The Ultimate Keto Kitchen Set Up Guide for Beginners
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Setting your life and kitchen to go “Keto” does not have to be an episode of total home make over. It can feel totally overwhelming. Opening the fridge or pantry to see a big cluttered mess feels like another mountain to climb.
What do you keep? What do you throw out? Look at all that money you spent on CRAP!
There are some simple steps to get your Keto Kitchen set up right to get started….AND none of it has to be perfect.
Here’s the deal…If you have people in your home that won’t “go keto” you will need to navigate around that carby food. The bread, the pasta, the crackers will need to stay for them. However….best to give some space and division to those foods
If hurts a little to even think about giving away hundreds of dollars of foods you need to shift your thinking. Yes, you’ve spent your hard earned money on that food….but it needs to go.
My Clean Out Advice…
- Devote 3-5 hours of your time
- Remove every stinking food-like item from the fridge and the pantry.
- Place all items in categories grouped together. ie…canned goods with canned goods
- Create a pile of give away items if you just can not throw it away.
- Wash or wipe down all shelves, drawers and racks
- Assess Keto Grocery List for items needed as staples for your pantry
- Place items back into clean fridge and pantry (like with like)
My Restocking Advice…
- Shop your fridge and pantry for staple items needed
- Read labels, nutrition calculations and ingredient lists
- Know the 50 Names of Sugar
- Buy in bulk to save on expense and trips to the market
- Buy food as clean as you can (grass-fed, organic, blah blah blah)
Small Useful Appliances/Tools
You really only need a cutting board, a bowl and a good knife as your basics. It’s nice to have all the gadgets, but sometimes they make it more overwhelming. However, I do like to have a few fun things to make the jobs quicker and easier.
Here are the other staples I use in my Keto Kitchen..
- Hand held Mandoline
- Egg Slicer
- Immersion Blender
- Instant Pot
- Casserole dishes in 1-3 sizes
- rimmed baking sheet
Simple Keto Meal Planning Advice…
I use an app called eMeals that kinda does all the work for me.
Here’s what I do…
- Figure out who you are responsible to feed this week at your home.
- Ask them what they feel like eating this week.
- Shop your fridge for what needs to be used up.
- Do a little Keto Meal Planning on eMeals.com
- Cook a few times and plan for leftovers.
- Freeze extras so you have meals in the coming weeks
Most people starting Keto are looking for their replacement beverages. They may have a special soda or morning coffee that needs to be replaced or mimicked as you make the transition.
My advice for your Keto Kitchen….don’t even try to substitute with a bunch of sweet sugar free crap filled sweetened coffees and protein shakes and Gatorade type drinks. It’s best to just move on and get past that non-sense as quickly as possible.
Let’s call that morning routine of your coffee with cream and sugar what it really is….DESSERT FOR BREAKFAST. #truth
How about those juice cleanses, kombuchas and pressed fruit drinks…again…pure sugar, no fiber. Just stop it.
Here’s what I drink…
- Black coffee (usually hot, but iced is great, too)
- Tea (iced or hot)
- Plain water (iced or hot)
- Seltzer water
Occasionally I’ll toss a splash of heavy cream in my coffee. When I do add cream it tastes like a milkshake. YUM!
The quicker you can get to these plain beverages the better. I say go cold turkey and you will learn to love your plain beverages super fast.
Here’s how I always have beverages ready in my Keto Kitchen…
- Keurig machine
- Coffee pods bought in bulk off amazon on subscription
- 5 gallon jugs of spring water delivered every 2-3 weeks
- La Croix seltzer 12 packs always stocked in fridge
- La Croix seltzer is delivered with monthly water delivery
- Carry 32oz refillable water jug around with me daily
- Heavy Cream stocked in fridge (quart size)
Protein is always stocked
We eat a lot of animal protein in our home. I love going to the supermarket, but I don’t always have a ton of time. I am also always looking for the best deals as well.
My Keto Kitchen is stocked with a lot of my meats through a subscription based service called Butcher Box. I assess what we will want to be eating and then have it delivered right to my door. My freezer is well stocked most of the time.
Here are the things I stock my fridge with…
- Ground Beef
- Italian Sausage (mild and hot)
- Chicken (all cuts)
- Pork ribs
- Pork Roast
- Ground Turkey
- Hot Dogs
- Louisiana hot links
- Boars Head Deli sliced cold cuts
Need Help with your Keto Kitchen?
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Just happy to be healthy, happy & OFF the diet roller coaster!
My secret to lasting weight loss
Maintaining my weight loss, and quite frankly staying healthy, has always been the main driver for this website. Making healthy food in my Keto Kitchen is really my trick.
Sorry, it’s that simple for me…I meal prep and almost always cook at home.
I wrote a few articles about this and will write more. Everyone needs to know that cooking at home is one of my major keys to success.
Every meal does not have to be epic.
When I am prepared I have a much better chance at success and maintaining my best health.
- The Diet That Changed My Life
- My 80 – 20 Rule
- Re-Thinking Healthy Food
- Life with a Keto Mom
- My Favorite Low Carb & Keto Resources
MEDICAL AND NUTRITION DISCLAIMER…Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I am simply recounting and sharing my own experiences on this blog. Nutritional break downs are done using a commercial nutrition calculator. Nothing I express here should be taken as medical advice and you should consult with your doctorbefore starting any diet or exercise program. I provide nutritional information for my recipes simply as a courtesy to my readers, this should never be construed as medical advice.