 2019 at 5:17 am

    Nice info. Best and most reasonable explanation. Look forward to recipies!
    Kim

  6. Avatar Heather on January 3, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Hi. What do the * mean in your list above? Did I miss this somewhere?

    Thank you for the list and website!

    • Avatar Dominic on January 9, 2019 at 8:28 am

      Hi there! This means that this food has a decent carb count and will need to be moderated. I should probably make that more clear. Thanks!

  7. Avatar Gerri on December 31, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Awesome lists

    Thank you

  8. Avatar Sally Moore on December 16, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you, thank you for your Keto Diet Foods List. I need to lose 30 pounds via doctor’s orders, and I could not find a portable list to use shopping. This will help me in my early stages when I question whether this or that is allowed.

  9. Avatar Deborah Lorraine on December 14, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    This is one of the best summaries I have seen! Great resource. Thank you.

  10. Avatar Cindi on December 10, 2018 at 4:44 am

    Great info. I’ll be starting again Jan 1, started before but barely got into it when I ended up in the hospital for respiratory failure, didn’t want to start a program like this on hospital food. Anyway, after doctors and oxygen, etc., I’m back in the right frame of mind, cleared out all my cupboards, fridge, etc., just have enough to get me to Jan 1. It’s been a horrible year, so gonna make 2019 MY year, all ways around. This list will help a lot, since I keep forgetting whats what, and was eating honey, thinking it was OK since it was natural, etc…..wrong! I think I kind of have the rest OK, but thanks for the reference sheet, this will help a lot.

    • Avatar Maureen E McNamara on March 1, 2019 at 8:01 pm

      Hoping 2019 will be a blessed and prosperious year! <3

  11. Avatar Erica on December 9, 2018 at 11:15 am

    What is your opinion on the “low carb” tortillas?
    I love them and eat them when I’m craving bread. The ones I buy say they are 5g net carbs

    • Avatar Dominic on December 28, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      I get them every so often and have done just fine. Just make sure you count the carbs in your daily allotment! Also, if you notice that you’re stalling at all, this would be one of the first things I’d try to remove.

  12. Avatar Marie on December 3, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Just discovered your site and just want to say thank you. I am just starting Keto and am on my way to the grocery store to shop for supplies. My biggest issue no matter what diet I’m on is always snacking so any advice you can give about snacking I am very happy to read.

  13. Avatar Jordyn on November 8, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Is that Taco Bell taco sauce from the supermarket Keto friendly?

  14. Avatar Sheila on October 14, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    I’m on the Keto diet and I’m diabetic I like to maintain a healthy blood sugar level without it dropping to low then I would have eat sugar to bring up my insulin level, what are my best options?

    • Avatar Dominic on December 7, 2018 at 11:12 am

      I would try something with a little bit of natural sugar. Go for some berries, avocado or nut butter!

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