In general, it is best to use ingredients from these following food groups:
- Fats & Oils. Try to get your fat from natural sources like meat and nuts. Supplement with saturated and monounsaturated fats like coconut oil, butter, olive oil, and avocado oil.
- Try to stick with organic, pasture-raised, and grass-fed meat where possible. Most meats don’t have added sugar in them, so they can be consumed in moderate quantity.
- Fresh or frozen doesn’t matter. Stick with above ground vegetables, especially leafy/green produce. Not sure exactly what this means? Use our low carb vegetable guide to clear up any confusion.
- Most dairy is fine, but make sure to buy full-fat dairy items that have the fewest carbs.
- Nuts and Seeds. Since many nuts and seeds have some carbs, try to use fattier nuts like macadamias and almonds.
- Stay simple and stick to mostly water. You can flavor it with stevia-based water enhancers or lemon/lime juice if you’d like. For more keto-friendly drink options, check out our complete guide to keto drinks and beverages.
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