Pantry Staples For a Keto and Low Carb Lifestyle
If you are starting a Keto lifestyle, go you! I limit my sugar and try to eat healthy carbs, and Team Manager Stacy and her fam eat 100% low carb and keto, and have for years! There are many great benefits to making this change. Check out our post HERE learn how to get started. It will take work and a positive mindset, and we’re here to help!
Here are several keto staples that you’ll need to succeed. You can do it!
7 Keto Pantry Staples:
1. Leafy greens
Your leafy greens will be your new best friend. For example, kale, spinach, collared greens, swiss chard, arugula, and watercress. You could make so many delicious salads with these.
2. Other Vegetables
Other vegetables are also a great source for a keto diet. You’ll want veggies like broccoli, bell peppers, avocado (technically a fruit), cucumbers, olives, and mushrooms, just to name a few. You want to avoid starchy vegetables — so no potatoes of any kind! Tomatoes are allowed in moderate amounts – they are sugary and thus, carb rich. If you don’t already have a favorite, check out the Best Fruit and Vegetable Cutters.
Cheese will be your other best friend on a keto diet. You can essentially get any cheese, such as brie, cottage cheese, feta, cheddar, or goat cheese. You can also enjoy keto approved snacks like Whisps Cheese Crisp Chips, Moon Cheese Bites, and Keto Farms Cheese and Nut Mix.
4. Nut Milks, Heavy Cream and Butter
Heavy Cream and real butter are another fab part of a keto diet. It is preferable to get nut milk, like Unsweetened Almond Milk. Also use full-fat heavy cream and real butter. You might enjoy this Heavy Cream Powder for recipes like Low-Carb Hot Chocolate or Keto Chocolate Whipped Cream.
Since meat is a good source of protein, you’ll need to include it in your diet. My personal favorite is chicken, but you can also get meats such as bacon, ham, beef, duck, pork or turkey. Don’t forget to add seafood and fish! Most meat is very low carb. Just watch that any meat you select does not have any added sugar (honey ham is a no no). You might also like these Pork Rind Crumbs that are perfect for making delicious keto recipes like Crunchy Air Fryer Avocado Fries, Keto Bread and Keto Chicken Nuggets. Don’t forget to check and see if The Savory Butcher delivers to your area. It’s a great way to get fresh, high-quality meat that is so much cheaper than the grocery store!
Eggs are another great source of protein, and they’re so versatile. Try your hand at making Fluffy Scrambled Eggs with Asparagus or Avocado Deviled Eggs. Remember that making hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot is super easy and the shells practically fall off when you peal them. Try it out for yourself. You will never go back!
7. Healthy Oils and Fats
You’ll also want healthy oils and fats! Ditch the canola and vegetable oils and grab healthy avocado or coconut oil. Watch for sugar hiding in condiments, dressings, and sauces. AND remember sugar free does NOT mean that it is healthy or low carb — There are 100+ different ways that sugar can be hidden on nutrition labels. If you want to sweeten a meal, use a natural sweetener such as Monk Fruit Zero Calorie Sweetener or Stevia Natural Sweetener.
Let me know if there is anything you would add to this list! Also, be sure to check out this great list of keto friendly recipes!
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