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Budget-Friendly Keto Recipes and Meal Ideas

One of the biggest complaints and barriers to people doing keto is the perception that it costs too much! 

But that’s a myth. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg for keto groceries. 

Check out these ways to save money when shopping for groceries, and then find our list of favorite budget-friendly keto foods and recipes. 

3 Things To Do Before You Shop

1. Budget 

Before you make your meal plan and grocery list, figure out how much money you have to spend on groceries. 

You don’t want your spending goal to be unrealistic if you have never budgeted before, so look back on your household’s past grocery spending as a starting point. 

Once you set a number as your goal, you can take out cash to make sure you don’t spend over that amount. You can also use a budgeting app like Mint, YNAB, or EveryDollar. 

2. Meal plan

Always go to the store with a list and a plan. 

Meal planning will help you make your keto grocery store run a reality. With online grocery shopping, you can see how much different foods will cost before you head to the store. Or you can place your order online, making it even easier on yourself. 

Mix and match from the meals and keto pantry staples below to make a budget-friendly meal plan and grocery shopping list

VIEW: TIM TEBOW’S 7-DAY KETO MEAL PLAN

3. Eat before you go to the store 

If possible, eat a satisfying meal before you go to the store. If you’re hungry, treats around the store might tempt you to break your keto diet. Research shows you’re more likely to make impulse purchases of unhealthy items if you shop on an empty stomach [1]. Shopping with a content and satisfied stomach will help you avoid temptation and steer clear of overspending. 

4 Ways to Save While Shopping 

1. Shop sales and buy in bulk 

Look out for sales on items like meat and higher-priced goods. Then stock up when they go on sale. Buy in bulk whenever possible. For example, the per pound cost of meat goes down when you buy a bigger package. 

2. Try the discount dollar store

Dollar stores often have fresh vegetables and spices at much lower prices than you can find in conventional grocery stores. This budget shopper claims that shopping at Dollar Tree is 80% cheaper than grocery stores. 

3. Buy fresh vegetables that are in season, get the others frozen

You can get fresh fruits and vegetables for a lower price if they are in season. In-season produce is more likely to be on sale, too.

For low-carb veggies that you will want to have on hand most of the time, go for the frozen version if they’re out of season. Good examples include broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, and kale. Eating frozen vegetables is just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts (if not more) since they’re flash frozen at their peak of freshness. Buying frozen berries is almost always cheaper than buying fresh ones.

4. Opt for cheaper proteins

Eggs are a consistently affordable protein and are very versatile. Canned fish, like tuna, is also a staple that you can easily shop on a budget. Look for fresh meat on sale and freeze it for later to save on higher-priced cuts.  

Budget-Friendly Low-Carb Food Options 

Let’s start with some staples to have on hand at all times. You can mix and match from the below list for some simple, low-carb meals at an affordable price. 

Budget-Friendly Staples 

You can make a variety of low-carb meals from the items on this list. Bacon and eggs, fried veggie scramble, tuna salad, etc. Check out some super easy, affordable keto meal options below. 

Inexpensive Keto Meal Ideas  

1. Meat and cheese wraps

Grab your favorite deli meat and cheese, then roll them up for a quick and easy snack or a light meal. Easy to make, easy to track, and delicious to eat. 

2. Meal replacement shakes

A KetoLogic KetoMeal shake has all the nutrition you need and perfect keto macros. One meal replacement shake is just $3 per serving! 

3. Eggs 

Eggs are one of the most nutritious and affordable keto protein sources out there. You can get creative with how you prepare them. Some of our favorite recipes are below. Try them scrambled or fried, or mix up an omelet or frittata. The opportunities for eggs are endless. 

Need more inspiration? Check out some of our favorite affordable keto recipes below. 

Budget-Friendly Keto Recipes

Easy Keto Tuna Salad 

This recipe will replace all of your other tuna salad recipes. Tuna is full of protein, healthy fats, and makes for the perfect everyday keto lunch. 

tuna salad

Keto Egg Muffins 

You might think egg muffins are just for breakfast, but you can have them any time of day for a protein-packed boost. 

egg muffins

Keto Egg Salad 

Not your standard egg salad. We use the classic ingredients, but give it a flavor upgrade with crisp bacon and fresh chives and parsley.  

Keto egg salad

#1 Keto Casserole 

People love this casserole so much that it has earned its title of being our #1 Keto Casserole! 

keto casserole

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Just like your favorite takeout, only keto. Money-saving tip: use frozen riced cauliflower.  

cauliflower fried rice

Eat Well On A Budget

So the next time you hear someone say that a keto lifestyle is more expensive, you can remind them it’s a myth. There are many budget-friendly keto meal options available. Plus, another bonus of eating keto is that the high fat content makes your meals more satiating, so you won’t be hungry as often. Not to mention, think of all the money you’re saving by not buying carbs anymore!

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