Tips to Save Money on a Keto Diet:
When you’re first starting out on the keto diet, it can seem like it will cost you a fortune.
- Luckily, there are plenty of ways to save money on the keto diet, so you don’t have to give up your favorite foods just because they aren’t keto-friendly.
- In this article, we’ll walk you through 7 different tips that will help you save money on your keto diet and still lose weight without feeling deprived.
Week 1 Shopping List
Stock up on your essentials. Make sure you have plenty of fresh or frozen vegetables, healthy fats and oils, plenty of eggs and meats, some good cheese and maybe some nuts.
Choose lower carb fruits like berries for snacks as well. Stick with our shopping list for all 7 days’ worth of meals so you don’t have to go back for more ingredients.
It’s also a great way to save money! For each meal we recommend making two servings of the dish and freeze one for later.
So in addition to the initial grocery list, you’ll need: one extra head of lettuce (preferably green), one avocado, 2 tablespoons tahini paste (plus 2 tablespoons olive oil), 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 3 pounds ground beef (or 4-5 pounds ground chicken).
Learn from my mistakes
Low-carb diets like keto and Atkins have exploded in popularity recently. And with good reason—they work. I’ve been living keto for over 6 months now, and I’ve found that it completely changed my relationship with food, weight loss, cravings, and all things related to food and body composition.
Living keto has put me in control of how I look—and feel—every day of my life. That said, there are definitely some pitfalls you can run into if you don’t know what you’re doing or if you dive in too quickly (or too carelessly).
Here are 7 tips that will help keep your journey healthy and sustainable 1) Start slowly. Give yourself at least 3 weeks before diving into the deep end. Starting slowly is key because when you start off slowly, you get used to eating low carb and the lifestyle gradually becomes easier as time goes by.
If you go cold turkey from the get-go, chances are that you’ll be more likely to give up after a week or two because of your cravings and lack of energy from not eating carbs/sugar regularly enough.
Don’t try every new diet fad going. There’s always another celebrity touting their newest way of eating—and who doesn’t want quick results?
Day-to-Day Meal Plan
You can save money with keto by eating simple, low-cost meals and tracking your spending. Although healthy fats like olive oil can be expensive, you can get great deals on meats and vegetables if you plan for them ahead of time.
It’s easier than you think: First, buy nonperishable ingredients in bulk. Second, make sure to stock up when something is on sale and freeze items for later—or put them in plastic bags so they’re ready to grab as soon as inspiration strikes.
Third, check out meal kit delivery services; these are becoming more popular and offer lots of variety at affordable prices.
Finally, consider joining loyalty programs at grocery stores; many offer discounts or special rewards just for being part of their community!
Snacks, Sweeteners, and Condiments
High-fiber nuts, coconut flakes, and raw veggies make for healthy snacks that help keep you feeling full between meals.
Nuts are also packed with nutrients like magnesium, iron, and B vitamins. Coconut milk is another smart addition—just be sure to buy unsweetened to avoid added sugar.
And don’t forget seasonings: cayenne pepper, garlic powder or an Asian spice blend will help make these flavors shine without adding carbs! Add some protein, such as tuna or chicken, to salads and sandwiches for a nutrient boost.
If you can’t find the right keto substitutes at your local grocery store, there are many options online where you can order what you need in bulk.
The best part? You’ll save more money buying in bulk since most keto food costs less per unit when it’s ordered this way.
Eggs are usually quite cheap, especially if you buy in bulk. They can be scrambled or fried in butter or oil and pair well with any number of vegetables.
Bacon is another great option; however, it can get very expensive depending on your choice of meat. Consider choosing turkey bacon instead, as it tends to be less expensive than pork bacon but just as delicious.
Another healthy breakfast option is cheese. If you’re looking for something savory, try adding cheddar and chives to an omelet; there are also many recipes online that call for eggs and cheese baked together in ramekins—they’re simple and make for easy meals during hectic days when you don’t have time to cook up anything elaborate.
The right lunch is as good as money in your pocket, because it can save you several hundred calories. Use your imagination. Many chain restaurants will offer lower-calorie versions of their meals.
For example, McDonald’s has salads and grilled chicken sandwiches instead of fries and cheeseburgers. If you’re not interested in that, check out Chipotle or other fast-casual restaurants for burritos or tacos with grilled meats and veggies.
By day 5 of being in ketosis, you’ll probably be getting sick of chicken and beef. To mix it up, try replacing those meats with something else, such as fish or seafood for protein. As for meatless meals, that goes double for vegetarians.
But if you don’t have time to plan out your entire day’s worth of meals, we have some quick-and-easy dinner options below 1) Ground Beef – Cook ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until browned.
Add spinach and cook until wilted then add salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, cumin and cayenne pepper to taste. Serve over quinoa or spaghetti squash noodles (two cups cooked).
Low Carb Chili – If you’re not into the idea of ground beef for every meal just yet, try low carb chili. Cook chili ingredients (onion, celery ribs/leaves; garlic cloves; canned tomatoes; diced green chiles; canola oil; fresh jalapeno peppers – optional; water) over medium heat until simmering.