Ketogenic Food List and What I Buy at the Grocery Store

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Let’s face it, staying on a strict elimination or healing diet can be difficult for someone who is used to eating whatever they want whenever they want. The ketogenic diet is much more disciplined and requires a bit more effort to start, stay with and see results. One of the most beneficial things that I have discovered in eating healthy was to create a list prior to going to the grocery store. A ketogenic food list keeps you in check. It keeps you focused on staying on your diet and selecting foods that will work best for your health.

This is the ketogenic diet food list that I have when I go grocery shopping. There are times when I mix it up, but these are the foods that I buy regularly.

  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 4-5 avocados
  • bacon
  • dozen eggs
  • cheese
  • celery
  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • frozen broccoli
  • mushrooms
  • blueberries
  • coconut milk
  • unflavored gelatin
  • carrots
  • olives
  • chicken
  • canned tunafish
  • canned salmon
  • frozen peas
  • frozen spinach
  • onions
  • cream cheese
  • coconut oil

With these different ingredients, I can create dinners, breakfasts, and side dishes by mixing and matching them up. My breakfasts can range from omelets, scrambled eggs, bacon and avocado to blueberry smoothies with a coconut kefir. My ketogenic lunches usually take the form of a salad with a protein, such as deviled eggs, canned salmon or canned tuna fish. Lunches are easy and simple. Dinners are a variety of stir fry meals, hamburgers, roasts, fish and a vegetable side dish. Dessert is usually a panna cotta gelatin that is flavored with a zero carbohydrate sweetener or a few berries. 

As you get used to the ketogenic diet, you will discover that it gets easier and easier to select foods that fit into your diet. You’ll discover that you have certain preferences and can adjust the carbohydrates to allow of a piece of fruit every now and then.

The leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables are ones that you can eat freely on the ketogenic diet list. These include cucumbers, lettuce, kale, chard, endive, radicchio, kohlrabi, radishes, celery, asparagus and bamboo shoots. The avocado is one fruit that you can freely eat without too much concern.

You can drink water to your hearts content on the ketogenic diet. Due to the fact that coffee and tea are low carbohydrate, they are often consumed on the ketogenic diet. However, I personally don’t recommend drinking either. While they are low carbohydrate, the caffeine in them is somewhat dehydrating. I only drink water on my diet. However, you’ll stay in ketosis with tea and coffee.

You’ll want to eat cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, green beans and broccoli more sparingly than the greens. They do have more carbohydrates, but having a serving at a meal won’t throw your dietary plan off. Onions, mushrooms, coconut, bamboo shoots, sugar snap peas, and artichokes all have a bit more carbohydrates, so watch the portion and try not to go overboard with them. One serving per meal is probably sufficient.

You’ll want to avoid all grains, milk, tropical fruits, sweet alcoholic beverages, beer, wine, and soy products.

To start your day off with a healthy ketogenic breakfast click here 

Thanks for checking out my ketogenic diet foods list!

4 thoughts on “Ketogenic Food List and What I Buy at the Grocery Store”

  1. Hi Melinda,

    For me, the reason I was Googling ketogenic food and trying to make a list of such is because I spend many hours sitting down. This is due to much typing in my job. By the time I stop working I am too tired for excercise.

    I have booked marked this website because I see you have home workouts, home remedies etc and actually I really need to find about all this quickly as my schedule does not permit hours of searching for it.

    I am not a huge fan of celery and avocados – tried them and yuke hehe. However, I would prefer to use fresh fish my diet instead of canned tunafish – is there any benefits to canned fish I don’t know about over fresh fish from local butchers I don’t know about Melinda?

    Thank you, I really am so happy to have found your site and it is a comfort to know all the info I need is here in the one place. Really looking forward to hearing back from you.

    – Philip.

    1. The biggest benefit to canned tuna fish is its convenience. Fresh fish is much better for you. However, it is what I have access to in my area! Wishing you the best in your health journey!

  2. Hi Melinda,
    Thank you for such an informative post on Ketogenic Food. Learned so many new things that I was not aware of. You made it so much easier with the list!

    Jyoti

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