41 Keto Foods to Buy at Aldi!

When you're new to Keto it's incredibly helpful to have a keto shopping list on hand so you know what to look for in the store.  I was so impressed with the variety of Keto supplies at Aldi – here's a list to help you find all the best Aldi Keto goodies!

Keto Shopping List for Aldi (37 Food Finds!)

Jamie here! I first started Keto on January 9th 2019 – and as of today I am *still* (knock on wood!) really happy with my progress.  I've lost 8 inches in my waist (woohoo!) and am down 37 lbs.  I feel so much better in general!

Some of you have been following my progress from the first week I went Keto ,to the third week, when I found the comfort of sugar-free sweets 😉

So my latest update is a little bit different – I wanted to help all you Aldi shoppers by sharing some of the AWESOME Keto-friendly foods I found at Aldi!  Keep in mind I'm “dirty” Keto – so what might be fine for me, maybe not be right for you 🙂

There are lots of things you THINK might be Keto (and aren't) which are a huge bummer.  But there are also several hidden Keto-friendly items you may not have considered!  Here are lots of Keto Diet-friendly foods you can find at Aldi (Please note that some of the processed foods mentioned below are not recommended more than once in awhile.  Take that for what it's worth!)

Keto-Friendly Dairy

  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Butter

I can't even tell you HOW MUCH CHEAPER cream and butter are at Aldi than Walmart, Target, and other stores!  I love picking up staples like this at my Aldi 🙂

  • Cheese

Aldi has SO MANY KINDS OF CHEESE!!  And it's all pretty inexpensive.  Cream cheese to Irish Cheddar – you could go crazy on stocking your fridge with tons of cheese varieties!

  • Specialty Cheese

I felt like their cheese deserved two mentions you know?  Because really Aldi has THREE cheese sections.  There's the regular bags of shredded cheese, then there's the fun kinds next to the lunchmeat section, and THEN there's a third area you can find cheese… the specialty section!  Look for a special case that usually houses hummus, guacamole, etc…  You'll find hard cheeses and seasonal cheeses that will make your Keto heart happy 🙂

  • Eggs

Aldi has the best price in town on eggs – and if you're doing Keto, there's a good bet you're going through more eggs than normal.

  • Kerrygold Butter

This is a recommended grass fed butter and it's SUPER EXPENSIVE some places – but just $3.59 at Aldi 🙂

  • Ghee 

Ghee is an ultra clarified butter – and it's even MORE SUPER EXPENSIVE at some places – but not too bad at Aldi!

Keto-Friendly Produce at Aldi

  • Avocados

Avocados are a good source of healthy fats and lots of Keto folks love to incorporate them into their daily meals.  I think the week I was shopping, avocados were only 59¢ each!  This varies widely by region and season – but it's a good bet you'll find a nice deal there 🙂

  • Cauliflower

While I will never be fooled into thinking cauliflower with cheese is macaroni and cheese – some people are better at pretend than me 😉

  • Squash, Zucchini, Peppers, Fresh Green Beans, and everything else you might want

  • Onions and Mushrooms

I actually go through a lot of mushrooms to add an extra texture to my omelettes, meat dishes and soups.

 

  • Berries Galore!

Blueberries, Rasberries, Strawberries and more are available seasonally at Aldi.  While lots of fruits have too many carbs to eat much of, berries are a bit more Keto friendly

Aldi Meats

  • 100% Grass Fed Ground Beef

When you're trying to go grain-free (part of the Keto diet) – eating corn fed beef kind of defeats the purpose.  If you're looking to switch over to grass-fed beef, Aldi has their own Simply Nature brand that is pretty affordable!

  • LOTS OF OTHER MEAT!

So maybe you're not all the way grass-fed, Aldi still has you covered with a nice variety of pork, beef, chicken, ground turkey, and more!  I have heard people say they don't buy their meat at Aldi – but I have no idea why.  I've bought chicken, beef, turkey and roast there a number of times and it's always been great!

  • Salmon

Look for Salmon as well as other fresh and frozen fish – varies seasonally.

