Bring this keto diet grocery list to the grocery store if you're embarking on the high-fat, low-carb lifestyle.

By Renee Cherry
December 05, 2019
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Real talk: Diving into the keto diet without a plan is a recipe for disaster. You have to be pretty precise about your macro consumption to reach and maintain ketosis, the state in which your body uses fat, not carbs, as fuel. (Even the "lazy keto" approach calls for keeping a close eye on carbs.) Plus, if you skip reading up on the keto diet, you'll be more likely to make a common diet mistake, like consuming too much protein. Drafting up a keto grocery list before you head out means you won't risk coming home with foods that will sabotage your ketosis goals or add up to nutritional imbalances.

Everyone knows bacon and cheese are allowed on the diet, but not only are those not the healthiest keto foods, but it's actually the less-obvious foods that you should be prioritizing, according to Josh Axe, D.N.M, D.C., C.N.S, founder of Ancient Nutrition and author of upcoming book The Collagen Diet. "The somewhat cliché advice to 'shop the perimeter of the grocery store' applies as much to the keto diet as it does to most other healthy diets," says Axe. Focus most of your attention on the produce section and the meat and seafood sections, and supplement with some eggs and cheese, he advises. Axe recommends completely avoiding the center of the grocery store–you can also include nuts, oils, and flour alternatives from the specialty/organic section. (Hitting up Whole Foods? These keto foods make meal prepping easier.)

Did you catch that? The produce section can be the main focus, even if you're on the keto diet. Following a "clean keto" diet means incorporating whole foods as opposed to sticking to a "dirty keto" diet of meat, butter, and packaged food. Both approaches can lead to ketosis, but one is superior when it comes to fitting in nutrients and not causing negative health rebound effects. If you want to stay on the clean side, your first step should be to note which types of vegetables and low-sugar fruits belong on a keto diet grocery list.

Your body will thank you. "Many people overlook how important vegetables are on the keto diet because they're too focused on eating meat, oil, and butter," says Axe. "Veggies provide much-needed fiber, vitamins, and minerals that have powerful anti-inflammatory effects. They are needed to add volume to meals, making them more filling, and for supporting digestion, gut health, and more."

All that said, you can't just eat every low-carb food while overlooking portion sizes and the overall macro ratio of your meals. Keto dieters typically eat around 75 percent of calories from fat, 20 percent from protein, and 5 percent from carbohydrates. Note, many keto dieters focus on net carbs–the number of grams of carbs minus the number of grams of fiber–rather than overall carbs. That's because carbs from fiber aren't digestible and thus don't throw off your blood sugar, which would send you out of ketosis. (Related: How Many Carbs Should You Eat In a Day?)

Since it's important to map out your macro consumption, your best option is to come up with a keto diet shopping list before setting foot in a grocery store. "It's helpful to look for recipe ideas ahead of time in keto cookbooks, magazines, and online, which can help you to form a flexible meal plan and shopping list," says Axe. "Otherwise, you may head to the grocery store unsure of what to get, only to waste lots of time and money and then come home to feel frustrated." (Consider basing your keto shopping list around this keto meal plan for beginners.)

No need to Google every food individually. Below you'll find your go-to keto grocery list filled with keto-friendly foods along with their net carb counts. For a version you can print and bring to the grocery store, download this keto grocery list PDF.

Keto Beginner Grocery List

Keto Beginner Grocery List

Net carb content is listed next to each food.

Keto Vegetables

  • Asparagus (2.4 g per cup)
  • Bok choy (0.8 g per cup)
  • Broccoli (3.6 g per cup)
  • Cabbage (2.9 g per cup)
  • Cauliflower (3 g per cup)
  • Celery (1.6 g per cup)
  • Collard greens (2 g per cup)
  • Cucumber (1.9 g per cup)
  • Eggplant (2.4 g per cup)
  • Iceberg lettuce (1 g per cup)
  • Jalapeño peppers (3.7 g per cup)
  • Kale (0.1 g per cup)
  • Kohlrabi (3.5 g per cup)
  • Mushrooms (1.6 g per cup)
  • Radishes (2 g per cup)
  • Romaine lettuce (0.2 g per cup)
  • Spinach (0.4 g per cup)
  • Summer squash (2.5 g per cup)
  • Swiss chard (0.8 g per cup)
  • Zucchini (2.4 g per cup)

