I’m of the firm belief that you don’t need a lot of fancy stuff to eat keto. I mean, sure, it’s nice to have a few pre-made things on hand. But by and large, omitting processed foods is one of the biggest steps to keto success. Of course, to do that, you need to have a well-stocked pantry. Another plus to having a well-stocked pantry is that it eliminates the temptation to cheat, especially when you come home exhausted after a long day at work and realize you forgot to take anything out to thaw for dinner.
Keep in mind, I’m not suggesting that you run out and buy all of this stuff tomorrow. For many people, keto needs to be affordable. That’s completely understandable. However, if you can buy a new product or two each week, it won’t take long to fill your pantry. Be sure to watch for sales; shopping at warehouse clubs like Sam or Costco can also help reduce your costs.
Apple Cider Vinegar – ACV is great for detox, which is why so many people swear by it for weight loss. If you’re trying to get over the keto flu, or your cheat day went a little more off the rails than you planned, apple cider vinegar in a drink of your choice can help clear out the bad stuff and get you back on track. Plus, it can make a great salad dressing. If you can’t stomach the drink, the capsules can have the same detoxing effect. Every morning I put 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar + 1 tbsp of psyllium fiber in an 8 oz glass of water, chugger down.
Bone Broth Powder – I love bone broth. In my Facebook group, I have a 3-day bone broth cleanse program. Many people have found it to be a great kick starter, detox and stall breaker. While you can certainly make your own bone broth, the powder is handy to keep in stock for those times when you don’t have it in the freezer. Because it takes so long to make it, some people actually just prefer to use the powder. It’s also not easy to get in all of your protein macros and Intentionally Bare Bone Broth Protein Powder has 20g’s of protein per serving. The powder is unflavored, so you can add raw cocoa, berries, etc.. You can order bone broth powder here for the US, or here for Canada.
Pickles – A lot of people swear by pickles as a way to get their sodium, so this is one thing you should pick up in the early days of the keto diet. Pickle juice can be consumed a few ounces at a time (or more if you’re really a fan) and some people like to eat sliced pickles out of hand as a crunchy snack.
Fatty Coffee (or Tea) Supplies – I’m a big fan of fatty coffee, also known as bulletproof coffee. How you make it is up to you; just make sure you keep the supplies on hand. It’s a great way to start your morning, and I often have one in the afternoon as a pick me up. You’ll need your favorite coffee (or tea), butter, and MCT Oil (US | Canada).
Butter – Your best choice for butter is grass-fed organic butter. Butter from grass-fed cows has vitamin K2, which has been touted as increasing bone density and used to prevent osteoporosis. However, any butter works, especially if you’re on a budget. Just make sure you’re using butter, not margarine (fun fact… margarine is 1 molecule away from plastic). Butter is useful for cooking meat in. It imparts a great flavor and is a good way to add fat.
Salad Dressing – For most people, the carbs that are eaten come in the form of veggies. Salads are a quick and easy way to get your nutrients. They travel well and are a good side if your family is still eating carbs like potatoes or pasta. Depending on the dressing you love, it may also be a great meat marinade or something to dip cooked meat into. I make my own homemade salad dressing by combining MCT Oil, Italian spices, minced garlic, apple cider vinegar, Himalayan sea salt, and a little water…blend... mmmmmm!
You got this!
Leta ~ Intentionally Bare
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