So you’ve decided to go “Keto”. Good for you for making a lifestyle change and helping your body! There are so many recipes and endless food lists of what to eat and what not to eat. I’ve found if it’s too complicated, I won’t stick to it. I’m a busy working mom and I need simplicity in some areas. What do you buy when you go shopping while on keto? Here’s a simple weekly keto diet grocery list to get you started that will feed you and the whole family!
If you’re just beginning a keto diet, here’s some help:
And now on to something to help make your life easier!
This list goes along with a one week Keto Meal Plan I created – it’s fairly simple, there are some repeats because of time and budget issues, and you can add a few sides or swaps to feed the whole family.
I based the list on only the Keto portion of it – BUT – the amounts listed will be used for the four of us this week (this includes myself, the hubs, and two kids aged 10 and 8). In addition, there are some things on the list like condiments that I won’t have to buy each week.
Keto Diet Shopping List
We do weekly grocery shopping here. I know there are some people who are super organized and can meal plan for a month or more, but for us, weekly works best. So this list will get you through one week of keto meals and snacks. This is assuming you are the only one in the house that’s strictly keto. If you’ve got more, increase the quantities.
First, why meal plan?
I meal plan with the intention of trying to save money and things have to stay relatively simple. So we eat leftovers and there are some repeats, especially with breakfast and lunch. It’s just not feasible for me to eat a different meal every day, three times a day, and not waste food. Particularly because I’ve got three other mouths that want to eat and they aren’t doing keto or any other special food plan. I’m not a short-order cook so everyone has to eat some variation of the same meal for dinner. Which means I need practical and budget-friendly or else I’d spend the whole weekly budget on just keto meals. And I’m a picky eater so my meals often stay the same.
And for what it’s worth – the healthiest and fittest people I meet at the gym eat the same things every day. For the most part, their meal plans stay the same with some small variations. It may sound boring and it’s definitely not a one size fits all.
If you love to cook elaborate meals and have the time and money, this will be super fun for you and I wish I could live with you!
Keto Grocery Shopping List
****First, check out this post on a keto meal plan – this will give you an idea of what exactly I’m eating each day, including snacks. Then the grocery list will make sense. And if there’s something you don’t love in the meal plan, feel free to substitute and adjust your shopping list.
This shopping list is for the keto part of our meal plan. I’m a busy working mom with two kids so when I shop, it’s a one and done for the week. I don’t make multiple trips if possible. I make a meal plan based on not only keto but also to feed the whole family without making a million separate meals. – I’m including one week’s worth of keto meals. I’m not including the non-keto foods that my kids will be eating. Only keto breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Now keep in mind, I don’t like seafood so this plan won’t include it. I am planning a few more weekly meal plans around a Keto diet that will include all the keto-approved foods.
Meats/Proteins: (this is enough to feed two adults and two children for one week)
- one pound of hot sausage (or go mild if you don’t like the heat)
- two packages of bacon
- 2 dozen large eggs
- a pound of roast beef from the deli counter
- a pound of deli turkey
- 2 pounds of ground beef
- 1&1/2 pounds of sirloin steak
- 10 chicken breasts (or you can cut the cost significantly by using a whole chicken and cutting it yourself)
- one package of pepperoni slices
- two bags of spinach
- two bags of romaine lettuce
- 4 peppers – red/yellow/orange, whatever you like
- garlic bulb
- one container of raspberries
- one container of strawberries
- 3 cucumbers
- one bunch of asparagus
- one bunch of broccoli
- one zucchini
- two containers of cherry or grape tomatoes
- 4 lemons
- provolone cheese slices
- 1 pound of Colby jack or cheddar cheese
- parmesan cheese – grated or shaved
- 8 ounces of mozzarella cheese
- sour cream
- full-fat yogurt – make sure you are buying one that’s not loaded with sugars
- anchovy paste
- hot sauce (check the carbs before you buy)
- red wine vinegar
- extra virgin olive oil
- salt/pepper/dry mustard (if you don’t already have these)
- salsa (again, check the labels to find one low in carbs – carbs can sneak in most packaged items)
So there you have it – a whole week’s worth of keto shopping.
***And don’t forget – this keto diet list pairs up exactly with this keto meal plan – click this link. ***
From past shopping trips, we spend around $130-160 per week on groceries for all four of us. We make lunches for the kids each day to take to school and if we’re being super good, we take our lunches too. We try to limit eating out, but we do a few times a month.
Weekly grocery budgets can vary tremendously based on special dietary needs, where you live, if you shop in multiple stores, how many mouths you’re feeding, and so on. There’s no magic number as long as it’s within your means. $130-160 a week may seem excessive to some or it may seem incredibly low. My kids are still elementary-aged, so obviously if you’ve got a household with three teenagers, your budget and portions may have to increase.
But whatever your budget and however many mouths you’re feeding, it’s possible to make a keto diet work for you. And you won’t have to cook everyone a separate meal to accommodate your diet plan. Keto doesn’t have to be crazy expensive or time-consuming. It just takes a little planning.
Happy shopping and don’t forget to pin it for later!