Top 10 Foods to Eat on the Keto Diet

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So….what exactly can you eat on keto?

It’s a fair question! Maybe you’ve got a handle on some keto basics and want to figure out how exactly it would look when it’s time to go grocery shopping. Or maybe you’ve been around the keto block a few times, but need a refresher to get out of a rut.

Here are some reliably keto foods and ingredients that are delicious and incredibly useful to keep around in a keto kitchen!

1. Eggs

eggs are perfect for the keto diet

Versatile, affordable, a reliable keto staple…eggs are hard to beat! Scrambled, fried, poached, quiche-ified, the options are endless for a meal packed with protein and loads of tasty keto goodness.

2. Chicken, beef, turkey, etc.

roasted chicken

Meat is a keto-ers best friend, with no or nearly no carbs (depending on whether it contains any additives, etc.). Many cuts are also very affordable and simple to prepare—nothing complicated required! 

3. Leafy greens

people making a salad

Just because you’re keto, doesn’t mean you have an excuse to not “eat your greens!” These veggies are an incredible source of so many vitamins and minerals your body needs. Salads are a quick and easy way to add these to your diet, or you can always throw some spinach, kale, bok choy, chard, arugula, or other greens on the side with a meat of your choice for a simple and satisfying meal. 

4. Veggies (non starchy)

eating non starchy greens on a picnic

Leafy greens aren’t the only vegetables with loads of great nutrients! Your options are delicious—and plentiful. Think of veggies like peppers, asparagus, cucumbers, celery, Brussels sprouts, and more. Make cauliflower rice, green bean casserole, or beef with broccoli…there is a whole world of delicious plants waiting to add variety to your keto life!

5. Cheese

cheese on a board

Adds a craveable, creamy dose of umami to any meal! Depending on the cheese, it can also be a great way of adding extra salt to your diet. (And besides, who doesn’t love cheese?!)

6. Cream

cream

Smoothies, sauces, soups, desserts…the many uses for this ingredient make it a favorite kitchen staple many keto-ers. Just remember: cream is not the same as half-and-half! Half-and-half has more sugar, making it noticeably higher in carbs, so cream is typically a better choice for those on keto. You can read more about that here.

7. Olive oil, avocados, avocado oil, and other sources of healthy fat

olive oil onto pan

There are so many healthy sources of fat that you can bring into your keto meal plan! While you certainly don’t want to consume too much fat, making sure you eat the appropriate amount of fat for your needs can help you stay full for longer and make sure that you stay feeling your best.

8. Butter

butter and other dairy products are great for keto

Okay, so butter is another source of fat, but it’s so good we had to talk about it by itself! Butter makes everything better. That’s our motto at Keto Chow. Not only does it add unrivaled flavor to dishes, but it’s easily accessible, it’s affordable, and is one of the most versatile sources of fat. Whether you’re doing some keto baking, whipping up a shake, or cooking some steak, butter deserves a place of honor in every keto kitchen.

9. Salt

salt shaker

It may sound boring, but hear us out! Salt is an important mineral for everyone, but especially for those on a keto diet. It helps replace the critical electrolytes that you need to prevent the keto flu. You can learn more about that here, but the short story is: make sure you are getting enough salt!

10. Keto Chow

woman drinking Keto Chow

Bonus number 10 from our totally unbiased absolutely objective point of view (ahem): Keto Chow. It’s quick and easy, so that’s a win. And delicious, so that’s another win. 

Is this a complete list of everything that you can eat on keto? Of course not! The keto diet can be so much more varied than you may imagine. This is just “some foods you can eat” to get you started. (Because sometimes looking at enormous lists can be more overwhelming than anything.) However, we hope you can see just from the foods that are on this list that keto can be fun, varied, and crazy delicious! 

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