What are the best no carb and low-carb foods on the keto diet? When you’re living the ketogenic lifestyle, you want to steer toward the lowest carb foods like fats, oils, uncured meats, and certain cheeses. Foods with the lowest carb count and the highest fat content work best for the keto diet.
Going keto also typically means that you are staying at or under 20g of carbs a day. So, what do you do when it’s the end of the day and you have no carbs left to spare but need more calories? Here are the top no carb keto foods to have stocked in your kitchen!
Less Carbs and More Fat!
Here are some of the top no-carb and low-carb foods for keto dieters:
1) Uncured Meats
Uncured meats rely on natural flavorings and salts to preserve the meat. Cured meats usually contain sugar, nitrates, and other ingredients that either aren’t keto-friendly or might not be the best options for your health. Uncured meats don’t usually contain sugar or nitrates, but they do give you fat and protein on keto and they’re convenient. When you can, try to choose healthier meats, such as grass-fed and pasture-raised.
2) Get Cheesy!
Some of the best keto-friendly cheeses are gruyere, feta, brie, cream cheese, and goat’s cheese. When you’re incorporating some cheesiness into your keto diet, you want to avoid highly processed cheeses and low-fat cheeses with added fillers. Go for higher-fat or full-fat, lower-carb cheeses and aged or matured cheeses like swiss.
Some cheeses like cottage cheese have a slightly higher carb count and should be consumed in moderation on keto. Steer clear of packaged shredded cheeses, since many have anti-caking agents and fillers that add to the total carb count. Why not shred your own keto-friendly cheese? Sprinkle shredded cheese over your salad, soup, or keto pie or try this delicious keto cauli mac-n-cheese! Check out these cheesy keto recipes:
3) Fats and Oils!
Fats and oils are one of the most effective ways to deliver important nutrients to your cells and stay in ketosis! Some of the most suitable high-fat no-carb oils for the ketogenic diet include coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, and avocado oil. Use these flavorful fatty oils for salad dressings, sauces, and more. Coconut oil is optimal for frying and cooking at higher temperatures due to the high saturated fat content . Duck fat, lard, butter, and tallow also work well for cooking at higher temperatures. You can use cocoa butter to make tasty fat bombs and keto treats.
What’s Your Favorite No Carb Keto Foods?
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1) Self Nutrition Data. Vegetable Oil, Coconut. https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fats-and-oils/508/2
Steph Green is a writer, researcher, and singer/songwriter with a passion for all things wellness. In 2016, after four years of struggling with her own health problems and painful autoimmune disease, Steph developed a life-changing and extensive knowledge of keto, nutrition, and natural medicine. She continues on her healing journey and enjoys helping others along the way.