If you’ve been exploring the LCHF diet, you know it can be a total game-changer for your eating habits. But let’s be real, it can also be a bit of a challenge, especially when it comes to the costs involved. Groceries are already putting a dent in our wallets, and the thought of adding more specialty ingredients and pricey supermarket trips might seem daunting. But fear not, because we’ve got some nifty tips to help you enjoy the keto lifestyle without burning a hole in your pocket. Ready? Let’s dive in:
- Say goodbye to expensive packaged foods. Those LCHF ice creams and snacks might look tempting, but they can add up fast. Instead, prioritize whole foods and treat yourself to those fancy options occasionally.
- Buying in bulk is your money-saving superhero. Look for nuts, seeds, and shredded coconut in bulk containers at most stores. And don’t forget that cooking oils can be purchased in large quantities online or at discount stores. Just make sure you buy healthy olive oil, not sunflower or flaxseed oil!
- Veggies are the unsung heroes of the LCHF world, so don’t forget to give them some love. Some might be carb-filled, but they’re essential for a well-rounded diet. Load up your plate with LCHF-approved vegetables and enjoy the benefits.
- Planning is key! Before you hit the store, plan your meals ahead of time. This will save you from impulsive purchases and expensive take-out orders. Pro tip: Prep some boiled eggs and shredded chicken in advance to stay on track all week long.
- Frozen fruits and veggies to the rescue! They’re not only keto-friendly but also more affordable than their fresh counterparts. Plus, they stay fresh for longer, so no more wasted produce.
- Let’s talk about protein on a budget. Eggs are a superstar – they’re cheap and versatile, perfect for keto meals. You can also save money by buying cooked whole chickens and using or freezing all parts. Cheaper cuts of meat like pork, beef sirloin, ground chuck, and chicken thighs are great options too.
Now, here’s your ultimate wallet-friendly grocery list for a LCHF-friendly feast:
- Meats: eggs, canned tuna, whole (free-range) chickens, pork chops, bulk ground meats, discounted fresh meats. Remember that meat can last while in the deep freezer, so don’t be afraid
- Proteins: canned tuna, cottage cheese, plain full-fat yoghurt
- HEALTHY fats: Grab those bulk amounts of shredded coconut, walnuts, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, hemp hearts, chia seeds, flax seeds, and nut butters. Don’t forget avocado and olive oils, and if avocados are on sale, stock up and freeze the flesh for later. Keep an eye out for frozen coconut cubes and canned coconut milk. And when cheeses, butter, and ghee are on sale, don’t hesitate to snag them.
- Non-starchy veggies: zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, celery, green beans, spaghetti squash, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cucumber, lettuce, spinach, arugula, eggplant, mushrooms, bell peppers – keep them in your shopping radar.
- Low carb fruits: raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, plums, clementines, cherries, blueberries, kiwi (in-season, on sale, or frozen).
So, remember, you can enjoy the keto lifestyle without breaking the bank. Sure, some items might seem pricey at first, but think of it as an investment in your health. With these tips and a little budget savvy, you’ll be living the keto dream and savouring high-quality, nutritious foods in no time. Cheers to a happy and healthy journey!