  • Bacon

Are you even Keto if you don't buy your pack of bacon every week?? (Just kidding!)  Aldi carries a few different types of bacon – some more fancy, and some that are really inexpensive.  Check the back of the package to make sure there are no sugars added in the flavoring process!

  • Cheddar Brats

These are one of my favorite lunches, along with some green beans!  I slice them diagonally into medallions and fry them up with some frozen green beans.  Yum!  I believe they only have 2 carbs per link.

  • Chicken Sausage

Switch things up a little with this one!

  • Pepperoni

I like to make my own little pizzas on my almond flour coffee mug bread – so I like to have pepperoni in the fridge always 🙂

  • Salami

Some people love salami – I'll admit I've NEVER had it but if you need some – they have it!

Aldi Keto Snacks

 

  • Chocolate Chip Muffins

I WISH!!  Haha – just checking to make sure you were paying attention 😉

 

  • Elevation Snack Bars

So many people told me about these things I had to buy a couple boxes!  They're only 2 grams of carbs each – but I have to admit, I don't love them.  If you're in a pinch though, they'll work!

  • Pork Rinds

Not a fan!  Moving on…. (But I mean they are cheaper here than some places….)

  • Cheese Crisps

One of my favorite snacks to grab (and they go well with guacamole or keto-friendly salsa too!)

  • Pecans

Aldi has LOTS of nuts – including roasted and salted varieties, and raw varieties.  They're SO much less than my local grocery for a big bag.  Pecans are my favorite for Keto – they have lots of fat, medium amount of protein, and the lowest carb count I've found yet!

  • Organic Guacamole Singles

These are only 2 carbs per tub!

 

  • NOT Keto Cheddar Puffs!

I got SO excited when I saw these white cheddar puffs – I totally thought they were going to be like Moon Cheese.  But ALAS!! They're made with rice flour or some such nonsense 🙁  Don't be fooled!

 

  • Olives and Pickles

I love snacking on briny olives with little sharp cheddar cheese cubes – and Aldi has a few varieties of jumbo stuffed olives as well as plain ones!  Plus if you're a pickle person, or need the juice to cure your Keto Flu – they've got you covered!

 

  • Fit & Active Water Flavors

They come in little squeezy bottles for on the go – or mix in powders.  Either way, if you're getting tired of water it's a nice change!

  • Gatorade Zero

Lots of people also recommend drinking Gatorade or Powerade Zero during their first couple weeks of trying Keto.  It replenishes electrolytes to help stave off the Keto flu!  I drank a Powerade Zero a couple times in my first week and my second week, and never got the Keto flu!

More Aldi Keto Finds

 

  • Bone Broth

 

  • Fair Trade Coffee

I drink a lot of coffee on Keto since I'm mixing my MCT Oil and Collagen into it each morning.  (I have to space out my scoops over a few cups) The Aldi Fair Trade coffee is so good and it's only around $3.50 per bag!

  • Riced Cauliflower

Lots of Keto Recipes sub out noodles, rice and more with Riced Cauliflower.  Aldi has large bags for under $2!

 

  • Stevia Packets

Now that we have to stay away from sugar, get your stevia for your morning coffee!  Although for baking and bigger recipes – you'll probably want to order Swerve or Monkfruit sweeteners 🙂

I know this list isn't exhaustive by any means – but I hope it helps you make your Keto shopping list before you head to Aldi!  And guys – I would just LOVE to hear about some of the Keto friendly items you normally grab at the store.  Leave me a comment below and I may go try out your suggestions!

Need more Keto Foods You Can Eat?

Also check out my Amazon Keto Favorites in this post here!

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New Keto Cookbook On Sale + PRE-ORDER FREEBIES!

If you're doing the Keto diet, my friend Jen just came out with a beautiful new cookbook called Easy Keto for Busy People.  It's got sooooo many yummy recipes that will help you feel satisfied and eat well on your Keto journey.  (I've followed Jen's Keto recipes for years now, and she puts a crazy amount of time and testing into making each recipe JUST right.)

In the book, Jen shares tasty recipes like Fluffy Keto Waffles, Pull-Apart Pizza Bread, Amazing Keto Lasagna, Creamy Tuscan Chicken, Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies, and more.  (YUM!!)

