What to Eat on the Keto Diet to Stay on Track

four servings of keto friendly meals

Keto Diet Foods: What to Eat and What to Avoid

Understanding nutrition on a ketogenic diet

Let's say you've decided that a keto diet may work for you. Perhaps you've read our guide to keto and think the health benefits (regulated blood sugar levels and improved blood pressure) and the possibility of weight loss are exactly what you're looking for.

This blog will help you learn what is keto diet, meal plan, and actually enumerate the foods to eat and the foods to avoid as you take your body into a metabolic state of ketosis.

Low carb junction: the rules revisited

A quick refresher before we get granular. The ketogenic diet works by reducing your net carbs to near-zero levels, forcing the body to find an alternative fuel source: stored body fat. It is a low-carb high-fat diet.

Your fat is transformed in the liver into ketones, energy molecules that then power your muscles and brain.

Without proper fat intake, your body won't have anything to use for energy, so it's critical that you supplement the calories you used to get from carbs with good fats and proteins.

A bowl of Broccoli and carrots

The importance of net carbs

Carbs we get from dietary fiber are processed differently by the body; they're actually subtracted from the non-fiber carbs in your diet calculus.

Here's how:

Add up the carbs in everything you eat and subtract the carbs from fiber. Your total carbs minus fiber equals your net carbs.

The average person on a ketogenic diet can consume 15-30g of net carbs per day and remain in ketosis.

70% fats, 25% protein, 5% carbs

That's your guiding macronutrient breakdown. There will be some recipes later in this blog to help you actualize these numbers.

But first, let's get to the good part: all the delicious things you can eat on a keto diet.

You can eat our Cilantro Lime Chicken:

A memorable entrée that will soon become a weekly staple -- tender chicken breast strips in a bright chimichurri sauce made with cilantro, lime, and garlic.

Cilantro Lime Chicken

So... what to eat on the Keto diet?

Because high-carb foods feature so prominently in our culture (pizza, sandwiches, pasta, oh my), it can be difficult to visualize a keto-friendly meal plan.

All it takes is a bit of imagination, and here at Kevin's, we're happy to do the heavy lifting for you. You'll see how they come together in mouth-watering concoctions later, but here's a hefty list of the foods you'll see in a ketogenic diet.

Fats (with many uses)

Use these fats as essential staples in your keto diet. Cook your meat and non-starchy veggies in them, and top your dishes for a delicious finishing touch -

Olive oil

Coconut oil




MCT oil

Avocado oil

Raw meat on a tray

Meat and poultry

While vegetarian keto is possible, most will eat meat as a central facet of a ketogenic diet. Choose grass-fed and organic whenever possible. It really makes a difference in the nutrients you're receiving!

Some believe that keto is a meat-heavy diet. This is not true. In fact, an excess of meat can actually shock your body out of ketosis, so keep your meat intake at normal levels -


Beef - fatty cuts are best for keto



Pork - like bacon? Its high fat and protein make it perfect for keto




One of the most versatile components of our diets, eggs are high in protein and low in carbs. Consumed in moderation, eggs are shown to have great health benefits, not to mention being delicious.


Fish and shellfish are perfect for keto. Many varieties of fish are virtually carb-free and contain tons of vitamins and minerals that aid health -

Salmon - contains omega-3 fatty acids which help prevent heart disease!








Some shellfish, like shrimp and crab, contain no carbs. Others do (with their net carbs per serving) -

  • clams: 4 g
  • mussels: 4 g
  • octopus: 4g
  • oysters: 3g
  • squid: 3g

Veggies (low carb)

Whether you're eating keto or not, vegetables contain vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function properly and shouldn't be forgotten on your keto grocery list.

When you're eating a ketogenic diet, you'll need to avoid starchy vegetables (eg. potatoes, yams, and beets). Thankfully, most vegetables have very few grams of net carbs.

Cauliflower - is exceedingly versatile, it can be made to resemble rice or mashed potatoes

Zucchini - good in so many ways, "zoodles" mimic the shape of pasta

Spaghetti squash - a low-carb substitute for the beloved pasta

Our Cauli Mac & Cheese is sure to satisfy you:

Sous-vide cauliflower in a creamy, decadent cheese sauce made with cheddar cheese, cream, and a hint of sea salt.

Cauli Mac & Cheese

Keto-friendly veggies:

  • asparagus
  • avocado
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • cucumber
  • green beans
  • eggplant
  • kale
  • lettuce
  • olives
  • peppers (especially green)
  • spinach
  • tomatoes (technically, a fruit!)


There are hundreds and hundreds of varieties of cheese. Most cheeses are both high in fat and low in carbs, making them perfect for keto.

Hard cheeses especially tend to fit the right criteria. Some soft cheeses are alright, but many contain too many carbs to work in a ketogenic diet.

Keto-friendly cheeses

Blue cheese





Colby jack

Cottage cheese

Cream cheese


Goat cheese









Pepper jack



String cheese


Cottage cheese

Greek Yogurt and Cottage Cheese

Yogurt is delicious and extremely versatile. While many kinds contain too many carbs, plain greek yogurt (full fat!) can definitely become part of your keto diet meal plan.

Cottage cheese (as mentioned above) is another great ingredient, different enough to earn a special mention. It's high in protein and great fats.

Nuts and Seeds

High in fat and protein while typically low in net carbs, nuts and seeds are great keto foods on their own for a snack or incorporated with a larger dish -

Macadamia nuts


Brazil nuts

Almonds - these have slightly higher net carbs, so be mindful of the portion size

Chia seeds

Dark Chocolate

While a lot of desserts are high in carbs, some, like dark chocolate or other confections made with cocoa powder and low-carb sweetener, are great keto-friendly options!

A plate of spaghetti

Foods to Avoid

It's probably intuitive at this point, but here are some explicit examples of foods to avoid on a ketogenic diet.

Carb-heavy offenders






That's right. Unfortunately, most fruit contains too many carbs to be admissible in a keto diet. There are some exceptions, like blackberries, but most sugary fruits are no-go if you are trying to lose weight on a low-carb ketogenic diet.

Favorite spreads like peanut butter typically contain added sugars that make them non-keto, so make sure you read the nutritional information to ensure the items you choose are low in carbs.


Here are some brilliant and delicious keto meal options from Kevin's own kitchen to make your low-carb diet easy!

Chicken Tikka Masala Tacos with Paleo Pickled Onions

The secret here is the Paleo Pickled Onions, a homemade (but exceedingly simple) pop of flavor!

Check out our chicken tikka masala here:

Tender chicken breast strips in a bright tomato curry made with coconut milk, ginger, and Indian spices.

Chicken Tikka Masala


Fresh Lemongrass Basil Roasted Salmon

This deceptively simple dish has all the complex and vibrant flavors of a more difficult cooking process, with none of the hassles.

Our lemongrass basil sauce is here:

A vibrant and light lemongrass sauce made with coconut milk, basil, and hints of garlic. Easily add it to chicken for a weeknight favorite the kids will LOVE!

Lemongrass Basil Sauce

Easy BBQ Baked Beans Recipe

This hearty vegetarian option is perfect for a backyard cookout. Add a fried egg for that perfect umami experience.

Check out our vegan-friendly BBQ sauce:

Chicken, steak, and pork's favorite summertime sidekick! This sweet and bold BBQ sauce is made with crushed tomato, balsamic vinegar, and hints of smoked onion. It's a summertime treat you can enjoy all year round.

BBQ Sauce

These recipes should jumpstart your adventure with keto! Put the ingredients we've discussed here on your next shopping list and you'll find that eating keto is easier, and more delicious, than you could have imagined.