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

Remember, as long as you keep your daily carb limit to 20g of carbs, you’ll maintain a metabolic state of ketosis. This will ensure that you burn fat for fuel in place of sugar and should help with weight loss, inflammation, mental health and a variety of other issues.

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

Fat

Remember, the Keto is a low carb, high fat diet. 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 limited quantities, these are likely fine. However, for optimal health, these are not a great choice. They tend damage easily and are inflammatory in the body.

* indicates foods that have a carb count that needs to be moderated

Meats/Proteins

When buying meats, you want to try and choose options 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.

You may see some argue that only grassfed, pastured meat is required. This is not true at all. We all have difference resources and food budgets, you can be just as successful with conventionally raised food.

  • 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)

There are many people who insist that organic and grass-fed meat is the only option on the Keto diet. This is simply not true. If you have the means and desire to purchase all grass-fed and organic, go for it.

It isn’t, however, a requirement to be successful with this way of eating. Conventionally raised meat is fine.

Seafood


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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.

  • full-fat cheeses
  • heavy whipping cream
  • full-fat sour cream
  • butter (avoid margarines, they’re inflammatory)
  • full-fat cream cheese

If you find that you’re stalling when trying to lose weight, I would try to limit dairy. 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 in small amounts:

  • avocado
  • blueberries *
  • raspberries *
  • blackberries *
  • strawberries *
  • cranberries *

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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

While there are plenty of low carb versions of our favorite condiments with added sugar, some of the naturally Keto-friendly options include:

  • 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
  • salsa *

As always, check the nutrition information on all of your condiments. Some companies are really sneaky about adding additional sugar to things that shouldn’t need it.

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 can work tiny servings of them into your daily 20g carb limit, you are welcome to.

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 you will likely feel horrible during that time.

  • 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)

Yes, you’re going to have to read labels if you consume foods like this. It’s the only way to truly know what you’re eating (as opposed to a bunless burger or steak).

Is <insert food> Keto?

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

If you keep your carbs to 20g net per day, you will essentially ensure you are always in ketosis.

Therefore, if a food fits within your carb limit, enjoy! Read more about it here.

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!

To save or print this list, click the two arrows at the top right corner of the document above. It will give you the options to do either.

Conclusion

I hope this helped give you an idea of the low carb foods we eat on this way of living. I will be working on some meal plans in the future, so stay tuned!

Ready to get started? Try some of my favorite Keto recipes.

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

16 Comments

  1. 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.

    • Dominic on February 20, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Hi Kimberly-

      To be honest, those test strips are kind of bogus. They tend to only measure excess ketones in the urine and not where it actually matters — the blood.

      Congrats on the 7 pound drop, that’s awesome!

      Even if it were only water weight (most of it will be, but some will be fat too!), the fact that you dropped that much is a good sign you’re in ketosis.

      How do you feel? Some other signs that some experience (not everyone does) is a metallic taste in mouth, mental clarity, increased energy, temporary difficulty sleeping (due to energy), etc. You can read more about things like this on my Keto Diet Simplified post.

      The only real way to know if you’re in ketosis is by using a blood ketone monitor. These are a little pricey, but can be an interesting tool to use for situations like this. Some test their ketone levels after consuming certain foods to see if it kicks them out of ketosis. I don’t do this much personally, but it is an option.

      Hope this helps!

      Dominic

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

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

  3. 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!

    • 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!

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

    Awesome lists

    Thank you

  5. 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.

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

    • 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.

  9. 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.

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

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

  11. 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?

    • 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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