Just like any way of eating, preparation is key. You will fail if you are not prepared! If you don’t have keto friendly foods on hand and ready to go, and you live with others that do not follow the diet you can be setting yourself for failure. Having a good base of foods can also be helpful when there is no time to plan for an actual meal, you miss grocery shopping day, or need a quick snack but want to keep it keto. This can also be helpful for somebody just starting out and looking for a shopping list.
I do not have the luxury of having an only keto kitchen as my husband does not follow the diet and my daughter does not either. This means that the temptation for Doritos, marshmallows, Nutrigrain bars, and Nutella are always there. Fortunately, right next to those items I have keto friendly substitutes that I grab instead. Some I can readily get at the grocery store and some need to be specially ordered online.
I am not going to include much protein in this list, just because even though they are usually always on hand, they tend to be frozen. Most people have a bag of frozen chicken and some ground beef in their freezers.
Pantry – I have linked some of my favorites
For the Fridge and Freezer these are further below!
You can always see this related blog post about protein powder.
These all depend as well on your preferences. Some may like other veggies and not like pickles. The idea is to stock up on items that take no prep but are keto friendly. When I am not really in the mood to cook or don’t have all the ingredients, but want to eat something, I might have some tuna from a can, or make a quick buffalo chicken dip. I might have some frozen shrimp and make a quick horseradish cocktail sauce.
Eggs are always a standard since they are so versatile. I can make hard boiled eggs for salads, make scrambled eggs, egg salad, deviled eggs, and so much more.
The different cheeses come in handy if you want to make some quick fathead crackers using your pantry items as well.