Beginners Guide To Keto Friendly Foods w/ Printable PDF

For a beginner choosing foods on the keto diet can seem very difficult. All this talk of macros, net carbs and fats are good for you, why can’t there be a simple approach. Then you have to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner! Here is a complete food list for the keto diet that helps you get started, build recipes and end any confusion.

keto chicken soup
Keto Chicken Soup

Keto Fats & Oils List

There cornerstone of the diet. Keto is all about the fats, but not all fats are created equal. Personally, I stay clear of unsaturated fats as much as possible but some are better than others. Now, below is just a guide. You will notice some of the fats and oils in the bad section and a bunch of products you may buy. I’d say those oils should be lowered in your diet to a minimum.

Best Fats & Oils For Keto

  • Grass-fed Beef Tallow
  • Pasture Raised Pork Lard
  • Butter
  • Grass-fed Ghee
  • Avocado Oil

Moderate Fats & Oils

  • Sesame Oil
  • Palm Oil
  • Olive Oil (not for cooking)
  • Peanut Oil

Bad Fats & Oils

  • Canola Oil
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Cottonseed Oil
  • Soybean Oil
  • Rice Bran Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Sunflower Oil

Keto Protein Food List

Protein is one of those things you can almost eat as much as you want. For a guide, the keto diet is a moderate protein diet meaning it shouldn’t be the cornerstone of what you eat. But, you can enjoy proteins without having to worry at all.

Things like smoked brisket, steak on the grill or cured meats can still be enjoyed. Just without barbecue sauce and watch for added sugar. Most protein sources are just fine but the issue of health will come down to the quality you choose to eat.

Best Protein Sources

  • Fatty Pork Cuts (Pork shoulder, spare ribs, bacon)
  • Marbled Beef (Fatty steaks, brisket point, chuck roast, short ribs)
  • Salmon
  • Duck
  • Dark Meat Chicken
  • Pasture Raised Eggs

Moderate Protein Sources

  • Wild-caught Seafood
  • Unflavored Whey Protein Isolate
  • Cured Meats
keto bacon ranch casserole
Keto Bacon Ranch Casserole

Keto Friendly Fruits List

Most fruits are not great on the keto diet but there are some you can get away with and some that are perfect such as avocados. Although fruits are considered “natural sugars” they are still sugars and in the right amount can stop your progress on the keto diet.

Best Fruits For Keto

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Avocados
  • Coconut
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers

Moderate Fruits Sources

Do Not Eat Fruit List

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Banana
  • Plantain
  • Mangos
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwi
  • Peach
  • Cherries
  • Plum
  • Squash (any not mentioned above)

Keto Vegetable Food List

Believe it or not all vegetables aren’t keto friendly. You may be able to classify them as “healthy” but not keto in practice.

Best Vegetables For Keto

  • Broccoli
  • Collard Greens
  • Kale
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Chard
  • Ginger
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Herbs (parsley, dill weed, oregano, rosemary, etc.)

Moderate Veggies For Keto

Never Eat These Vegetables

  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Beets
  • Peas
Keto Zuppa Toscana
Keto Zuppa Toscana Soup

Dairy Keto Food List

Most dairy is keto friendly, which is why the dairy based desserts are so good. But, if you have issues with dairy they will still cause problems on keto.

Good Dairy Sources

Bad Dairy Sources

  • Kefir
  • Milk
  • Buttermilk (large quantities)
  • Processed Cheese (velvetta, kraft)
  • Margarine


With keto sweeteners you have to be careful. They can be the most rewarding aspects of keto and the most difficult to break. You see when you’re addicted to sweets you can become addicted to keto sweets as well.

Best Sweeteners For Keto

  • Allulose
  • Monk Fruit
  • Stevia
  • Erythritol
  • Xylitol

Be Careful With These

  • Inulin
  • Sucralose
  • Aspartame

Avoid These

  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Splenda
  • Maltitol
  • Maltodextrin
  • Coconut Sugar
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Agave
keto no bake cheesecake jars
Keto No Bake Cheesecake Cookie Jars

Nuts & Seeds

  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Pine Nuts
  • Pilinuts
  • Almonds
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Chia Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Flaxseeds

Be Careful With These


Condiments can be tricky because you have to read the label for anything added you may not want in your diet. Due to them changing so often I will include a list of great items you can buy now.

  • All Low Carb Primal Kitchen Products
  • Coconut Aminos
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sugar Free, Keto Sweetened Ketchup (i.e AlternaSweets, Primal Kitchen)
  • Keto Maple Syrup (Lakanto, Birch Benders)
  • Mayo (Chosen Foods, Primal Kitchen)
  • Barbecue Sauce (Sweet Baby Rays, Primal Kitchen)


  • Black Coffee
  • Tea
  • Keto Sweetened Drinks (Zevia, Virgils, etc)
  • Chocolate (85% and up)
  • Seasonings containing little to no sugar added
  • Most Keto Friendly Store Bought Goods

Avoid At All Cost

  • Grains (Rice, Whole, Quinoa, Oats, etc)
  • Processed Food (Most Fast Food Restaurants)
  • Flours containing gluten (all purpose, self rising, etc)
  • Gluten Free Breads
  • Candy
  • Juices


This is a great list to get you started with plenty of options. These can be combined to create wonderful dishes such as the ones I added in for you. Keto is a great diet for bettering your health. Take your time and don’t rush because you should focus on not just today but tomorrow as well. Life is a journey so therefore so is dieting and bettering yourself.

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