It's on sale on Amazon today (go HERE to order!) and then if you head over here afterwards, you can get a pre-order bonus!

Jen's got 3 INCREDIBLY HELPFUL bonus freebies for you!

  • Full Video Course – learn how to get started doing Keto!
  • 3 Months of Weekly Meal Plans
  • Shopping Lists to go with the Recipes

Jen's a great teacher, and in her cookbook she'll help teach you about:

  • types of ketones & macronutrients
  • the benefits of intermittent fasting
  • lists and charts of what to eat and what to avoid
  • guide to special ingredients like keto-approved sweeteners and alternative flours
  • list of essential kitchen tools
  • and even helpful advice for traveling and dining out while on the keto diet

 

 

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Keto Diet Results – 3 Month Update!

If you've been following Jamie's Keto journey – you may want to check out her most recent Keto Diet results now that she's at the 3 month mark!

Keto Diet Results – 3 Months In

Jamie here!  I realized the other day that I haven’t done a Keto update in a good while (just checked, not since the 3 week mark!) so I thought it’d be a good idea to do one today.

Because, you guys, today was special.

Today I hit a milestone that I’ve been waiting and working for….

I've lost 30 lbs!

 

 

But before we have a party about that awesome news …can I take you back with me for just a moment to January?

I’d been doing the Keto diet for 2-3 weeks and was losing weight pretty quickly – about 10 lbs at that point! (This often happens your first couple weeks of Keto. Just know that a lot of that is water weight – but still exciting!)

So like I said, I was hopping on the scale every morning, excited to see if another half pound was gone. This particular day I pulled the scale out, stepped on it and….. (Do you ever do that thing where you step on the scale and one corner of it is sitting on the edge of the bath rug, or a ball of lint, or a speck of dust – and it gives you a completely wonky reading? Usually I hop off, move it, hop back on and it fixes itself, but this day it gave the same crazy reading three times.) This day it said I had lost 20 lbs overnight.

TWENTY POUNDS??!

Y'all I REALLY really wanted it to be true. My brain just decided to throw logic out the window for a minute and go with it. So I hollered to my husband to come look and I said – there’s no way right? He (with his stupid logic) agreed that there was no way.

He moved it to another part of the floor and I stepped back on – only to discover what I already knew, I was definitely not 20 lbs lighter…

But you know what?  That number stuck in my head.

The 10 lbs I’d lost in the first couple weeks added to the 20 lbs my magic-eight-ball-scale lied to me about – became this 30lb goal that would make me feel like I’d DONE SOMETHING BIG.

Fast forward to todaytoday I stepped on that scale and YOU GUYS – that scale told me I have lost 30 lbs! It showed me the number that I saw back in January but this time it was REAL. (I did move the scale to 5 different places around the bathroom just to make sure. Because, lint.) 😉

 

I went straight to the kitchen and made myself a piece of Keto cake and I put Reddi Whip all over that bad boy. (And guess what – it was only 2 carbs!  Recipe to come…)

And then I texted my mom and my best friend (who are both doing Keto with me) – and next I texted my college kid who I AM SURE wants this weight loss play by play between classes (right?)

And then I figured I should tell you guys too – so here we are!

🥓🥓🥓If you need help starting Keto our friend Jen does this great easy-start course here.  She's been helping people Keto for years!  And if Keto is a little too strict/crazy for you – Laurie swears by Faster Weight To Fat Loss and has lost over 80 lbs and maintained on that program.🥓🥓🥓

My Keto Diet Results at the 3-Month Mark:

  • I was buying size 16 jeans in January, having just outgrown my size 14's. I started Keto on January 9 and I just bought a size 10 jeans!! Seriously, I never thought I'd see a 10 again. (I mean, they are stretchy, but still – a 10!!)
  • My heartburn went away, which is a weird side effect and tells me maybe I have an intolerance to gluten or something? I used to eat 3-5 Tums a day, and I've only had 2 in 3 months!
  • My nails grew really long and my skin got a little glowier. But that's from the daily Collagen and Biotin I started taking on Keto, so maybe that doesn't count. I've never ever had long nails, because I was a biter and then as I got older they just were always really flimsy and papery. So this is weirdly exciting for me!
  • I am not hungry all the time. This is kind of huge actually. Eating high fat foods keeps me full for a long time, so I eat less often. I don't think about food constantly and I'm pretty satisfied with my coffee for most of the morning into afternoon. (If this sounds like a big fat crazy lie to you, trust me I understand. I can't believe it myself!)

