Sample Ketogenic Diet Menu

Sample Ketogenic Diet MenuKeeping your tastebuds entertained while following a keto diet does not have to be a struggle.  Some low-carb, high-fat dieters find that they have the most success with their diet when they eat consistent meals on a regular basis and do not deviate from their plan.  Others find that if their diet has too much repetition it will get boring and difficult to stick to.  Whether you choose to stick to a set of staple meals that you eat every week or you’d rather spice things up, there are plenty of amazing food choices on the ketogenic diet.

One-Week Sample Keto Diet Menu

We’ve created this ketogenic diet menu to give you an idea of what the low carb lifestyle is like on a week-to-week basis.  If you are starting out on a low carb diet, or simply looking for some new menu ideas for your ongoing ketogenic lifestyle, here is a basic ketogenic meal plan for one week.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 1 Two fried eggs with two rashers of streaky bacon. Green salad with cubed ham and grated cheese. Pork chops with oriental spices and stir fried spring greens.
Day 2 Scrambled eggs with chives. Two hot dog sausages with green salad. Sirloin steak with steamed or raw spinach.
Day 3 Ham and cheese omelet. Two hamburger patties with cheese and bacon. Roast pork belly with cauliflower cheese.
Day 4 Smoked salmon and cream cheese roll-ups. Green salad with egg mayonnaise. Roast chicken (with the skin left on) and broccoli.
Day 5 Low-Carb Pancakes with Sugar Free Maple Syrup Mozzarella and salami slices. Spare ribs and green vegetable stir fry with chili pepper.
Day 6 Two sausages with poached eggs. Ground beef fried with spices and served in an iceberg lettuce “taco shell”. Turkey leg with Brussels sprouts.
Day 7 Poached eggs with spinach and melted cheese (Eggs Florentine). Deep fried chicken wings on a bed of lettuce. Tuna steak with steamed green vegetables.

Ketogenic Diet Snacks

For snacking on the ketogenic diet, consider the following:

  • A small portion of nuts – we love Madi K’s Spicy Salsa Almonds
  • Pork rinds – Lowrey’s are the BEST.  Original or Hot N’ Spicy, depending on your taste.
  • Cubed cheese.
  • Quest bars!!!  Pardon our enthusiasm, but we were searching for the ultimate low-carb snack bar and we finally found it.  3-4g of net carbs per bar, no sugar or sugar alcohols, and an amazing taste.  Our favorites are Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Supreme.
  • Celery sticks with cream cheese.
  • Low-carb Tortilla and Cheese roll-up.  You can probably find LC tortillas at your local grocery store, but do yourself a favor and order Mama Lupe’s Low Carb Tortillas.  We’ve tried tons of brands and these are so good that you can serve them to people that aren’t on a low-carb diet and they won’t notice any difference.
  • Beef Jerky – be careful because there can be a lot of hidden carbs in regular off-the-shelf Beef Jerky.  We’ve found that Old Wisconsin Snack Sticks from Amazon are super low carb and delicious.
  • Pepperoni slices.
  • Cold cuts.
  • Just The Cheese crunchy baked cheese snacks.  These are the only thing we’ve found that replace the occasional handful of Cheez-Its from the pantry.  Awesome, awesome snack.
  • Chicken wings.
  • Smoked salmon and cream cheese roll-ups.
  • Cocktail sausages.
  • Hard boiled eggs.

As a note, you do need to check the carbohydrate content of everything you eat, especially processed foods such as sausages, cheeses and sauces. There could be hidden carbs in the products used to preserve or “pad out” these foods, so make sure you are buying the lowest carb options and counting the carbs they do contain to ensure you don’t go over your daily limit.

Avoid “low fat” foods. Because you aren’t eating many carbs, you need to ensure you are eating enough fat so that you have plenty of energy and to prevent your metabolism slowing down as your body thinks it is starving due to a low caloric intake (this inhibits weight loss and makes you feel off color). This means leaving the skin on chicken, and not cooking your meat on a fat reducing grill or similar. Feel free to use butter and oil in cooking, and ensure you buy full fat cheese and mayonnaise. In the low fat alternatives, the fat is often replaced by carbs.

Drink tons of water.  No, seriously – tons of it.

Coffee is OK – but don’t load up on sugar and milk.  We recommend sweeteners like Stevia or EZ-Sweetz and instead of milk, try heavy cream, almond milk, or even butter (!) for delicious and decadent low-carb coffee.

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6 Responses to Sample Ketogenic Diet Menu

  1. Cory Nickolas March 22, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    I really like your writing style, excellent info , thankyou for posting : D.

  2. Lou July 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Thank you for this, this will really help me start my keto diet

  3. Dave July 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    Hey folks, I am a 55 year old guy whos used to be in good shape, so was wondering if I could use the Keto diet to lose fat and gain muscle, obviously I would have to increase caloric intake as I am weight training and performing cardio so was wondering about supplements, vits and minerals as well whey protein, as I am trying to lose body fat and build muscle I need extra calories.. plus creatine and NO pre work out and a post work supplement…

  4. Ralene August 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    Someone posted Dr. Wortman’s interview on facebook. Very good, especially b/c I was on the right track without knowledge of Dr. Wortman or of the ketogenic diet. However, I was still eating a small amount of bread. My diabetes has improved since eating healthier, as he recommends. I’ve been at it now for 8 months (diagnosed w/type 2 Dec 8, 2011). For the past 3 days I have had no bread. We will see how much that helps. All I can say is ‘bravo’ to the ketogenic diet!

  5. Blue August 18, 2016 at 8:52 pm #

    I have an allergy to eggs but need to start this diet to help with my epilepsy.
    Are there any alternative breakfasts that anyone would recommend?

  6. MRGE August 25, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

    Thanks for being a person willing to share information to help the poor person gain the information necessary to improve our health. Too many are out there sell information that is worthless and does not fit into our budget; or we older people do not like e-books and prefer real books printed on paper so we can read and learn from the printed word. I have tried everything and just get fatter. I want to try this diet. It took me 2 years to get off soda, working on bread and sugar now – so hard. Thank you for your website.

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