What Can You Eat on a Keto Diet?

A list of keto-friendly foods that you can enjoy on a low-carb diet. Figure out what carbs, proteins, and fats that you should be eating!

Eating on a keto diet is simple – avoid carbs, eat a lot of protein, and fall in love with fat. 

However, just saying avoid carbs and eat proteins and fats isn’t really right either. Let me break it down a little more. Eat some carbs, but stay below a certain amount, and don’t eat any bread or sugar! Fill up with proteins to keep you full and eat as much as you need. Eat fat to give you sustained energy throughout the day, but limit your fat intake if you are trying to lose weight. 

What types of foods can you eat in these categories specifically though? Knowing foods you can eat will help you as you transition into a ketogenic diet. 

Here are some examples of the carbs, proteins, and fats that you can eat on a low-carb diet! 

Carbs

Limit these, but enjoy throughout the day! Your carbs will give you the nutrients that you need and the fiber in them will keep you regular. Just remember to not overeat these things as they will kick you out of ketosis. You’ll notice that most of these items are vegetables, but not all vegetables are keto friendly (corn and potatoes have way too many carbs to even enjoy a bite). Most fruits are a no-no as well. You could have a quarter of a banana, but that’s not worth it for me to eat all my carbs in a small amount of food.

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower 
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach 
  • Kale
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Squash 
  • Zucchini 
  • Jalapeños 
  • Berries
spread of vegetables

Protein

Eat as much protein as you want until you are full! Most proteins are 0 carbs so they will not kick you out of ketosis. I prefer proteins with a higher fat content (like a ribeye over a filet) because that extra fat really fills me up. If you are trying to also reduce your calories, go for leaner meat like a chicken breast.

  • Chicken Breast
  • Chicken Wings
  • Steak
  • Pork
  • Eggs
  • Salmon
  • Burgers
  • Sausage
  • Seafood
  • Shrimp
  • Ground Beef
  • Deli Meat
  • Sardines
  • Canned Tuna
Platter of red meat

Fat

Eat for energy, but limit it if you can. You want to use fat for energy and if you are losing weight your body fat will energize your body. If you are extra tired one day though, eat some extra fat to give you some pep! Most fats are 0 carbs, but some are not (nuts and avocados for example). 

  • Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Mayo
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Cream Cheese
  • Avocados
  • Nuts
  • Hemp and Chia Seeds
  • Olives
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
Olive Oil

This is just a small list to give you examples so make sure to do some extra research to see if something you love is keto-friendly! Find the carbs, proteins, and fats that you enjoy eating! 

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