How do you do Keto on a budget?

If you are on a weight loss journey, then you might have heard or considered doing a Keto diet. To put it simply, keto is a low-carb, high-fat diet that is designed to burn fat and eliminate almost all carbs which may help many people to lose pounds. Aside from weight loss, there are also a number of benefits a keto diet can offer. One is that it is claimed that going on a keto diet may boost one’s heart health and protect brain function. It can also help control blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of certain cancers. 

Generally, you should be able to save more than usual when you are on a keto diet because there will be certain foods that you need to stay away from. But if you really want to save your pocket, here are some tips on how you can successfully do Keto on a budget:

  • Shop locally – most stores or local farmer markets tend to sell meat, vegetables, dairy, and egg at a very cheap price.
  • Buy in bulk
  • Meal prep in advance – this strategy will save you time and money because you already have meals to eat for the whole week. 
  • Choose frozen over fresh – most frozen fruits and vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and berries are more affordable as opposed to fresh ones. What’s more is that they will last a lot longer as they will stay refrigerated. 
  • Don’t mind the fancy and packed keto foods – you will most likely see some meal replacement bars that are advertised to be keto-friendly. However, you can survive without those. They are definitely more expensive and most probably less fulfilling once you consume it.

Cheap keto grocery list

If you are just starting your keto diet plan, then you may need a little bit of help on which type of foods and products you should get. Other keto grocery lists can seem overwhelming especially if you are on a strict budget. However, you do not need to worry because I have compiled various budget-friendly foods that you can add to your keto grocery list: 

Meats and proteins:

  • Eggs
  • Canned tuna
  • grass-fed butter
  • chicken (thighs, breast, or whole chicken)
  • broccoli or green beans (frozen will probably be cheaper than fresh)
  • almonds
  • Spices
  • canned sardines
  • Chia seeds
  • Coconut milk 

Dairy

  • butter
  • Cheese
  • sour cream
  • greek yogurt

Fat

  • almonds
  • walnuts
  • olive oil
  • coconut oil

Low carb fruits (preferably frozen) 

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Cherries
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi
  • Plums

Low-carb vegetables 

  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Eggplant
  • Broccoli
  • Bell peppers
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Kale 
  • Cauliflower
  • Zucchini
  • Lettuce

Keto recipes on a budget

Once you already have stocked up on your grocery list, you may now want to think of meals that are easy to make and may require fewer ingredients, but are still tasty and fulfilling! With that said, I have prepared a list of budget-friendly keto recipes that are perfect even for meal prepping.

 

15. Cold Cucumber Soup

Cold cucumber soup is a refreshing and flavorful soup, perfect to serve as an appetizer, side dish, or for a light, healthy main dish.

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14. Instant Pot Palak Paneer

This Instant Pot Palak Paneer tastes just like the Indian restaurant! It is Rich, creamy, and perfectly spiced spinach and paneer dish. This easy vegetarian dish is a hearty meal that’ll get your family to eat and love their greens!

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13. Beef Pot Roast Soup Recipe (Keto, Low-Carb)

Hearty, chunky, and with just a few net carbs per serving, this low-carb and keto Beef Pot Roast Soup is a meal you can really sink your spoon into!

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12. Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

Our recipe for a slow cooker whole chicken is guaranteed to make succulent and tasty chicken with minimal fuss. Dress it up with all the trimmings for your Sunday lunch, or serve with a simple salad for an easy mid-week dinner.

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11. Chicken Broccoli Bake

This creamy, cheesy, low carb Chicken Broccoli Bake is an easy way to get a healthy, keto meal on the table. Use shredded rotisserie in this gluten free cheddar chicken broccoli casserole to make it even easier!

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10. Keto Breaded Pork Chops In The Air Fryer

Keto Breaded Pork Chops in the air fryer. An easy family friendly Keto recipe of breaded pork chops. Using leftover pork fat as the base for the keto breadcrumbs, this is a breaded pork chops air fryer recipe that has zero food waste.

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9. Garlic White Wine Instant Pot Chicken Thighs (Gluten Free, Keto)

Do you have a favorite part of the chicken that you use over and over again in multiple recipes?

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8. Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breasts (gluten free, keto)

Are you looking for an easy chicken dish you can make for dinner tonight that won’t take long to make and your family will love? Look no further!

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7. Pizza Chicken Skillet (Keto, Low Carb)

Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Skillet, your new favorite easy Keto dinner recipe, featuring leftover chicken! Made with four ingredients ingredients in 15 minutes flat, this is a fabulous weeknight Keto, Low Carb, and Gluten Free dinner!

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6. Keto Low Carb Turkey Meatballs With Almond Flour

Easy and quick to make keto low carb turkey meatballs made with almond flour. This recipe is so versatile, you can totally add any greens you like (cilantro, parsley or dill will work great).

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5. Keto Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Yummy low carb keto Mexican chicken recipe for your slow cooker. This easy crock pot recipe will be a perfect dump and start dinner for the whole family to enjoy!

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4. Keto Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs – An Easy Keto Egg Fast Recipe

These keto cream cheese scrambled eggs are a quick and easy extra low-carb meal. With just a few ingredients, they’re an easy keto egg fast recipe to get those eggs into your days of fasting!

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3. Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Wings

These oven fried chicken wings are super crispy and seasoned to perfection. They are perfect for dinner, and also make a great appetizer. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauces, for added flavor. Learn how to make crispy chicken wings in the oven with this easy recipe!

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2. Smoky Instant Pot Chicken Thighs (Using Fresh or Frozen Chicken)

Ready for a winning Instant Pot chicken thighs recipe? This easy (and easily modifiable) recipe will produce tender, flavourful chicken thighs in no time at all.

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1. Slow Cooker Curried Tomato Soup {Gluten-Free, Paleo, Keto, Low Carb, Vegan}

Slow Cooker Tomato Soup with Curry is a flavourful and warming soup that is perfect to serve on chilly autumn evenings for a nutritious weeknight meal. Suitable for Gluten-Free, Vegan, Low Carb and Paleo diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

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