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Keto Shopping List

As you begin a ketogenic diet, grocery shopping may become a confusing task. You may begin to question each item, unsure if it supports or hinders your new eating approach. Is this the right kind of fat? What cut of meat should I be buying? Does this constitute “very low carb”?

I created this guide to simplify your trip to the grocery store—and I even include a Printable PDF Checklist you can take with you. Of course, don’t feel like you have to buy every item listed. See these as options to get you started, and customize as you go along.

Here’s a breakdown by section in the typical grocery store or farmer’s market. I also suggest considering online resources like Butcher Box and Thrive Market for good deals as well as co-ops and Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) shares.

Produce (or Frozen)

vegetables on the wooden table

Leafy Greens:

  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Swiss chard
  • Romaine or red/green lettuces
  • Purslane
  • Dandelion greens
  • Watercress
  • Beet greens
  • Endive
  • Bok choy

Cruciferous Veggies:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage (red and green)
  • Kale
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Collard greens

Other Produce:

  • Avocados
  • Mushrooms (all varieties)
  • Zucchini
  • Summer squash
  • Asparagus
  • Green beans
  • Fiddlehead ferns
  • Broccolini
  • Cucumbers
  • Leeks
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Yellow onions
  • White onions
  • Red onions
  • Green onions
  • Okra
  • Eggplant
  • Artichokes
  • Sprouts
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Rhubarb
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Berries


Dairy (prioritize pastured and organic varieties)

Set from dairy products on wooden table

Hard Cheeses:

  • Emmental
  • Cheddar
  • Gouda
  • Swiss
  • Parmesan

Soft Cheeses/Spreads:

  • Brie
  • Feta
  • Blue
  • Queso
  • Goat cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Creme Fraise

Other Dairy:

  • Full-fat cottage cheese
  • Full-fat Greek or regular plain yogurt
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Half & half



Different types of fresh raw meat on dark wooden background.


  • Sardines
  • Trout
  • Salmon
  • Bivalves (oysters, mussels, clams, scallops)
  • Wild shrimp
  • Halibut
  • Flounder
  • Cod
  • Scallops
  • Sole
  • Tilapia
  • Trout
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Bass
  • Anchovies


  • Chicken thighs, legs, wings
  • Chicken breast
  • Turkey legs
  • Turkey breasts
  • Ground turkey
  • Duck thigh/breast
  • Lamb (chops, steaks, ground)
  • Ground beef (prioritize grass-fed)
  • Beef steaks and roasts (prioritize grass-fed)
  • Pork chops and roasts (prioritize pastured)
  • Organ meats (prioritize pastured and organic)

Cured Meats (sugar-free)

  • Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Prosciutto
  • Ham
  • Beef jerky
  • Salami


  • Chicken eggs (pastured, organic preferred)
  • Duck eggs
  • Quail eggs
  • Goose eggs


Packaged and Bulk Bin Foods


  • Wild sardines
  • Anchovies
  • Canned herring
  • Wild salmon
  • Wild tuna
  • Coconut manna (a.k.a. coconut butter)
  • Cashew or almond butter (choose no-sugar, natural varieties)
  • Nut bars with very low carb count and no artificial sweeteners or soy
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • Pecans
  • Hazelnuts
  • Salsa
  • Broths
  • Olives/pickles
  • Fermented foods (preferably refrigerated) like sauerkraut


Healthy Fats and Oils

Fats and Condiments


Herbs and Spices

Various herbs and spices on wooden table

  • Sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Cayenne
  • Cumin
  • Cilantro
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Bay leaf
  • Oregano
  • Dill
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Chili powder
  • Saffron
  • Cardamon
  • Paprika


Cooking/Baking Supplies

cocoa beans, spices and pieces of chocolate on the wooden table

  • Coconut flour
  • Almond flour
  • Hazelnut flour
  • Shredded and/or shaved coconut
  • Flax seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Cocoa powder
  • Stevia
  • Monk fruit extract
  • 85-100% dark chocolate




  • Unsweetened nut milks (e.g. cashew milk, almond milk)
  • Unsweetened full-fat coconut milk
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Broths

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