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The ketogenic diet is definitely one of the harder diets to stick to, but for those willing to try the high-fat, low-carb plan, this keto diet shopping list makes it a little bit easier.
About the ketogenic diet
The keto diet calls for eating foods that are high in healthy fat content and low in carbohydrates. Scientifically, this should put your body into a metabolic state called ketosis, which makes your body burn fat instead of carbs for fuel. Most plans call for eating under 50 grams of carbs per day, but there are a few stricter and looser variations on the diet as well. Celebrities like Halle Berry, Kourtney Kardashian, Tim Tebow, Vinny Guadagnino and more have praised the diet for its (often quick) weight loss results. Before trying any new diet yourself, however, you should always talk with your doctor.
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How to keep on track
You can track your carb intake by using mobile apps like Carb Manager: Keto Diet App or Senza. And, if you want to be really sure you're in ketosis, you can use tools like Perfect Keto Ketone Testing Strips ($7.95 on Amazon), Keto Mojo Blood Ketone and Glucose Testing Kit ($59.99 on Amazon) or the Keyto Breath Senser ($99).
What you can and can't eat on keto
The list of keto-friendly foods includes most meat, seafood, eggs, full-fat dairy products, above ground vegetables and oils, while things to avoid include pasta, rice, starches, bread and high-carb fruits like bananas and oranges.
To get started, check out our five keto-friendly recipes to make for lunch or dinner with a corresponding shopping list. Here, you'll find all of the ingredients you'll need to get started, plus, snacks—you gotta have some keto-friendly snacks! To save you some money, most of these recipes have shared ingredients like garlic, zoodles and yes, of course, cheese.
Keto-friendly meals to make
The ultimate keto diet shopping list
1 green bell pepper
1 red onion
1 bunch fresh cilantro
2 pounds zucchini (or spiralized zoodles)
1 bunch fresh parsley
1 pint grape tomatoes
3 heads of garlic
2 heads cauliflower, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 pound ground chicken
1.5 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp
1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef
2 pounds boneless rump or rib roast
4 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces heavy cream
cheese slices of your choice
Canned goods and condiments:
12 fluid ounces cups chicken broth
4 1/2 ounce can green chilis, diced
extra virgin olive oil
red chili flakes
1 beef bouillon cube
Oloves natural green pitted olives, 12-pack for $16.99 on Amazon
Whisps Cheese Crisps, 5-pack for $19.98 on Amazon
People's Choice Beef Jerky, 3-pack for $18.99 on Amazon
Barney Almond Butter, Bare Smooth, $10.99 on Amazon
Keto coffee creamer, $14.99 on Amazon
Keto Farms Keto Trail MIx, 3-pack for $19.97 on Amazon
Love Good Fats Bars Rich Chocolately Almond, 12 for $33.98 on Amazon
plain Greek yogurt
nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts)