The ketogenic or keto diet has been trending for some time, but its concept is not entirely new. Have you heard of a low-carb diet? Add moderate protein and high fat to the formula, and that is the ketogenic diet. Prepare for the keto diet by creating a meal plan or choosing from our meal plans. Here are some grocery shopping list staples—you’ll need these in most of our keto diet recipes, including recipes for vegetarians and those with dairy and other food allergies.
Fill your shopping cart with protein-rich food. For lunch and dinner, you can eat meat (bacon, pulled pork, and meatballs), beef, chicken, fish, and other seafood like shrimp. We have plenty of recipes for you to choose from.
Keep in mind that the keto diet is only 5% carbohydrates, and a lot of vegetables are rich in carbohydrates. Stay away from starchy vegetables like squash or potatoes. Vegetables that are best for the ketogenic diet include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, frozen peppers, and dried onions.
Rosemary, ginger paste, oregano, black pepper, and basil are some of the easiest to get. Add pink Himalayan salt if you are at risk of having a low magnesium level.
When talking about the ketogenic diet, you will often hear avocados because this fruit is rich in good fat. Strawberries are also great in limited quantity, and you will find in many of our keto dessert recipes. Blueberries and raspberries are very low on glycemic and insulin, so they are great if you love fruits but want to stick to the ketogenic diet.
If you are too hungry, which is common especially in the first few weeks of ketosis, grab some real-food snacks. Add a variety of nuts to your grocery shopping list so that you have plenty of options in addition to cheese. Pili nuts, macadamia nuts, and almond are high-fat nuts.
Hard-boiled and scrambled eggs are common in ketogenic meal plans, so buy dozens of eggs when you go grocery shopping. We have several ketogenic breakfast recipes that you can choose from. If you love dairy, stay away from yogurt. Buy half-and-half or whole cream. Cheese, except processed cheese, is good for the ketosis. The best? Pepper jack and cheddar!
High-fat dairy and high-fat cream are the essentials. Add heavy cream and ingredients for homemade mayonnaise to your shopping list.
Whether you want to burn fat or you want to build muscle, the ketogenic diet will help you get healthy and achieve your weight goal. To start, choose from our keto meal plans or create your own using our keto recipes and shop for high-fat food items. Avoid grains, sugar, most fruits, and tuberous crops. Stick to protein sources, high-fat vegetables and fruits, nuts, and poultry. The results vary, but most people have lost 4 to 8 pounds or more in their first couple of weeks.