There’s no doubt that the keto diet is full of benefits.
You might be using it to lose weight or to shake up your regular diet. Whatever your reason, it may surprise you to know just how many things you can eat while doing keto. The great thing about keto is that many of the foods are already in our kitchen.
What’s more, they are some of the most well-loved foods, period. Bacon and butter, anyone?
Even the most dedicated keto dieter can get stuck. Sometimes you need some inspiration, or just want to shake up your go-to meals. If you’re ever unsure about what to eat, you can refer to this list.
Get ready to learn all about the keto foods you’re allowed to eat on this diet.
See the following articles for more “Keto Meal Ideas”
Snacking is something we can never get away from, no matter what diet plan we follow. Pork rinds are perfect for when you’re craving something salty and crunchy. Use them to get over any potato chip cravings you might get. We recommend Epic Provisions Pork Rinds because they do not come from factory-farmed animals.
Based on coconut flour, these snickerdoodle cookies will bring back sweet childhood memories. The aroma of the vanilla and cinnamon is comfort food for both the stomach and mind. They’re are great for a bake sale, and no one will guess they’re low carb.
Oh, and once you’ve got the ingredients, they only take 26 minutes to make.
Bulletproof coffee or BPC is a popular breakfast choice for people on the keto diet. Its basic ingredients are coffee, coconut or MCT oil, and unsalted butter. Blend it all together and it kind of tastes like a latte.
BPC is great both to kick off your day or to drink when your energy starts to lag.
Good news: a keto diet doesn’t mean you have to give up chocolate! All you have to do is substitute that higher-carb candy bar for dark chocolate.
Look for the percentage of “cacao” in the bar. The more the better. Many standard milk chocolate bars use lots of sugar instead of real cacao in their bars.
Snacks are great, but you’ll want to move to the proteins next. These will be the building blocks of most of your keto meals.
Most full-fat dairy products are keto-approved. They are both filling and nutritious, and none more so than cheese. When you’re picking a cheese, try to stick to the harder ones, as some soft cheeses contain carbs. Just make sure that the dairy is from 100% grass-fed animals.
If you haven’t already, you should definitely add nut butters to your keto food list. Nuts are a great source of energy for vegetarians and vegans. Cashew and almond butters and the top two choices for incorporating nut butters into your diet.
If you feel like having a snack, just pop a handful of macadamias, almonds or sunflower seeds. Just be mindful of the carb content if you consume too many nuts in a day. They are extremely calorie-dense.
Eggs are the affordable all-rounder on the keto foods list. They are packed full of protein and have a complete amino acid profile.
What’s more, did you know that they are among the top ten best foods for your heart? This is because they contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are proven to be good for you.
Use them as a base for omelets, quiches, frittatas and much more. Make sure that they are eggs from truly pastured raised chickens.
Many types of fish rack up zero net carbs, making them a perfect keto-friendly food. The fish oils are so valuable that they are sold on their own as a health supplement. Other fatty types of fish include tuna, sardines, and mackerel.
Combine salmon with avocado for a dose of both omega-3 and monounsaturated fatty acids. Do not buy farmed raised salmon. Wild-caught salmon is the only way to go!
Another source of animal protein, beef is a favorite among keto foods for its versatility. Be sure to get fatty cuts of meat. This not only applies to beef, but other meats like lamb, goat, or venison.
Beef and other fatty meats can be used in a number of ways. Whip up or order in filling main meals like this Asian-inspired cashew beef and broccoli. Or you can do a steak, just use low carb sides instead of potatoes. And make absolutely sure that you are eating 100% grass-fed beef. Factory-farmed and grain fed beef is not a good choice.
Butter is a great staple keto food. Bulletproof coffee fans swear by grass-fed butter and its benefits.
Duck Fat and Other Exotic Fats
Good news if you’re looking to spice up your keto recipes. You’ll be happy to hear you can use a wide variety of fats.
These include lard, ghee (clarified butter), duck fat and tallow. If you aren’t used to the taste, they can make an interesting addition to otherwise standard dishes.
These are all saturated fats, which are good for bone health, and testosterone levels if you’re a man.
If you’ve tried bulletproof coffee, then you already know MCT oil is a popular additive to the iconic keto drink.
MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides. These are saturated fatty acids that are found in coconut oil, the main source of MCT oil. Palm oil also contains this superfood ingredient.
MCT enthusiasts say that this form of the fatty acids digest faster as they are processed through the liver. They are also supposed to provide a strong boost in energy.
Like the animal sources mentioned above, avocados are fatty, but healthy. They are packed full of monounsaturated fats and are good for your heart. They also pack a big dose of Vitamin E, which strengthens your immune system and your vision.
If you want to use more avocado, try using avocado oil for frying. Or incorporate low-carb guacamole into your snack routine. You can also use it to top a bun-less burger for a keto treat.
Chicken and Zucchini Pasta
Want some ideas on how to make a complete keto foods meal? Start off with pasta — but not as you know it. Zucchini pasta with chicken can be prepared in half an hour or less. These “zoodles” only take two to three minutes to saute (the recipe from downshiftology.com). All you need to get started is a spiralizer. Investing in one means that you can reimagine all your favorite pasta dishes to be keto-compliant.
Tomato and Cheese Frittata
Frittatas are a great choice for an easy breakfast. But no one will blame you for eating them throughout the day.
You can whip up this tomato and cheese version in 15 minutes (the recipe from Bon Appetit). Make it with feta or another soft cheese, cherry tomatoes, and fry in a keto-approved fat like ghee. Spice it up with some onion or freshly chopped herbs and you’re good to go.
Vegan Sesame Tofu with Eggplant
Based on the same concept as the zucchini noodles, this recipe from ruled.me uses eggplant instead. With the amazing Asian spices, you won’t miss regular noodles at all. As an added bonus: it’s vegan.
Using eggplant instead of zucchini works when you don’t have a spiralizer. No special equipment is needed, just chop the eggplant in a julienne shape. Or use a mandolin attachment.
Zesty Chicken Nuggets
These may be comfort food, but they aren’t your mom’s chicken nuggets. A grown-up batter with pork rinds, almond meal, and flaxseed sets this recipe apart. The dip to go with it is based on avocado and mayonnaise, two great keto foods.
Just remember to make enough for everyone, the kids aren’t going to want to share.
Bacon and Turkey Wraps
Just about any of your favorite wrap recipes can be made keto by using lettuce instead of wheat wraps. This recipe is no different. It’s a BLT, but not as you know it!
This makes an awesome lunch to take to work or school. And it can be ready in about 5 minutes.
All you need is deli turkey, cooked bacon, some thin slices of avocado and Roma tomatoes. Make a quick basil mayo to add to the wrap. It’s as easyby combining fresh basil, mayonnaise, lemon juice, a garlic clove and salt and pepper to taste.
Try Some New Keto Foods Today
Hopefully, this list has put you on to some keto foods you may not have thought you could have. Interested in starting a keto meal plan? Try an organic and eco-friendly keto meal delivery from Ketoned Bodies today.