Who said the ketogenic diet was all about eating bacon and butter? Sure, it’d be easy to focus on high-fat foods, since the keto diet is a strict, high-fat, moderate-protein, and very low-carb plan.
While ground beef, coconut oil, and cheese may have their place, focusing on vitamin- and mineral-rich plant foods, as well as eggs, can help you build a diet that’s rich in heart-healthy fats, digestion-friendly fiber, and, of course, flavor.
Chia Seeds for Pudding, Salad Dressings, and More
These little seeds fit perfectly into the keto diet because they are packed with fiber, protein, omega-3s, and magnesium. Chia is versatile, too. Use them to make puddings, as a replacement for eggs (for vegan or allergy sensitive keto-ers), add it to dressings, or make fiber and protein rich drinks with them.
Per 1-ounce serving: 138 calories, 8.7 grams (g) fat, 2.2 g net carbs, 4.7 g protein
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Eggs for a Quick Snack When Hard-Boiled
Eggs are the best almost-zero-carb food for a keto lifestyle. Make a big batch of hard-boiled eggs to have as snacks through the week, eat them plain or assemble snack plates with egg whites, meat sticks, cheese, olives, and pickles.
Per serving (1 egg): 78 calories, 5.3 g fat, 0.6 g net carbs, 6.3 g protein
Romaine Lettuce for the Foundation of Your Meals
Vegetables are often overlooked, but they’re very important, as they contain essential micronutrients and round out meals. A bag of lettuce can boost a pound of ground beef to a filling taco or a burger bowl. Chop up salami, ham, or another deli meat with cheese. Then simply mix with romaine and mayo for an easy and delicious meal.
Per 1-cup serving: 6 calories, 0.1 g fat, 0.2 g net carbs, 0.5 g protein
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Sauerkraut for a Gut-Friendly Boost
Not only is it low-carb, it boosts the flavor in meals, aids in gut health, helps digestion, and the liquid in the container is a great replacement for vinegar in dishes.
Per 2 tbsp serving: 5 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g net carbs, 0 g protein
Broccoli for Lots of Fiber and Vitamins
Not only is it full of vitamins, but it’s packed with fiber: One cup offers 2.3 grams of the nutrient. You can whip up so many different varieties of broccoli soup at home, which everybody loves. Making soup out of broccoli is quick, and it will keep you full for at least a couple of hours.
Per 1-cup (chopped) serving: 30 calories, 0.3 g fat, 3.6 g net carbs, 2.5 g protein
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