P.S. My mom's warts went away. 😂  Now I know this isn't exactly one of MY keto diet results, and it is maybe totally crazy, but she thinks that it has to do with keto and I just thought it was maybe worth mentioning. Also, I gained a new wart on my hand so I'd like to talk to whoever's in charge of handing out/taking back warts.

 

Keto Diet Review:

To summarize this VERY long and rambling update – I’ve been on Keto EXACTLY 3 months tomorrow and have lost 30 lbs.  I haven't exercised like I planned – although I've gone walking and hiking a few times a month.  But I feel better than I used to and SO MUCH LESS SLUGGISH.   I'm more focused and energetic (most days) and less hungry.

I’m hopeful and excited to see how the next 3 months go. (I gave myself 6 months to do Keto before I try to transition into a low carb lifestyle that isn’t so strict.)

The longer I'm on Keto the more I think about what I’ll do when it is transition time. Because obviously one day I would like to eat like a normal person (at least some of the time).

Laurie has been telling me more about the Faster Way to Fat Loss she uses, and it sounds like a program I'd be able to stick with on a long term basis. She does Keto only a couple days a week and incorporates intermittent fasting and other carb cycling strategies. It all sounds great and I know at least three ladies in real life who have lost a ton using it. (Laurie lost 82 lbs!)

If you’re looking into starting Keto, I am not an expert, so definitely watch some Dr. Berg videos and do your research so you know if this would be a good fit for you. (Maybe check in with your doctor to be on the safe side).

 

More About Getting Started With Keto:

Expert or not – if you want to find out more, I've shared my journey in these posts!

Please comment if you have any questions or would to hear more about a particular aspect of Keto dieting. I would also encourage you to get yourself a good support group for meal ideas and questions. (I especially love this supportive fb group – it’s been very helpful to me throughout these 3 months!)

And finally guys – if you decide to go keto, just make sure you have some Lily’s chocolate on hand for when the cravings kick in. Otherwise you might be forced to pick up a bag of sugar-free gummy bears asugar-free gummy bears and eat them all at the movies in one sitting. And friends, that is whole other story for another day. (Spoiler alert – go look at the reviews on these gummy bears go look at the reviews on these gummy bears)

Have a great week!

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How To Get Back In Ketosis (After a HUGE Cheat Day…)

So you cheated! And now you need to figure out how to get back in Ketosis?  Here's what I learned after my Fat Tuesday Carb Feast… 

How To Get Back In Ketosis

Jamie here!  Yesterday was Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday) and I was soooo determined to stay on track.  At 7 weeks into Keto and 22 lbs down, I didn't want to mess up my progress.  But then I made a red velvet cake (for the kids!) and I bought Fat Tuesday junk food (for the kids!) … and then while I was hanging out with the family and making pizza rolls I came to a decision.  I AM GOING TO EAT SOME YUMMY STUFF TODAY.

So, for supper I baked myself a Totino's Pepperoni pizza and I LOVED EVERY BITE.  (My husband thinks I'm crazy but I can't help it, I love these things!)

Then I figured, in for a penny, in for a pound!  So I enjoyed a double helping of chips and salsa.

And later while cutting the cake and looking for the Baby Jesus, I just figured… might as well have an enormous slice!

In bed last night I added it up – and my Fat Tuesday feast was around 160 carbs.

ONE HUNDRED. AND SIXTY.  CARBS.  😱😱

So what the heck do I do to get back on track after a cheat day?

4 Tips To Restart Ketosis

(Check out my friend Jennifer's new COOKBOOK KETO FRIENDLY RECIPES HERE if you're looking for Keto cooking and ideas!) 

Don't Give Up!

First things first – don't beat yourself up about it!

