Grocery shopping on the ketogenic diet can be a struggle, especially if you are new to this way of eating. A lot of well-intentioned dieters will go out to the store, buy a surplus of keto-friendly foods, and then let them waste away in the fridge or cabinet because they just never use them. This happens often because people who are new to keto don’t yet know exactly how these new foods are going to fit into their lives – and some of them just won’t.
Below are five items that all keto dieters should make sure to keep on-hand in their kitchens. These items can be used across a number of dishes, including some of your favorites.
Fresh, ground or powdered, spices are carb-free and ramp up the flavor of any dish in a snap. You should have a variety of spices in your kitchen, so that you can make any dish that suits your mood. Here’s an example of some of the spices that you should keep around, if you don’t already have them in your cupboard:
- And, of course, sea salt and black pepper
The combination potential is limitless, giving you endless range and creativity in the kitchen.
Many people complain about powdered stevia, a natural sweetener, having a bitter aftertaste that makes it hard to enjoy. Liquid stevia, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to come with this problem and can be used anywhere that you would use sugar or an artificial sweetener.
This high-fat oil is not only great for cooking, but it can be added into any recipe that calls for oil. It is also commonly added to coffee, tea, baked goods and even smoothies. If coconut oil isn’t pleasing to your taste buds, consider swapping this out with MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) oil instead. MCT oil is derived from coconut oil but doesn’t have the strong coconut flavor.
Made from the meat of the coconut (the white part on the inside), coconut flour can be used where you’d apply the use of traditional flour. It is also gluten-free and high in fiber! This type of flour is especially popular in baking due to the slight sweetness of its flavor.
Look for peanut butter or almond butter that is made 100% from peanuts or almonds – no added sugars! These delicious butters make for great snacking and go wonderfully into your favorite smoothies. Now, they do contain some carbs, meaning that you can’t just dive head-first into a jar, but you can enjoy these relatively guilt-free within moderation.
It can be tough to stick to the ketogenic diet if your kitchen is packed with foods that you bought with the best of intentions but never actually plan to eat. Add these five keto-friendly staples to your shopping list to make your favorite meals, smoothies and snacks!