Grocery shopping on a new diet can leave you wondering what on earth to put on your low carb grocery list. But with this extensive and printable low carb grocery list, we’re aiming to make your life in the aisles a breeze! Plus, check out some low carb meal ideas and some of our best tips on the most popular food to avoid and what to replace it with while on a low carb diet!
List of The Top Low Carb Foods
Your low carb grocery list should reflect the suggested macro percentages of a low carb diet—about 40%-50% healthy fats, 40%-50% protein, and 10%-20% good carbs. Check out our list of top low carb foods and some tips on what to look for (and avoid!) in each grocery category.
- Meat—Look for grass-fed beef and free-range chicken. The higher the quality of the food, the higher the quality of fuel for your body and brain! Remember to keep protein to about 40%-50% of your daily caloric intake.
- Fish and seafood—Salmon, mackerel, and herring are great options for wild-caught fish. Aim for healthy omega 3s!
- Eggs—Eggs are high in nutrients and a great source of protein on a low carb diet.
- Fats and oils—Butter and cream are great ways to add flavor to a low carb diet. Olive oil is also a solid choice. Just watch out for heavily processed and sugary sauces like ketchup and barbecue sauce, or sweet spreads like jam and syrup.
- Vegetables—Stick with veggies that grow above the ground to avoid higher, starchier carb counts (above 5 carbs per 100g serving). Some low carb approved vegetables include spinach, lettuce, avocado, asparagus, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, and peppers. Carrots could be eaten with real moderation but most underground veggies like potatoes and beets are off-limits for low carb eating.
- Berries—Blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, coconut, and cantaloupe are your best choices in the fruit + berries + melon category. Again, they have to be consumed in moderation but can make a great low carb dessert, served with some freshly whipped cream.
- Nuts—Low carb nuts such as almonds, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, and pecans are a good low carb snack option, in moderation. Avoid pistachios and cashews, which are high in carbohydrates.
- High-fat dairy—As long as they’re higher in fat and low in sugar, you should be fine to incorporate them sparingly. High-fat cheeses, butter, and heavy cream are great low carb options.
- Drinks—Water and unsweetened coffee and tea will be your main sources of hydration. Bone broth is also a good source of nutrition, and you can occasionally splurge on a small glass of red wine.
What Can I Eat Instead Of Bread?
One of the most common complaints in low carb eating is that people miss bread. It’s such a staple in our diets that it seems difficult to go without. Thankfully, there are many bread substitute options available for low carb eaters.
- Cauliflower—It makes delicious pizza crust and sandwich bread.
- Lettuce and leafy greens—Take this over a tortilla for your wrap or use it as a hamburger bun to add freshness and crunch.
- Eggplant—Perfect for when you’re grilling burgers as you can just throw a few slices of eggplant on the barby as well.
- Eggs—A fried egg with crispy edges also makes a great burger “bun,” complete with a rich, runny yolk.
- Cloud Bread—Cloud bread, also known as Oopsie bread, can be made with just eggs, cream cheese, and salt, but there are more flavorful low carb recipes for cloud bread out there. It makes great sandwich bread, buns, pizza crust, or even becomes a cake substitute with some whipped cream and berries.
What Groceries Should I Buy On A Low Carb Diet?
And now for the main event—the ultimate low carb grocery list! Following the suggestions on this list, broken up into low carb friendly dietary categories, will make picking up the right low carb groceries a snap. Plus, you’ll be reminded of the huge variety of delicious foods available to you on a low carb diet.
Low Carb Lean Proteins
4–6 Ounces Per Meal
Beef (lean cuts)
Boca Burgers (low-carb)
Low Carb Healthy Fats
1 Serving Per Meal
Almonds, unsalted (1/4 C)
Avocado (1/4 fruit)
Cheese (2 oz.)
Coconut Oil (1 T)
Macadamia Nuts, unsalted (1/4 C)
Natural Almond Butter (2 T)
Natural Peanut Butter (2 T)
Olive Oil (1 T)
Peanuts, dry roasted (1/4 C)
Pistachios (1/4 C)
Pumpkin Seeds, unsalted (1/4 C)
Sesame Oil (1T)
Sunflower Oil (1 T)
Walnuts, unsalted (1/2 C)
Low Carb Vegetables
1-2 Cups Per Meal
Spaghetti Squash Spinach
Optional Fruits for Low Carb Diet
Fruits are higher in carbohydrates. If you choose to add fruit to your diet, limit your serving to 1/4 C a few times a week.
High Protein Snacks
1 Serving Per Snack
2% Fat Cottage Cheese (1/2 C)
Cheese (2 oz.)
Hard-Boiled Eggs (2 whole eggs)
Hummus (1/4 C)
Xyngular Lean Shake (1 scoop)
Non-Fat Greek Yogurt (6 oz., less than 6g of sugar)
Turkey Breast (3-5 oz.)
Other Grocery Items for Low Carb Diet
Apple Cider Vinegar
Red Wine Vinegar
Soy Sauce (low-sodium)
Unsweetened Almond Milk (1 C)
Unsweetened Cashew Milk (1 C)
Unsweetened Coconut Milk (1 C)
White Wine Vinegar
You can also check out this downloadable and printable low carb grocery list, making it even easier to snag all the right ingredients for your low carb diet!
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