Keto Foods

Keto Food Principles

Minimize Carbs

Keep your carb-count to around 5g or less per meal to make sure you don’t exceed the recommended 25g of carbs per day. Check out our Carb Counter to make sure what you’re eating is keto-appropriate.

Use a Meal Plan

Putting together a tasty keto meal plan isn’t difficult if you plan ahead. Need help? Download our 7-Day Keto Meal Plan.

Or just make up your own meal following these simple steps.

Read the Ingredients

Keto is more popular than ever, which means there are more and more keto-friendly products on the market every day. Sadly, this also means the word “keto” has become misused as a marketing term for foods that no legitimate keto dieter would ever touch. Even the most keto-friendly looking cauliflower pizza crust can hide ingredients (like regular wheat flour), making it a carb hangover waiting to happen. This is why if it’s not on the Master Keto Food List, you must look for hidden carbs on the ingredients list.

Know Where to Shop

Knowing where to shop is going to make the keto lifestyle easier. We’ve had success at:

Now that you know what your meals should look like and where to buy the ingredients, all that’s left is to buy them. Enter our Master Keto Food List...

The Master Keto Foods List

Keto Vegetables

Despite the meat-and-cheese reputation, keto can include a ton of vegetables. These should be your main source of carbs, but you still need to be careful. The general rule of thumb is to stick to vegetables that are grown above the ground. Vegetables that grow below the ground, like carrots, potatoes, and sweet potatoes, tend to be high in carbs and should be avoided on keto. Your best bet is to aim for green veggies. 

Pro Tip: Try zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice to replace pasta. Ever tried jicama fries?

Keto Fruit

Try to limit fruit to one serving a day to manage carbs. Here are our top keto fruit choices:

Pro Tip: Enjoy keto fruits with a side of heavy cream or full-fat plain yogurt, put them in your smoothies, or just eat them plain.

Keto Protein

Protein is still important, even though keto is fat-centric. All meat is keto, but many high-fat enthusiasts go for fattier cuts like pork belly, chicken thighs, and high-fat ground beef. Watch out for hidden sugars and starches in processed meat. They can sneak in as marinades and fillers.

As far as food quality goes, buy the best you can afford. This means free-range, pasture-raised eggs and poultry, grass-fed beef, crate-free pork, sustainable and wild-caught fish, and organic everything if possible. Here are our top picks for meats, seafood, and vegan protein:

Keto Meats

Keto Seafood

Vegan and Vegetarian Keto Protein

Pro Tip: Cook your meat differently to keep things fresh. Try keto soups, stews, salads, or roasts. Or browse KetoLogic’s recipes for some delicious ideas.

Dairy and Dairy Substitutes

Keto is your excuse to enjoy dairy with reckless abandon. No wonder people love keto so much. Dairy and keto are a match made in heaven. This delicious, high-fat food group makes the perfect garnish for just about any meal or snack. If you don’t eat dairy, “coconut dairy” is about to become your best friend.

Keto Dairy

Keto Dairy Substitutes

Pro Tip: Add some heavy cream (dairy or coconut) to your morning coffee, prepare a beautiful charcuterie board with your favorite cheeses, or just enjoy a nice wedge of brie as a snack.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are high in fat, protein and, most importantly, taste. They’re a great snack or addition to any keto meal, both savory and sweet. 

Keto Nuts

Keto Seeds

Sauces, Fats, and Oils

Sauces and oils are a great way to increase the fat content on your plate (not to mention add some serious flavor). Avoid inflammatory oils such as sunflower and soy.

Keto Oils and Fats

Keto Sauces

Pro Tip: Put butter in your morning coffee or over your vegetables, add a creamy dressing to your salads, or be liberal with the cooking oil while making dinner.


Juice and soda are off the table, but there are plenty of other delicious low-carb options.

Keto Beverages

Pro Tip: Drinking on keto? Yes, it’s allowed...

Cooking and Baking Ingredients

If you enjoy cooking or baking, you’ve bought yourself a world of keto-possibilities. Here are some of our top ingredients. Okay, we’ll share our top recipes, too.

Keto Cooking and Baking Ingredients

Pro Tip: You can make delicious keto pancakes and waffles using simple keto ingredients.

Budget-Friendly Options

Fancy keto items like avocado oil and almond flour are great. But they’re also a little expensive and unnecessary if you’re on a budget. Here are some of the best value keto foods to help you stay in ketosis without going broke.

Specialty Items

Keto can get boring if you eat the same things day in and day out. So here’s a list of unusual keto foods if you're feeling adventurous: