Guys, I’m bored.
And I decided to work on my shopping list.
After being on keto for the last three months, albeit with some rough patches, my shopping list has changed a lot from the first time I posted it.
My first keto shopping list consisted of:
- 2 18 count carton of eggs — I did not realize how many eggs I would be eating. I’ve been taking them for lunch, as a quick snack, or using them in a fritata.
- 10 cans of tuna — tuna salad is so easy and is delicious over kale.
- SO MUCH BACON!!!!!
- Maybe a rotisserie chicken for chicken salad. I hate chicken from the can, and rotisserie chicken makes the best chicken salad. Also have a really good avocado chicken salad recipe.
- Large thing of sour cream. I use it instead of mayo in my various meat salads.
- Like four cartons of almond milk. That stuff is awesome. I haven’t been drinking coffee, but I’m thinking that I can use it and make like a pitcher of iced coffee that’ll keep for a few days. Also have used it to make chai lattes — with stevia.
- A large thing of cottage cheese. Also good snack, especially over kale.
- Plain yogurt. I’ve had like 10 people lecture me over how important probiotics are during a carbless diet.
- Cheese for days…. all varieties. My favorites have been pepper jack and muenster
- Kale 2x bags.
- Avacados — my go to snack.
- Cherry tomatoes — a good add on to salads and other dishes
- Bell Peppers
- Cucumbers — Haven’t had a chance/the urge to make cucumber salad, but it’s on my list.
- Mushrooms — I like baby bella mushrooms.
- Spaghetti squash — this, surprisingly, has been such a wonderful thing. Cooks in the microwave in 20 minutes.
- Regular squash — love zucchini.
- Almonds are just crunchy and amazing.
- Sunflower seeds — when S.O. and I went on our adventure to get my washer and dryer, we got a huge thing of shelled sunflower seeds from Winn Dixie for like $3 or $4. Completely worth it. Plus, I I love sunflower seeds over salads.
Now, I’ve learned I have to stock up on my favorites and catch things on sale. Also added some other items:
- Two to three packs of pork shoulder or chops — throw in crock pot with onions, mushrooms, spices, and red wine.
- Four packs of bacon. I usually freeze two to three packs. I try to get them when they are buy one get one free.
- Chicken thighs are easy, cheap, and delicious. I usually get about three packs.
- Ground turkey is another of my go to foods. Trader Joes usually has the best deal in town at $2.99/lb. When I make it to that part of town, I usually stock up with five or six packs.
- Pepperoni, salami, or prosciutto — as a snack.
- Sausage — amazing sauteed with cabbage. Love me some bratwurst too.
- Eggs (which I consider a meat as it is an animal product that’s not dairy) — I usually get two 18 packs. I’ve mastered the perfect soft boiled egg and also hollandaise.
- Chicken stock — self explanatory
- I am a cheese-a-holic — two packs of cream cheese, two containers of parm, two blocks of pepper jack, mozz string cheese, and maybe some cheddar.
- Plain greek yogurt — good for keeping your bowels healthy
- Butter — for BPC and general cooking
- Sour cream, because it’s good with everything. Evidently Daisy has a squeezable sour cream thing going on.
- Almond milk (not technically dairy). I am in love with unsweetened almond milk. I usually get about 3 gallons, which lasts me two full weeks.
- Lots of kale. I like it raw and crunchy, but it is good cooked up with some bacon.
- Green onions — less sugar than regular onions and easier to cut and prep.
- Cucumber — I have a good recipe for cucumber salad with cherry tomatoes, green onions, fresh basil, parm cheese, salt/pepper, and apple cider vinegar.
- All the avocados — I could eat avocados for days.
- Bok Choi — excellent stir fried with some other veggies
- Eggplant (which I talked about an eggplant pizza recipe)
- Frozen cauli and broccoli. Maybe green beans too.
- Sardines — little oily fish that are amazing and full of protein and good fats
- Pickles — love Claussens and their juice.
- Olives — Calamata olives are great in dirty martinis 😉
- Truvia baking blend — not technically keto as it does have a minute amount of sugar in it, which makes it optimum for baking. However, it’s the only sweetener that doesn’t leave a death-like chemically aftertaste. Worth the extra minute amount of sugar.
- Pork rinds — great for “breading” and “binding” in meat dishes
- Lemon juice — amazing for marinades, tea, cold remedy, and dressings
- Olive and coconut oil — use olive for cooking and coconut oil for BPC and moisturizing my elbows 🙂
- Almonds — probably my favorite keto nut, also sunflower seeds. Love sunflower seeds on my salads.
So, that’s my list. I might find things here and there that I like. My friends got me into Le Croix soda — essentially flavored seltzer water (probably good with vodka). I have had a hard time giving up diet soda — I love Fresca and Segrams diet ginger ale.
Now I feel I need to have vodka in my life.
But yeah, will be four months on keto at the end of this month.
25lbs down, 75 more to go. I’m a quarter of the way there.