Keto Fruits

  • Avocado (3.6 g per cup)
  • Blackberries (7.1 g per cup)
  • Blueberries (17.8 g per cup)
  • Cantaloupe (12.3 g per cup)
  • Lemon (5.4 g per fruit)
  • Lime (5.2 g per fruit)
  • Raspberries (6.7 g per cup)
  • Strawberries (8.2 g per cup)
  • Tomato (3.3 g per cup)
  • Watermelon (10.9 g per cup)

Keto Nuts/Seeds

  • Almonds (2 g per 1/4 cup)
  • Almond butter (1.4 g per tablespoon)
  • Brazil nuts (2 g per 1/4 cup)
  • Cashews (7 g per 1/4 cup)
  • Cashew butter (4.4 g per tablespoon)
  • Chia seeds (1 g per tablespoon)
  • Flax seeds (0 g)
  • Hazelnuts (2 g per 1/4 cup)
  • Hemp seeds (2 g per 3 tablespoons)
  • Macadamia nuts (2 g per 1/4 cup)
  • Pecans (2 g per 1/4 cup)
  • Pine nuts (3 g per 1/4 cup)
  • Pumpkin seeds (1 g per 1/4 cup)
  • Sunflower butter (1.5 g per tablespoon)
  • Sunflower seeds (4.1 g per 1/4 cup)
  • Unsweetened almond milk (1.4 g per cup)
  • Walnuts (2 g per 1/4 cup)

Keto Meat

  • Anchovies (0 g)
  • Bacon (0 g)
  • Chicken drumsticks or thighs (0.02 g per 3 ounces)
  • Chicken wings (0 g)
  • Ground beef (0 g)
  • Herring (0 g)
  • Mackerel (0 g)
  • Pancetta (1 g per 2 ounces)
  • Pepperoni (1.6 g per cup)
  • Pork belly (0 g)
  • Salami (2.8 g per cup)
  • Sardines (0 g)
  • Short ribs (0 g)
  • Porterhouse steak (0 g)
  • Ribeye (0 g)
  • Sardines (0 g)
  • Sausage (3 g per 2 ounces)
  • Salmon (0 g)

Keto Eggs/Dairy

  • Full-fat cottage cheese (4 g per 1/2 cup)
  • Full-fat cheese (1–3.8 g per ounce)
  • Full-fat cream Cheese (0.8 g per tablespoon)
  • Eggs (0 g)
  • Full-fat sour cream (5.3 g per 1/2 cup)
  • Heavy whipping cream (2.5 g per 1/4 cup)
  • Unsweetened, full-fat yogurt (5.7 g per 1/2 cup)
  • Whole milk (5.9 per 1/2 cup)

Keto Pantry Items

  • Almond flour (1 g per 2 tablespoons)
  • Avocado oil (0 g)
  • Blue cheese dressing (0.7 g per tablespoon)
  • Bone broth (0 g)
  • Butter (0 g)
  • Caesar dressing (0.4 g per tablespoon)
  • Canned full-fat coconut milk (3.6 g per 1/2 cup)
  • Canola oil (0 g)
  • Coconut butter (1 g per tablespoon)
  • Coconut flour (3 g per 2 tablespoons)
  • Coconut oil (0 g)
  • Erythritol (4 g per teaspoon)
  • Ghee (0 g)
  • Kelp noodles (2 g per 4 ounces)
  • Mayonnaise (0.2 g per 2 tablespoons)
  • MCT oil (0 g)
  • Monk fruit extract (0 g)
  • Olive oil (0 g)
  • Pesto (0.8 g per tablespoon)
  • Ranch dressing (0.9 g per tablespoon)
  • Sesame oil (0 g)
  • Sugar-free chocolate (5 g per tablespoon)
  • Stevia extract (3 g per teaspoon)
  • Tahini (1.78 g per tablespoon)
  • Walnut oil (0 g)

Comments (4)

January 18, 2020
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December 6, 2019
The information regarding Erythritol is incomplete. Although there are 4 carbs there are zero net carbs so it doesn't count on a keto diet
December 5, 2019
Actually, you’re not a supposed to have whole fat milk because that contains a large amount of sugar. What you are supposed to consume is alternative milks which have 1-5 carbs. Almond milk, coconut milk, etc. Also, cheese sometimes contains sugars or carbs as well. Always check which ones are okay on the back. Packaged yellow cheese and queso fresco are ok
December 5, 2019
Actually, you’re not a supposed to have whole fat milk because that contains a large amount of sugar. What you are supposed to consume is alternative milks which have 1-5 carbs. Almond milk, coconut milk, etc. Also, cheese sometimes contains sugars or carbs as well. Always check which ones are okay on the back. Packaged yellow cheese and queso fresco are ok