10 Ways To Eat A Low Carb Keto Diet On A Budget

You have asked and I am going to show you how I do it. Here are my 10 ways to eat a low carb keto diet on a budget. It's easier than you think!  Here is my real life advise using the same things I do weekly to the KETO diet on a budget.

Part of eating a low carb keto diet is learning to eat foods in their most pure form. What does that mean? It means eggs in their shell, fresh cream, meats, green veggies and the more that are unprocessed. 

1. Use Ground Beef!

Ground beef is a great, delicious and versatile protein that has zero carbs! You can make Butter Burgers, Crunchy Taco Wraps, Pizza Meatballs, Meatloaf,  Cabbages rolls and so many other things! 

2. Use Cabbage!

Cabbage is delicious cold in a coleslaw or cooked and used in places of pasta in lasagna or just cooked and served with butter and salt. 

3. Eat Eggs!

Eggs are another delicious and versatile protein that is super low carb. You can boil, fry, omelet, poach, devil, scramble eggs plus add them to other dishes too like a chefs salad or a cobb salad. Eggs are one of the most affordable KETO foods.

3. Buy in Bulk & Freeze!

 Our local store has a meat sale every 6 months. The meat is super cheap if you buy it in bulk. Simple wrap your meat in freezer paper and store in the freezer for up to 6months or longer. My grandparents use to raise their own beef and we would wrap it and freeze it the deep freezer and use it until the next years beef was ready.

Many foods can be frozen including... butter can be frozen for 6 months, cream for 4 months and most veggies and berries for 6 months. Looks for your favorites on sale and just FREEZE THEM for later!

4. Shop Amazon!

Amazon is a marketplace which means if more than one person is selling something you can most likely get the best price. If you have Amazon Prime which I totally find worth it, you get FREE shipping. If you DON'T have Amazon Prime you can try it for a month for FREE.

5. Make Your Own Bone Broth!

Bone broth is a perfect food for KETO'ers but it is also expensive to buy. Making it is super easy and can be made with scraps from other meals! Save your bones, onion, garlic and veggie scraps by freezing them to save to make your own broth!

6. Meal Prep!

Plan ahead and prep for days you know you won't have time to cook. Make extra meat. Cut up veggies. Make some dip. Leftovers are great too. Have something ready so you don't feel like you have to eat out on the run.

7. Buy Seasonal Veggies & Berries!

Buy vegetables and berries when they are in season. The prices will be so much better. Buy they when the prices are super low and freeze some for later. 

8. Save Your Bacon Butter!

When you find some bacon at super great price be sure to save your bacon drippings/grease/bacon butter when cooking it! Remeber fat is your fuel on KETO and bacon makes some of the most beautiful golden fat for your next meals. Bacon butter great to use on your cooked veggies, use it to make omelets, and pretty much any other place you would normally use butter!

9. Shop at Costco or Sams Club!

Some things are simply cheaper ( I know not all of them but some) at Costco because they negociate a great deal with a brand and then slap their logo on it.  I use this coconut oil, these raw almonds are great and are alwasy fresh and I love this almond flour!  ALL of them are at a FREAKIN GREAT PRICE!

10. Make Your Own Pickle Juice!

The price of pickle juice can really add up and leave you with a fridge full of dry pickles! If you wondering why I sam saying pikcle juice it's because pickle juice helps you keep you electroylces balanced. Sports teams are know to drink pickle juice as well as pickle juice popsicles. I promise they are a thing look here: pickle juice pops. Here is my super easy recipe for pickle juice. I explain more about how pickler juice is great in the KETO diet here: Homemade Pickle Juice

 

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Which Veggies Are Keto? Here's Our List of Low Carb Vegetables for You

Are you wondering how to figure out which veggies are Keto Diet friendly and are low carb vegetables? We have searched high and low to find all the low carb vegetables that you can eat on your keto diet. There are even a few you might not have ever tried.

