The key to sticking to keto guidelines is focusing on what you can eat, not what you’re cutting out.
If you’re unsure about what’s safe to snack on, you are in luck. We have picked out our favorite, keto-friendly foods that will make eating a fat-centric diet easy and, dare we say it, enjoyable.
¼ Avocado: 80 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (3 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 1 g protein
Avocados are one of the best keto diet foods thanks to their high healthy fat content and low carbohydrate count.
Just avoid pairing this fatty fruit with chips or toast in order to adhere to ketogenic principles – instead, enjoy it as a topping to your salad, baked with an egg inside, or as a side to your morning bacon and eggs.
¼ Cup: 210 calories, 20 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (3 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 5 g protein
Walnuts are an excellent source of fat and protein, which makes them a healthy choice for most kinds of meal plans. Their high-fat content and zero sugar status make them a must for keto devotees.
¼ Cup: 170 calories, 14 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (4 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 6 g protein
Another protein-packed pick, almonds are a great choice for keto dieters. The combination of fat, protein, and fiber is an ideal trio when it comes to annihilating hunger and stopping cravings in their tracks.
1 Cup: 25 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (1 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 1 g protein
Whether you prefer this veggie as a mashed potato stand-in or masquerading as rice, cauliflower is an ideal substitute for many starchy meals and snacks. With just two measly grams of sugar in an entire cup, it is safe to eat with abandon.
1 Egg: 70 calories, 4 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 6 g protein
Scrambled, boiled, poached, or fried, all varieties of eggs are welcome on the keto diet. With a healthy dose of both fat and protein, the ratio of macronutrients makes this protein one of our go-to keto diet foods.
1 Cup: 20 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 8 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (1 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 2 g protein
Mushrooms’ meaty texture makes them one of the most satisfying vegetables around. They also happen to be particularly low in sugar and carbohydrates, a dream come true for people going keto.
7. Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp: 80 calories, 9 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein
This tropical oil has faced some controversy in recent years, but its high-fat content makes it a staple for keto dieters. Whether you use it in a salad dressing or to saute your favorite cut of steak, coconut oil is a ketogenic mainstay.
8. Cheddar Cheese
¼ Cup Shredded: 110 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 7 g protein
When it comes to maximizing your fat intake, hard cheeses like cheddar have an edge over softer options like goat or feta. Don’t be afraid to place a couple of slices atop your next (bun-free) burger.
1 Slice: 80 calories, 7 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 4 g protein
A diet that welcomes bacon may sound too good to be true, but it is a reality for the ketogenic diet. With zero carbohydrates and no sugar, feel free to enjoy this breakfast staple at all hours of the day (or night).
10. Almond Butter
1 Tbsp: 100 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 3 g protein
Pick this nut butter over the peanut variety if you’re trying to minimize your carb intake. An equal portion of peanut butter has two extra grams of carbs and not as much healthy monounsaturated fat.