For Keto Diet Lovers, grocery shopping trips may cause time wastage or money waste if you head to the store without a plan. If you’re following a low carb or ketogenic lifestyle, Please follow the complete Guide about Low Carb (KETO) Grocery Shopping which includes the top grocery shopping tips at first to make sure every grocery haul is a success & secondly you have to keep in mind the key items to add to your next grocery list carefully.
The Best Grocery Shopping Tips
1. Establish a routine & stick to it
- Stock up on essentials in bulk (e.g., olive oil, nuts, heavy cream, eggs) to avoid having to routinely repurchase your go-to items.
- Target a certain day of the week that works best for your schedule so you always have time set aside time to shop.
2. Always do shopping with a grocery list
- Map out meals and snacks for the week before shopping to make sure you leave with everything you need.
- Commit to sticking to your list so you won’t even bat an eye at that cake on sale.
- No more aimlessly roaming the aisles: a well thought out list will help you be more efficient.
3. Never do shopping with an empty stomach
- If you shop hungry, you raise your chances of a falling prey to high carb junk.
4. Focus on the perimeter of the store
- Here you’ll find most of your list items: fresh foods like non-starchy vegetables, berries, eggs, dairy, meat, fish and poultry.
- Simply skip the inner aisles that are riddled with processed carbs like chips and cookies.
- Make an exception for the freezer section (frozen veggies are a big money saver!) and when you need to pick up certain canned goods, oils, condiments, and other acceptable items.
5. Think twice about specialty “low carb” and “sugar-free” products
- While a ketogenic lifestyle might include occasional low carb specialty products (e.g., sugar-free Jell-O, barbeque sauce or whipped cream), the majority of your grocery bounty should be minimally processed, whole, nourishing foods.
- When in doubt, scan the nutrition label to make sure a product won’t derail your progress toward your health goals.
- Make an exception for specialty items worth a couple extra bucks if they will save you significant time and effort (e.g., pre-riced cauliflower).
6. Prefer to do online shopping
- Is your schedule slammed this week? Most chain grocery stores ranging from Walmart to Whole Foods now offer curbside pickup or home delivery services — let them do some of the work for you.
- “Favorite” or curate a saved list on the grocery shopping platform ahead of time to make ordering even more of a sinch.
Key Items to Add to Your Next Grocery List
- Berries (strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry)
- Beans (green, yellow, wax)
- Bok choy
- Brussels sprouts
- Green beans
- Greens (mustard, collard, spinach)
- Lemons and limes
- Lettuce (Romaine, arugula, spring mix, iceberg, endive, escarole)
- Peppers (green, red, orange/yellow)
- Snow peas
- Spaghetti squash
- Zucchini/summer squash
Pro tip: Fresh and frozen vegetables are equally healthy, so pick some of these up from the freezer aisle so you’ll always have veggie options on hand.
Meat, Fish and Poultry
- Beef steaks and chops
- Deli meat*
- Canned tuna and salmon
- Charcuterie and other cured meats (e.g., salami and prosciutto)
- Chicken (opt for skin on)
- Ground beef (opt for 12% fat or greater)
- Pork steaks and chops
- Shrimp and shellfish
- Wild game (e.g, bison, deer, elk)
*These often contain starchy fillers and/or added sugars. Always scan the nutrition label first to pick the option with the fewest carbs and added mystery ingredients.
- Cheeses (e.g., blue, cheddar, goat, swiss)
- Cottage cheese (full fat)
- Cream cheese
- Greek yogurt (plain, full fat)
- Half and half
- Heavy cream
- Sour cream
Nuts And Seeds
- All natural peanut and almond butter*
- Macadamia nuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
*Look for ‘natural’ nut butters with no added sugar and avoid those containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Peanuts have a higher carb content than some other nut options, so proceed with caution when it comes to portion sizes. PS: fun fact, peanuts are not really nuts — they are legumes.
Oils/Cooking Fats, Salad Dressings and Mayonnaise
Opt for dressings and mayonnaise made from oils with higher saturated and monounsaturated fat contents, such as canola, olive, or avocado oil. Avoid those made with soybean, vegetable, corn, or other oils high in polyunsaturated fat content. Be sure to pick out salad dressings with 2 grams of carbohydrates or less per serving.
- Cindy’s Kitchen
- Just Dressing
- Primal Kitchen
- T. Marzetti Simply Dressed
- Hampton Creek
- Hellmann’s with canola or olive oil
- Primal Kitchen with avocado oil
- Spectrum Organic with canola or olive oil
- Trader Joe’s Real Mayonnaise
- Avocado oil
- Beef tallow
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil, extra virgin
- Palm oil
- Almond flour
- Almond milk (unsweetened)
- Bouillon cubes
- Coconut flour
- Coconut milk
- Low sugar ketchup and BBQ sauce (Be careful to check the labels!)
- Parmesan crisps
- Pork rinds
- Sucralose (i.e., Splenda)
- Sugar-free gelatin
- Xanthan gum
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