Even though we're trying to get healthier or lose weight (or both) that doesn't mean we can't enjoy life.  Eating the things you really love once in awhile can make you not feel too deprived.  That's a solid psychological benefit if you ask me, and could help you stay strong and Keto-On for the long term!

Okay, but now that we've hugged it out – what are we going to do with ourselves?  How can I get BACK into Ketosis?

 

alarm clock showing fasting to get back into ketosis

Use Fasting To Get Back Into Ketosis Quickly

Loads of articles I've read recommend intermittent fasting as one surefire way to get into ketosis more quickly. (Here's a good one and also here) There's a lot of info out there about intermittent fasting, but I'll let you do your homework about it.  If you're a first time faster, you may want to start with a 12-hour fast.

Examples of a 12-Hour fast:

  • Stop eating at 8pm and don't have ANY CALORIES AT ALL (even cream in your coffee!) until 8 am.
  • Finish eating at Midnight (Hello – night owl here!) and don't have any calories until Noon the next day.

This gives your body a chance to use up the carbs you just ate, as well as fat stores you already have.  If you have extremely awesome willpower, lots of folks recommend a 16:8 fast.  That means they fast for 16 hours, and only eat their meals during an 8 hour window.

Examples of a 16:8 Fast:

  • Eat an early supper – end at 6pm.  Have Black coffee/Tea for breakfast (adding Stevia sweetener is fine!) and start eating at 10am
  • Have a late supper – end at 8pm.  Have Black coffee/tea for breakfast and eat lunch at 12pm.

So – not impossible right?

hiking outside to burn carbs

Hiking up and down hills with my bestie Tessie – despite the cold!

Exercise Those Evil Carbs Away!

So let's say you just ate 160 carbs (ahem) and completely topped off your body's glycogen stores.  Exercising is one great way to use them up before your body turns them into fat.  Grab your bestie and go do some running (or if you're as out of shape as me, maybe some slow, labored jogging…)  But not just once – do it a few times in the first few days after your cheat.

If you already go to the gym regularly – ramp up your routine a bit after you've gone off track.

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Strictly Limit Carbs to Restart Ketosis

Get back to limiting carbs to 15-20 per day!  It's time to be a little more strict on yourself than normal.  If you're not sure what your carb limit is (it varies by weight/height/etc…) – I recommend getting the Carb Manager app.  It's a little hard to get used to at first, but was extremely helpful for me to know where my boundaries were when I started.

Also – maybe it's time to try out some new recipes so you don't feel so stuck in a rut that you crave cheat foods.  My friend Kasey has a whole lot of amazingly good and easy Keto recipes here!  She does a meal plan every week and runs a FB group that I'm a part of.

How Long Does It Take To Get Back Into Ketosis?

Experts say that you could get back into Ketosis within as little as 12 hours (assuming you're a young, trim, athletic male who's been doing Keto awhile and who's body is already fat adapted.)  🙄

Now for the rest of us – it could take 2-7 days.  I am crossing my fingers for 2, and I'll update this post when I have an answer!

I'm using Ketone Test Strips to test myself, paired with the knowledge that I always get really dry mouth when I'm in Ketosis.  These aren't always the most accurate ways to tell if you're in ketosis.  You can use a blood monitor like this one to be really sure.

What's Your Experience?

I'm still so new to this – and I would love to hear from any of you who regularly have an off-track day and have been able to get back into ketosis relatively quickly.  How long do you fast?  How much do you exercise, if any?  How long does it normally take you?

LAURIE'S SUCCESS STRATEGY:

If you could use lots of structure and help along your journey – this is the weight loss program that was super successful for Laurie!  She lost 82 lbs and recommends this program above all others she's tried!  It incorporates Keto 2 days a week – as well as principles of intermittent fasting – but it's not as strict as regular Keto overall 🙂

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Almond Flour Coffee Mug Bread Recipe

 

Jamie here! I mentioned how I started doing Keto recently – and I promised to share the coffee mug bread recipe I use and love.  Well here it is!!

 

I started off with this Magic Mug Low Carb Bread recipe here which is great and uses no dairy (for anyone who needs to avoid that!)  If you're allergic to nuts or prefer the less-expensive coconut flour, I also highly recommend Kasey Trenum's 90-second bread that actually tastes good!

