Keto shopping list

If you’re new to keto, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when it comes time to go grocery shopping. Not to worry – you’re in luck! You’ll find plenty of keto-friendly options in any store. Here’s a great starting point for your keto shopping list! Simply adjust it according to your tastes, and you’ll be ready to embark on your keto journey.


green vegetables are a staple of keto shopping list

Vegetables are a staple of your keto shopping list! While some veggies are high in carbohydrates (hello, potatoes!), keto followers still have an impressive array of low-carb veggies to choose from. Some of my favorites include:

  • Asparagus
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Garlic
  • Green beans
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Onions
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Summer squash (yellow or zucchini)

If you enjoy a good salad, no problem! You’ll find that the majority of greens are keto-friendly as well, such as:

  • Arugula
  • Cabbage
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach

We suggest you keep green/leafy veggies on your weekly keto shopping list and make sure you include them at least in one meal per day.


while fruit is generally rich in carbs, berries have made it to the keto shopping list

We know that basically everyone told you that fruit is off the limits and has no place on your keto shopping list, but the truth is you can still eat some fruit while doing keto.

Things get a little more tricky when it comes to fruit. Luckily, many of your favorite fruits are keto-friendly! Just make sure to watch the serving size, as each of these fruits do contain some carbohydrates. Look for these in the produce section of your preferred store:

  • Avocado (yes, it’s a fruit – surprised?)
  • Berries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Coconut (fresh or unsweetened flakes)
  • Eggplant
  • Lemons and limes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon


Even if you’re brand-new to keto and know just a thing or two about the diet, chances are good that you know meat is incredibly important for keto! Most meats will be keto-friendly – just be aware of any additives (check the package!) and opt for fattier cuts where possible. Here are a few keto meat staples:

  • Bacon
  • Chicken (thighs, drumsticks, wings, breasts)
  • Corned beef
  • Ground meat
  • Ham
  • Lamb
  • Lunchmeat (especially salami)
  • Pepperoni
  • Prosciutto
  • Pork (tenderloin, chops, ground)
  • Sausage
  • Steak (Porterhouse, ribeye, prime rib)
  • Turkey (drumsticks, breasts)
  • Veal
  • Venison

Fish & Seafood

fish is a great source of omega-3 and is recommended for the keto diet

Just like meat, you can eat fish and seafood to your heart’s content on keto. Just avoid any “imitation” seafood (particularly crab), as there may be carbs lurking within. Canned fish is a great option as well – just opt for those packed in oil rather than water for an extra dose of healthy fats. Not sure what kind of fish and seafood you prefer? Here’s a great list to start with:


  • Anchovies
  • Catfish
  • Cod
  • Halibut
  • Mackerel
  • Mahi-mahi
  • Salmon 
  • Sardines
  • Tilapia
  • Trout
  • Tuna


  • Clams
  • Crab
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp


add full fat cheese to your keto shopping list

Obsessed with cheese? Same here! You’ll enjoy eating cheese and other dairy foods every day on keto. Just skip the flavored versions (particularly yogurt) and opt for full-fat versions when possible. Add these keto-friendly dairy options to your list: 

  • Butter (salted)
  • Canned coconut milk
  • Cheese!
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Eggs
  • Greek yogurt (plain)
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Kefir
  • Quark (similar to Greek yogurt, but a little thicker)
  • Sour cream
  • Whole milk (or opt for unsweetened nut milk – almond, coconut, and hemp are great options!)

Keto Shopping List Snacks: Nuts & Seeds

Everyone loves a good snack. Not only are nuts and seeds keto-friendly, they’re also super portable for those on-the-go moments, plus they’ll give you a nice crunch – always a bonus when snacking! These nutritious treats are a good source of healthy fats that keto followers dream about! Just make sure to limit serving sizes, as carbs and calories do tend to add up quickly, and choose plain, raw, or unsalted versions when possible. Here are a few favorites:


  • Almonds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Cashews
  • Hazelnuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts


  • Chia
  • Flax
  • Hemp
  • Pumpkin
  • Sesame
  • Sunflower

Fats and oils

healthy fats and oils are essential on the keto diet

Choosing the right fat sources on keto is incredibly important. Your aim shouldn’t simply be to get as much fat as possible – make your fats and oils as nutritious as possible. Here are a few keto favorites to look for:


  • Avocado
  • Canola
  • Coconut
  • Olive (preferably extra-virgin)
  • Hazelnut
  • MCT
  • Sesame
  • Walnut oil

Other fat sources

  • Coconut butter
  • Ghee

Should You Have Snacks on Your Keto Shopping List?