 Yes, I know technically tomatoes are fruit but we'll count them as a low carb veggie :) 

Yes, I know technically tomatoes are fruit but we'll count them as a low carb veggie :) 

Let's start out with a general guideline for spotting low carb vegetables without even looking up their carb count.  

Above Ground Veggies

Vegetables growing above ground such as kale, cucumber, green beans etc can be eaten often and add great nutrients and fiber to your keto diet.

 

Root Veggies

Vegetables that are growing underground such as carrots and potatoes are high in carbs and should be avoided. There are of course some exceptions to both of those rules such as peas which have 21 carbs per cup yikes! And radishes which only have .1 net carbs per radish.

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Here is our list of Low Carb Vegetables:

Note: this is a working list which we will be adding to as we come across more to add.

  • Artichoke
  • Arugula 
  • Asparagus 
  • Avocado all varieties
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Beet greens
  • Bell Peppers all varieties
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli all varieties including rabe, Calabrese etc...
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage all varieties including green, red, purple, napa, savoy etc...
  • Callard greens
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Endive
  • Fiddlehead
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Green beans
  • Hot Peppers all varieties including jalapenos, Anaheim, banana etc...
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce all varieties including butter lettuce,  iceberg, romaine etc...
  • Mushrooms all varieties including shiitake, brown, white, cremini etc...
  • Mustard greens
  • Onions all varieties including yellow, white, red, etc...
  • Olives all varieties
  • Okra
  • Radishes
  • Radicchio
  • Shallots
  • Snap pea
  • Snow pea
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts all varieties including bean, radish, alfalfa etc...
  • Squash blossoms
  • Summer squash including crookneck, yellow, pattypan etc...
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomatoes all varieties
  • Watercress
  • Wax Beans
  • Wheatgrass
  • Zucchini

 

I hope this helps you when looking for something to make for dinner. We will be adding to this list. If you can think of more please comment and I will be sure to add it to the list. 

xo April


Intermittent Fasting: What Is It AND Why Should I Try It On A Keto Diet?

If you're new to the low carb keto diet or way of eating you may have heard a few people in one of the low carb keto facebook groups mention intermittent fasting. 

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Intermittent Fasting: What Is It AND Why Should I Try It On A Keto Diet?

Simply put intermittent fasting is going 12-16 hours between eating your last meal or bite of food at the end of a day until you eat again the next day. 

It isn't a hard and fast rule that you have to practice intermittent fasting on a low carb keto diet but it does help some people get past weight loss stalls.  If you're like me and you just don't like to eat breakfast skipping breakfast ends up being a natural way of intermittent fasting. 

But what if I hate fasting or if I can't go more than 4 hours without eating? 

When you are in ketosis you are a fat fueled body.  Your liver converts fats including your own body fat into ketones which are your fuel rather than glucose aka sugar.  Since you are no longer on a sugar roller coaster you will find you won't be as hungry or feel that starving feeling you do when you're a carb/sugar fueled body.  It will be much easier to fast.

How does intermittent fast help me?

Cell Rejuvenation: There are several benefits of fasting, one thing that has struck me as amazing is how the body works at being efficient. When you fast your body dumps all the cells that aren't functioning at their best including cancer cell formation.  It also helps rejuvinate nerve cells. All cells in the body! When you come out of your fast the body replaces those cells with fresh healthy new ones. 

Fat for Fuel: According to Dr Mercola, " Intermittent fasting helps reset your body to use fat as its primary fuel, and mounting evidence confirms that when your body becomes adapted to burning FAT instead of sugar as its primary fuel, you dramatically reduce your risk of chronic disease"

Have your tried intermittent fasting? What do you think? Did it help you? Did you notice a difference in the way you feel and look? 

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Do You Know Which Low Carb Foods To Have on Hand for Hurricane Season?

I'm in a low carb keto diet group on Facebook and one of the group members asked if anyone had a list of low carb keto diet approved foods for prepping for the coming hurricane. They expect to be days without electricity and want to stay on their low carb keto diet/way of eating even in the face of a major disaster situation. 

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