The number one reason people tend to give up on their diets is the fact that they become monotonous and boring at some point. And even though ketogenic diets are immensely beneficial and healthy for you, the truth is that they can become dull after a while.

The best thing to do in this case is to categorize your keto-friendly ingredients because you will always come up with new ways to combine some of them. For example, instead of eating steak and eggs every day, mix it up a bit and add some avocado and other healthy veggies, topped off with a keto-friendly condiment.

 
So, let’s get right into our first category — vegetables! When it comes to veggies, you will be on the safe side when it comes to just about any vegetables you come across, but only for the sake of categorizing everything, we will list some of your go-to keto-friendly choices:

·         Celery
·         Cabbage
·         Chives
·         Artichoke
·         Cucumber
·         Lettuce
·         Olives
·         Spinach
·         Tomatoes
·         Cherry tomatoes
·         Radicchio
·         Peppers
·         Eggplant
·         Mushrooms
·         Brussels sprouts
·         Radishes
·         Arugula
·         Avocado, etc.


When it comes to veggies and meat, they include the widest variety of choices for your cooking, and not only is mixing them up healthy, but it is easy and tasty! Vegetables have a low-carb content (the ones listed here have roughly less than 3 grams of net carbs per cup), which is precisely what makes them an essential part of your diet.
 
Ketogenic diet plans include high-fat and low-carb ingredients, meaning that meat is one of the most critical parts of your diet. You will be safe with the majority of it when it comes to grocery shopping; however, there are some meat types to avoid.

Seafood and shellfish tend to have a higher carb content than recommended, but this does not mean that you have to completely avoid them — just that you should not eat them on a daily basis. For example, ¼ lb squid can have up to 9 grams of net carbs; this does not mean that it is not keto-friendly, but that you can eat it from time to time to maintain optimal carb intake!


Another thing to keep in mind is that meats bulked out with flour (sausage, hot dogs, economy burgers, “chicken shapes,” etc.) are both unhealthy and have a high-carb content, meaning they are to be avoided at all costs! You’ll cheer up once you remember that you can eat chicken, tuna, beef, turkey, sardines, bacon, and salmon!

Now, when it comes to cooking your delicious meats and veggies, you will want to use keto-friendly oils. It’s time to say goodbye to sunflower oil, and go shopping for its healthier counterparts.

Your body needs its fats and oils, especially on a ketogenic diet, so get yourself some grass-fed butter, coconut oil (which is keto dieters’ favorite), olive oil, sesame seed oil, walnut oil, grape seed oil, lard, canola oil, flaxseed oil or safflower oil.

These are all some healthy substitutes for sunflower oil, and you probably won’t be able to tell the difference — and if you do, it will be better than before! Another thing when it comes to fats, remember that you can also use smaller amounts of mayonnaise and full-fat cheese when cooking!

As for your favorite herbs and spices, you’ll be happy to hear that not one of them is leaving your spice shelf anytime soon! Herbs and spices are usually quite healthy and have little-to-no carbs whatsoever, but some of them are more beneficial for your health than others. Cayenne pepper, mustard seed, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, garlic, ginseng, and black pepper are just some of the spices that will help you burn fat more easily!
 
Now, on a sweeter note, you may have been wondering whether all fruits are keto-friendly. Unfortunately, the answer is no. Most fruits have more sugars than you can include in your diet plan, meaning that your fruit smoothies are going to be strawberry, raspberry, melon, currant, cranberry, blackberry, blueberry, and cherry-flavored from now on. You can also mix these fruits with some almonds, cashews, peanuts, macadamias, shredded coconut, pistachios, walnuts, etc. and make a tasty fruit salad!
 
As for the dieters who enjoy having a drink now and then, the number one thing to keep in mind is that your “beer days” are over. Just one pint of beer can have up to 10 grams of net carbs — definitely not worth it, right? But don’t despair, you can still go out and order some bourbon, gin, rum, scotch, and vodka. These drinks have no carbs whatsoever, but hey, don’t overdo it!
 
Well, your grocery list is ready to go! Get yourself these keto-friendly items and keep your diet fun and healthy. Happy dieting!

Published by Mudassar Ali