Ahhh, snacks. They keep us sane and help to avoid that hangry feeling between meals. Did you think you’d have to give up treats once you started keto? No way! Finding keto-friendly snacks can be a little tricky (although there are now TONS of options in stores and online). Just be sure to look at nutrition labels, choose low-carb options when possible, and make sure the carb content is within your daily budget. Some must-have keto snacks include:

  • Chocolate (yes, really!) – look for low-carb, sugar-free versions, or cacao nibs
  • Crackers (low-carb)
  • Dried seaweed
  • Jerky or meat sticks (sugar-free)
  • Nut butters (no-sugar-added if available)
  • Pork rinds

dark chocolate with high percentage of cocoa can be your favorite keto snackMust Have Condiments & Sauces on Your Keto Shopping List

(look for reduced-sugar or low-carb versions where possible)

No one said keto had to taste bland. You can still enjoy many of your favorite sauces and condiments! These can be a little tricky to choose – look for reduced-sugar or low-carb versions). Here are some of the most popular ones:

  • BBQ sauce
  • Coconut aminos
  • Horseradish
  • Hot sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Oil-based salad dressings
  • Olive oil mayonnaise
  • Pesto
  • Soy sauce
  • Syrup (sugar-free)
  • Tomato paste
  • Worcestershire sauce

Spices & herbs

If you prefer your meals really flavorful, it’s all good! You’ll find that the majority of herbs and spices are keto-friendly. Some of my favorites include:

  • Basil
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Cilantro
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Garlic powder
  • Ginger (ground)
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Pepper
  • Rosemary
  • Salt (or sea salt, if you prefer)
  • Thyme

almond flour is an absolute must on your keto shopping list if you want to bake delicious treatsKeto Shopping List Extras: Substitutes and Cooking Essentials

While you might not find that you need all of these ingredients, many keto’ers swear by them. We recommend starting off with a few of these that you’re already familiar with (and maybe a couple that sound interesting) and buying more later if you find a recipe that calls for them. Some great options include:

  • Baking soda
  • Broth (including bone broth)
  • Cauliflower pizza crusts
  • Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • Coconut cream
  • Coconut water (look for a brand with only one ingredient)
  • Coffee (unsweetened)
  • Collagen peptides
  • Creamer (unsweetened)
  • Keto-friendly flours (almond flour, coconut flour)
  • Kimchi
  • Kombucha (low-sugar)
  • Nutritional yeast (especially if you are vegetarian or vegan)
  • Olives
  • Salsa (sugar-free)
  • Sauerkraut (no-sugar-added)
  • Shirataki noodles
  • Sparkling or seltzer water
  • Sweeteners (monk fruit extract, stevia, erythritol, xylitol, allulose, mannitol)
  • Tahini
  • Tea (unsweetened)
  • Tofu
  • Vanilla extract
  • Whey protein (unsweetened)
  • Xanthan gum

Should Supplements Be on Your Keto Shopping List?

Since keto diet is very restrictive, it’s natural you are wondering how to optimize your health on high-fat low-carb regimen. Because you will be cutting off the entire food group, it’s wise you consider some keto supplements.

Kitchen essentials

Most keto followers already have a pretty nicely-stocked kitchen. If you’re just getting out on your own for the first time or only have the bare essentials, this list is a great place to start:

  • Avocado slicer
  • Baking pans
  • Blender (or Vitamix)
  • Box grater
  • Cooling racks
  • Dishes
  • Food processor
  • Food scale
  • Pots and pans
  • Pressure cooker (or slow cooker)
  • Silicone mini-molds
  • Silverware
  • Spatulas
  • Spiralizer

See? Keto grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a hassle – in fact, you’ll probably enjoy it! Just stick to this list, add in a few of your low-carb favorites and recipe ingredients, and you’ll be on your way.

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