Keto Ingredients, How to Choose Them?

Choosing the right keto ingredients you may feel a little bit lost or overwhelmed. We will give you a full list of keto ingredients and our experts’ advice.

Ketogenic diet has created a huge buzz for the last 5 years! It is not a lifestyle choice like being a vegetarian or like going vegan! But following this diet for a few weeks or months can totally change your life!

Keto diet is a diet that depends mainly on fats as the main source of energy for your body! No not only your internal fat! But also including lots of fatty food into your diet! This lets the body go into a ketonic state! This state forces the body to use up all its excess fats as energy making you lose weight without compromising your concentration levels, your overall endurance, nor your health state.

Keto ingredients

If you want to know more about ketogenic diet origin and history …check this link!

If you want to prepare your own meals from scratch and don’t know where to start, or how to integrate your daily food into a ketogenic diet, then this article is for you!

When you decide to go through with keto diet, you have to prepare a diet plan with the help of your nutritionist. following his/her advices helps you chose the perfect plan for you without suffering from keto-flu symptoms or surprises.

To help you plan your ketogenic diet meals and more…check this link.

Furthermore, If you want to know how to read the nutritional facts label so you can choose keto-friendly meals…check this link.

In ketodiet, you don’t need to worry about calorie counting, or how food is cooked, all you need to worry about: how many carbs does this meal have! And please give me a fattier version of it!

Dietlife will tell you all the net fats, proteins and carbs in commonly used keto-ingredients and will focus on food with almost zero carbs!

Let’s start with KETO-MEAT!

Meat is one of the important Keto ingredients
  • The most important variable in choosing a keto-friendly piece of meat is the amount of good fat you can find in it and to know how the animal was bred, fed and raised! So always check with your butcher or read the nutritional facts label first! Always ask for free range, pasture raised and grass-fed meat. And chose a good fat cut of it! This goes for beef, pork and chicken too!
  • Avoid processed, cured and premade meat at all costs! They are full of trans fat and this is a really bad type of fat to be adding to your diet!
  • If you are buying seafood, choose wild or ocean farmed. And the fattier and oilier the better!
  • If you are buying eggs, choose the organic ones.

What’s the best protein sources and their nutritional value? With this simple guide, you can choose the perfect protein source for your taste and for your ketogenic diet!

FOOD (per ounce)FatsproteinsCarbsTotal Calories
Pork Chops4.16.7065
Pork Ribs8.36.20102
Beef Sirloin4.07.7069
Grounded Beef5.17.1077
Goat meat3.98.0067
Chicken thighs2.87.8058
Turkey Breasts0.68.4039
Raw Salmon1.85.6040
One large egg4.86.30.472

What about keto friendly vegetables?

Veggies are very tricky in their net carbs! It is best to go for green leafy vegetables as they are high in fibers, low on carbs!

Avoid starchy vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and beets as they are very high on carbs!

Here are some good keto veggies!

FoodNet Carbs (g)Fats (g)Protein (g)Calories
Asparagus, 1 ounce0.60.10.76
Avocado, 1 ounce (Fruit)
Broccoli, 1 ounce1.10.10.710
Cauliflower, 1 ounce0.50.10.57
Celery, 1 ounce0.300.75
Cucumber, 1 ounce100.24
Garlic, 1 clove100.24
Green beans 1 ounce1.30.10.510
Mushrooms 1 ounce0.60.20.96
Onion, white, 1 ounce2.100.311
Bell Pepper 1 ounce0.800.26
 Dill, 1 ounce0.400.23
Iceberg lettuce, 1 ounce0.30.10.45
Spinach, 1 ounce0.40.10.87
Squash 1 ounce1.40.10.28
Tomato, raw, 1 ounce0.800.35

Keto goes nuts!

If you want to choose tasty low carbs, high fat tasty snacks go NUTS!

A handful is enough! We need to stay in the ketonic state! Know why ketonic state is important in ketogenic diet…check this article!

Here is a list of some nuts and their nutritional values:

FoodCarbs (g)Fats (g)CaloriesProtein (g)
Almonds, raw, 1 ounce3151706
Brazil Nuts, raw, 1 ounce1191864
Chia Seeds, raw, 1 ounce0101317
Coconut, dried, unsweetened, 1 ounce26651
Flax Seeds, raw, 1 ounce0101317
Hazelnuts, raw, 1 ounce2171764
Macadamia Nuts, raw, 1 ounce2212032
Peanuts, raw, 1 ounce3131577
Pecans, raw, 1 ounce1201903
Pine Nuts, raw, 1 ounce3201894
Pumpkin Seeds, raw, 1 ounce1141598
Walnuts, raw, 1 ounce2181854

Keto Dairy:

Dietlife offers one important tip! Stay away from skimmed milk and low-fat cheese!

of course, Dairy products are great keto-ingredients, they make tasty dips and sauces, some even use them instead of toasts! Find recipe here.

Know your favorite’s cheese nutritional value and enjoy your meal!

FoodNet Carbs (g)Fats (g)Protein (g)Calories
Cheese, Blue, 1 ounce0.78.26.1100
Cheese, Brie, 1 ounce0.17.95.995
Cheese, Cheddar, 1 ounce0.49.47.1114
Cheese, Colby, 1 ounce0.796.7110
Cheese, Cream, block, 1 ounce1.19.71.797
Cheese, Feta, 1 ounce1.26475
Cheese, Monterey Jack, 1 ounce0.28.67106
Cheese, Mozzarella, whole milk, 1 oz0.66.36.385
Cheese, Parmesan, hard, 1 ounce0.97.310.1111
Cheese, Swiss, 1 ounce1.57.97.6108
Cheese, Mascarpone, 1 ounce1131130
Cream, half-n-half, 1 ounce1.33.50.939
Cream, heavy, 1 ounce0.8110.6103
Cream, Sour, full fat, 1 ounce0.85.60.655
Milk, whole, 1 ounce1.51119

Keto Fatty Fats!

In the first place, One of the most important constituents of keto diet is that you can cook all your food with fat! Which means more tasty food and losing weight is a bonus!

Fats and oils are pure fats! 1 gm of fat/oil means 1 gm of fat! No hidden carbs or protein!

You can cook with:

  1. Ghee
  2. Virgin coconut oil
  3. Extra virgin olive oil
  4. Sesame oil
  5. Chili oil for extra flavor.
  6. Lard
  7. Peanut oil

Keto Seasoning:

  1. Salt and Himalayan salt.
  2. Pepper
  3. Thyme
  4. Basil
  5. Oregano
  6. Coriander
  7. Paprika
  8. Cinnamon
  9. Curry Powder
  10. Chives

Keto Sauces:

  1. Fish sauces.
  2. Rice vinegar sauce.
  3. Apple cider vinegar sauce.
  4. Red wine vinegar.
  5. White wine.

Keto Nut Butters:

Nut butters make great snacks, dips and breakfast drizzle.

Read the nutritional facts label carefully and choose those with low calories and less from carbs.

The best keto diet nut butters are:

  • Natural Peanut Butter
  • Macadamia Nut Butter
  • Almond Butter.

As you can see, keto diet is not a restrictive diet as you think! Indeed, you have to restrict carbohydrates from your diet, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat un-tasteful food or feel hungry only a couple of minutes after your meal!

Dietlife advice:

In ketogenic diet, you have to check for keto ingredients in your meals. All you have to do is read the nutritional facts label properly, chose your cooking fat, replace the carbs in your meal with a keto version of it.

We added a few nutritional values for some famous keto friendly protein and fat sources. Check them and share your recipes with Dietlife.

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