 

I took notes from both of these recipes and made a couple minor adjustments for personal taste.  I've been making a batch on Sunday nights (a double batch if I'm sharing with my friend who just started Keto with me) and it's really helping me get through my first couple weeks.

Here's how I make my weekly batch of almond flour coffee mug bread.  (Find my ingredient list at the bottom of this post!)

 

Almond Flour Coffee Mug Bread Recipe

1 . Start with a straight-sided coffee mug

2 . Put a generous pat of butter in the mug and melt in the microwave.  Swirl it around until it coats the ENTIRE inside of the cup well.

3 . Add eggs, almond flour, baking powder and salt (plus cheese if you will be using your bread for savory meals)

4 . Whisk all ingredients with a fork until combined and smooth

5 . Microwave for 3 minutes, the bread should rise to the top (or even slightly out of) the mug.

6 . Remove and let cool for 1 minute. Then hold with an oven mitt and shake upside down onto a cutting board.  (Mine comes out kind of like a tornado shape *see below* – so the little ends bits I usually use for my “croutons”) 🙂

7 . Slice into thin circles.  Try to get 4-6 thin bread circles out of your “loaf”.

The amount of butter you see above was my first attempt and was NOT ENOUGH!

SUPER IMPORTANT: My friend Kasey warned me and she was SO RIGHT that you really need to put a GOODLY amount of butter in a skillet and toast up your bread circles on both sides.  This makes them YUMMIER and STURDIER for any sandwiches or mini pizza plans you might have in mind for the week.

Keep in mind this is almond flour, and it burns easily.  Keep a good eye on those puppies!

Guys – I really took these pics for my mom – so they're kinda goofy 😉

BIGGER BREAD TIP:  Use a small straight-sided pyrex bowl to create bigger bread circles for the week.  (I use the 4-cup bowl from this set) You can use these to make open-face sandwiches, personal pan pizzas, and all sorts of other creations!  I doubled the recipe for my pyrex bowl and it came out beautifully! (But was harder to remove, so load up on that butter)

My pictures are super horrible (because I only took them to send my mom) but here are some ways you can use your almond flour coffee mug bread throughout the week.

Mini Pizzas! 

Load cold bread up with low-carb marinara, meats you like, mushrooms, veggies, etc… and lots of cheese.  Put it in the microwave and voila!  I love that when you microwave this bread it actually gets a little crisper.  Like it activates that butter and re-toasts it.  Perfect!

Open Face Sandwiches!

Lunchmeat, Cheese, Bacon – yum!  I just pop mine in the microwave to make life easy – and like I mentioned before, the bread gets crisper instead of soggier (amazing!)

Mississippi Chicken Bowl!

You can use these for buns when you make Mississippi Chicken – but when I use the leftovers for a few days, I like to put my chicken in a bowl (I've added sauteed mushrooms here) and add some cut up bread as an extra crouton-like texture.

Here's a very bad pic of how I heated them both up in the skillet together. 😉

MEXICAN RESTAURANT TIP:

I always order Pollo Loco with Chicken and Steak (It's just cheesy chicken and steak pieces over rice).  I was SO worried I would totally cave the first week we went out with the family – when I had to ask for no rice 🙁  But I brought along a little baggie of my almond flour bread croutons – and sprinkled them over my pollo loco.  It added just enough texture to make me feel totally satisfied (I couldn't even finish more than half my meal!)

 

Ingredients for Almond Flour Coffee Mug Bread:

(Double for Pyrex Bowl loaf)

  • Straight sided mug
  • Big pat of butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (course or fine – depends on if you like a little more texture)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt (for extra minerals) or regular salt if that's all you have
  • 2 tbsp of your favorite shredded cheese – parmesan, sharp cheddar, etc… (Optional add-in for savory bread!)

Macros: Depending on if you use cheese and which flour you choose – your carbs will be slightly different.  Plugging these ingredients into an app like MyFitnessPal or CarbManager will give you your totals!

For tons more ideas on ways to eat well on Keto – check out these FREE Keto Meal Plans here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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