To succeed on a keto diet, you really need to have your food game dialed in.
The first step is identifying WHICH keto foods are great for this style of eating. And then preparing them and eating them in a way that helps you get and stay in ketosis – and ultimately burn a lot of fat.
Today I want to talk about which keto foods are amazing. You should really try and make these foods a big part of your keto diet.
There are a lot of foods that are “keto”, but then there are the best keto foods because in one way or another, they really help you get into ketosis and stay there – while giving you the nutrition you need.
And that’s really the purpose of this blog post is to share which keto foods are the best and how I use them, and get you thinking about how you can incorporate them into your diet as well.
10 Keto Superfoods
Avocados are amazing because they are first and foremost filled with healthy fats. They also contain a lot of potassium which you’ll need on keto. They’re also super easy to eat because you can spoon feed yourself it and be done in just a few minutes. They go well for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and you can make smoothies with them too.
The one major drawback of avocados is that they are high in carbs. Yes, most of the carbs are fiber (fiber is a type of carb), however if you count total carbs instead of net carbs, it can make it hard to keep total carbs really low (20grams or less) when you eat an avocado. The goal of ketosis is to keep insulin levels low.. and I have seen some evidence that even though fiber is not digested, it can raise insulin levels.
I still eat avocados for their nutrients, especially its high fat content and potassium content.
Bacon is one of the most amazing keto foods because it’s very high in fat and not overbearing in protein. But most of all, bacon is extremely tasty (but you already knew that).
I have 3 strips of bacon almost every day. It helps bring my fats up while not overloading on protein. I find bacon goes with just about any plate of food too.
I try and buy high quality bacon. For starters, bacon that is not injected with hormones or steroids. And humanely raised. Pigs eat just about anything, so I’m not as picky about what they eat, but I definitely prefer vegetarian non GMO fed pigs.
I would say of all the keto foods you could eat, bacon is probably the one I’d have the hardest time giving up. It’s just so tasty and high in fat, it’s hard not to have it.
One of my go-to vegetables is asparagus. It’s a big part of my keto diet because it is very low calories and low carbs. It’s a nutritious vegetable as well (but there are many nutritious veggies). Again, it’s very low in carbs and low in overall calories – and that’s why it’s a great keto food.
I really enjoy cooking asparagus in bacon grease. I eat bacon and asparagus together pretty often. I also salt my asparagus with a lot of pink himalayan salt. The bacon grease and pink salt make them incredibly delicious.
Of all the keto foods you should be eating, eggs is probably at the very top. I know some people can’t do eggs and that’s unfortunate. Egg yolks (yellow part) is perhaps the MOST nutrient dense food on the entire planet. So just this reason alone you should be incorporating eggs into your keto diet.
Eggs are also a great keto good because they contain zero carbs (some eggs might have half a carb) and are high in fat and protein. The egg whites is where most of the protein is. The yolk is where most of the vitamins and minerals are.
I like to eat my eggs cooked in bacon grease or butter. Both will add more fat to your eggs and make them tastier. For breakfast, eggs and bacon are powerhouses to get fats in first thing (along with a bulletproof coffee too I suppose).
I don’t blame you if you can’t do liver. It’s definitely got a unique taste that isn’t for everyone. HOWEVER, liver is also one of the most nutrient dense foods in the entire world (perhaps right behind an egg). So try and eat this if you can.
Liver is an organ meat, and organ meats are inexpensive because people generally don’t like to eat it. Which is great for you. Organic liver is not even that expensive. For it’s nutrients and price, there is very few foods (if any) that is better bang for your buck in terms of getting your moneys worth.
The one (small) drawback of liver is that it is mostly protein. It’s not that eating protein is bad, however a lot of people struggle with eating enough fats while keeping protein low. People tend to go overboard on proteins and eating liver can make it a little more difficult to get your macros right for the day.
6. Coconut Oil
A banger of an oil, coconut oil has a ton of healthy saturated fats. Don’t believe anyone or any article that says coconut oil is bad for you. This is all old and outdated news. Coconut oil is incredibly healthy for you and has been improperly vilified (fats in general have been vilified).
Coconut oil is great because it’s a very stable oil (won’t go rancid under normal conditions). You can use it to cook a lot of different foods and it has a decently high smoke point. You can also add it into your coffee to get more fats in. A premium jar of coconut oil is also very reasonably priced and you will find them on sale all the time
7. Olive Oil
It’s my favorite oil to drizzle on salads and to make salad dressings with. It really really helps me get enough fats in for the day when I had a large salad. I drizzle very generously and as long as I don’t go overboard, the salad tastes amazing with more fats.
Olive oil is also a very healthy oil. Make sure to get cold pressed oil. Just buy the good quality stuff. Olive oil isn’t too expensive either it’s worth buying the high quality stuff.
My third super fat is butter. It’s another saturated fat that is incredibly healthy for you. I mostly like to use butter to cook vegetables of all kinds. It’s my go to oil for that. For example, I lightly cook broccoli in butter and then sprinkle salt, pepper, and other different spices in depending on how I feel, and it’s a perfect high fat low carb low meal.
9. Grass Fed Beef
If I could eat grass fed beef every day I would. Firstly, I love beef. And fatty cuts of grass fed beef would be a staple in my diet without question if it wasn’t so expensive.
Beef (grass fed variety) is filled with tons of vitamins and minerals and is better for you nutrient wise than a lot of super food vegetables. And fatty cuts of meats are so incredibly tasty.
The real issue with beef is that it’s really really really expensive. It’s more of a luxury food for me that I have here and there. I do eat conventional meat but I keep it to a minimum. It doesn’t make a big part of my diet because these meats have been injected with steroids, hormones, and don’t have the good health of a grass fed and finished cow. Also, all the toxins of an animal go to the fats. So I don’t want to be eating too many fatty cuts of less than healthy cows.
Spinach (a type of leafy green) needs to be a big part of your keto diet. As I mentioned earlier, a lot of veggies have great nutrients you need, but for one reason or another, it’s not good for keto (usually because it has too many carbs).
Spinach (and other leafy greens) are low in carbs and very very nutrient dense. Spinach in particular is very high in potassium and magnesium, two major electrolytes you need on keto. I really
I really like leafy greens because a handful of it tuns into almost nothing when you lightly cook it. They are also “leafy” which means they have a lot of surface area to soak up olive and avocado oil that I drizzle on it.
Make sure to buy organic leafy greens. Again, they are leafy, which also means they have a lot of surface area to collect pesticides. Organic leafy greens are only a bit more money than non-organic varieties. So it’s a no brainer.
Keto Diet Resources You May Find Useful
The keto diet has been popular for a few years already but is finally now truly exploding in popularity because the truth is coming out about how you actually lose fat and what you actually need to eat for overall optimal health.
If you’re new to keto and need guidance, or you want to start this diet and need resources like cookbooks and keto health info to get you started, I’ll share with you some of my favorite ones below:
Keto Camp is a keto diet guide for beginners that’s well rounded with keto information on general health, using a keto diet specifically to lose weight, and it comes with cookbook and workout resources to burn more fat. If you’re looking for something to get you started, this is a great one.
Keto Diet Cookbook is a really good keto cookbook especially for beginners and people who aren’t great at cooking. The recipes are simple and effective, and they will help you lose weight faster. The bonus material will give you a strong foundation of keto knowledge as well. If you’re looking for a great cookbook and want to deepen your understanding of keto, this is a great choice.