Keto Food List

Posted By Alissa Parker / News, Recipes / food, ketogenic, keto / No Comments

For those of you, looking to try a ketogenic diet. Here’s a list of keto approved foods.  As long as you can get creative in the kitchen you can make recipes that won’t leave you feeling restricted.Foods to avoid – Grains, starchy vegetables, yams, potatoes, sugar, flour, sugary drinks, honey, agave,

Grass-fed and wild animal sources

  • grass-fed meat (beef, lamb, goat, venison), wild-caught fish & seafood, pastured pork and poultry, pastured eggs, gelatin, ghee, butter – these are high in healthy omega 3 fatty acids (avoid sausages and meat covered in breadcrumbs, hot dogs, meat that comes with sugary or starchy sauces)
  • offal, grass-fed (liver, heart, kidneys and other organ meats)
  • dairy products (plain full-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, cream, sour cream, cheese) – avoid products labeled “low-fat”, most of them are packed with sugar and starch and have little sating effect
  • bacon – beware of preservatives and added starches

 

Healthy fats

  • saturated (lard, tallow, chicken fat, duck fat, goose fat, clarified butter / ghee, butter, coconut oil)
  • monounsaturated (avocado, macadamia and olive oil)
  • polyunsaturated omega 3s, especially from animal sources (fatty fish and seafood)
  • You can find a complete guide to fats & oils in my post here. (which to use for cold use, which for high-heat cooking and which to avoid)

Nuts and seeds

  • macadamia nuts (very low in carbs, high in omega 3s)
  • pecans, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds
  • brazil nuts (
 Vegetables
  • leafy greens (Swiss chard, bok choy, spinach, lettuce, chard, chives, endive, radicchio, etc.)
  • some cruciferous vegetables like kale (dark leaf), kohlrabi, radishes
  • celery stalk, asparagus, cucumber, summer squash (zucchini, spaghetti squash), bamboo shoots

Vegetables, Mushrooms and Fruits (watch the carb count)

  • some cruciferous vegetables (white and green cabbage, red cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, fennel, turnips, rutabaga / swede)
  • nightshades (eggplant, tomatoes, peppers)
  • some root vegetables (parsley root), spring onion, leek, onion, garlic, mushrooms, winter squash (pumpkin)
  • sea vegetables (nori, kombu), okra, bean sprouts, sugar snap peas, wax beans, globe or French artichokes, water chestnuts
  • berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, mulberries, etc.)
  • coconut, rhubarb, olives

Fruits

  •  avocado

Beverages and Condiments

  • water , coffee, tea
  • pork rinds (cracklings) for “breading”
  • mayonnaise, mustard, pesto, bone broth, pickles, fermented foods (kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut)
  • all spices and herbs, lemon or lime juice and zest
  • ranch, blue cheese, vinaigrette dressing (watch for the carb count some dressings have sugars)
  • vinegar
  • whey protein (beware of additives, artificial sweeteners, hormones and soy lecithin), egg white protein and gelatin
  • healthy “zero-carb” sweeteners (Stevia, Swerve, Erythritol, etc.)
  • thickeners: arrowroot powder, xanthan gum (keep in mind xanthan gum is not paleo-friendly – some people following the paleo diet use it, as you only need a very little amount)
  • sugar-free tomato products (puree, ketchup)
  • cocoa and carob powder, extra dark chocolate (more than 70%, better 90% and beware of soy lecithin), cocoa powder
  • beware of sugar-free chewing gums and mints – some of them have carbs

Alcohol

  •  dry red wine, dry white wine, spirits (unsweetened) – avoid for weight loss, only for weight maintenance

Net Carbs in commonly used recommended foods

Animal products
Source Net Carbs (grams) Serving size
meat and fish 0 150 g / 5.3 oz
organ meats, liver (average) 3 150 g / 5.3 oz
prawns (cooked) 1.4 150 g / 5.3 oz
eggs 0.7 piece, large
cream (full-fat) 1.6 ¼ cup, 60 ml / 2 fl oz
butter 0 1 tbsp
cheese (hard) 0.4 30 g / 1 oz
cream cheese (full-fat) 1.6 ¼ cup, 50 g / 1.75 oz
Vegetables
Source Net Carbs (grams) Serving size
lettuce (sliced, average) 0.5 1 cup, 50 g / 1.75 oz
swiss chard, sliced 0.8 1 cup, 35 g / 1.25 oz
collard greens, sliced 0.8 1 cup, 35 g / 1.25 oz
bok choy, sliced 0.8 1 cup, 70 g / 2.4 oz
asparagus 2.7 150 g / 5.3 oz
green beans 6.4 150 g / 5.3 oz
summer squash (zucchini / courgette) 3.2 150 g / 5.3 oz
winter squash (pumpkin) 9 150 g / 5.3 oz
cucumber 2.2 150 g / 5.3 oz
spinach, cooked 1.2 ½ cup, 90 g / 3.2 oz
kale (Italian dark-leaf) 2.1 150 g / 5.3 oz
kale (curly) 5.4 150 g / 5.3 oz
savoy cabbage 4.5 150 g / 5.3 oz
cabbage (white) 5 150 g / 5.3 oz
cabbage (red) 7.9 150 g / 5.3 oz
celery stalk 1.6 3 medium, 120 g / 4.2 oz
peppers (green) 3.5 piece, 120 g / 4.2 oz
peppers (red) 4.7 piece, 120 g / 4.2 oz
tomatoes, chopped 4.8 1 cup, 180 g / 6.3 oz
eggplant (aubergine) 3.5 150 g / 5.3 oz
broccoli, chopped 6.1 150 g / 5.3 oz
cauliflower 4.5 150 g / 5.3 oz
mushrooms, white 3.4 150 g / 5.3 oz
mushrooms, brown 5.6 150 g / 5.3 oz
onion, white (sliced) 2.2 ¼ cup, 40 g / 1.4 oz
garlic 0.9 1 clove
Fruit
Source Net Carbs (grams) Serving size
strawberries, sliced 4.7 ½ cup, 85 g / 2.9 oz
raspberries 3.3 ½ cup, 62 g / 2.2 oz
blackberries 3.1 ½ cup, 72 g / 2.5 oz
blueberries 8.9 ½ cup, 74 g / 2.6 oz
avocado 3.7 piece, average (200 g / 7 oz)
Nuts & Seeds
Source Net Carbs (grams) Serving size
macadamia nuts 1.5 30 g / 1 oz
almonds 2.7 30 g / 1 oz
pecans 1.2 30 g / 1 oz
hazelnuts 2 30 g / 1 oz
walnuts 2 30 g / 1 oz
cashew nuts 7.6 30 g / 1 oz
pumpkin seeds 1.3 30 g / 1 oz
sunflower seeds 3.2 30 g / 1 oz
tahini (unsweetened sesame paste) 1.8 1 tbsp
chia seeds 0.4 1 tbsp
pistachio nuts 4.9 30 g / 1 oz
Condiments & Other
Source Net Carbs (grams) Serving size
almond milk (unsweetened) 0.3 ¼ cup, 60 ml / 2 fl oz
coconut milk 1.6 ¼ cup, 60 ml / 2 fl oz
coconut milk (creamed) 2.7 ¼ cup, 60 ml / 2 fl oz
olives 0.2 30 g / 1 oz
sauerkraut (solids only) 0.5 ¼ cup, 35 g / 1.25 oz
mustard 0.7 1 tbsp
tomato puree 5.7 1 tbsp
apple cider vinegar 0.1 1 tbsp
coconut aminos 1 1 tbsp
dark chocolate (85%) 5.7 30 g / 1 oz
coconut flour 3.2 ¼ cup, 30 g / 1 oz
almond flour 2.2 ¼ cup, 25 g / 0.9 oz
flax meal 0.6 ¼ cup, 38 g / 1.3 oz
psillium hush powder 1.4 ¼ cup, 16 g / 0.6 oz
Erythritol 0.5 1 tbsp
stevia (drops) < 0.1 ¼ tsp
wine (red, dry) 6 1 glass / 5 fl oz
wine (white, dry) 6 1 glass / 5 fl oz
spirits (sugar-free, ~ 40% vol) 0 1 jigger / 1.5 fl oz

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