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Clear It Out! High-Carb Foods to Purge From Your Kitchen Before Starting Keto

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garbage bag filled with cereal, crackers, and other non-keto food

Consider it the removal of temptation.

If you don’t already follow a low-carb diet, you’re likely to have products in your house with a high sugar and carb content, even if you’re not aware of it! Cleaning out your fridge and pantry is an essential and beneficial step before starting on your keto journey. It’s also nice to start with a clean slate!

Here’s a list of what needs to go so you can start off in the best way possible.


High-carb foods to toss from your fridge & freezer:

Condiments:

non-keto friendly honey sweetened bbq sauce

  • Ketchup
  • BBQ sauce
  • Low-Fat salad dressings (such as vinaigrettes or other sweetened dressing)
  • Maple syrup

Certain oils and dairy:

non-keto friendly 2% reduced fat milk

  • Yogurt
  • Spreadable butter alternatives
  • Cow’s milk

Fruit & fruit products:

non-keto friendly strawberry preserves

  • All fruit with the exception of berries and cantaloupe
  • Fruit cups
  • Jams or jellies with added sugar
  • Any fruit juice, including orange juice, apple juice, grape juice, cranberry juice, and tomato juice

Sweets:

non-keto friendly frozen chocolate covered banana slices

  • Ice cream
  • Pudding
  • Jello
  • Frozen desserts

Basically all those yummy treats that are sweetened with SUGAR!


Vegetables:

non-keto friendly frozen sweet peas

  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Hash browns


High-carb items to ban from the pantry:

Baking products:

non-keto friendly all purpose baking flour

  • Wheat-based flour
  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch / Cornmeal
  • Honey
  • Agave

Snacks:

non-keto friendly pistachio pomegranate crackers

  • Crackers
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit rolls
  • Cookies
  • Chips
  • Chocolate
  • Candy

Canned foods:

non-keto friendly garbanzo beans

  • Lentils
  • Peas
  • Black beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Kidney beans
  • Corn
  • Mandarin oranges

Grains:

non-keto friendly white pasta

  • Pasta
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Grits
  • White bread
  • Whole-wheat bread
  • Gluten-free bread
  • Flour tortillas
  • Bagels
  • Granola
  • Cereal
  • Oats

Root vegetables/tubers:

non-keto friendly bags of white and russet baking potatoes

  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes/yams
  • Beets

Now what to do with all that food…

high-carb pantry items

In many cases, purging the above items could clear out a majority of cabinets, but it doesn’t mean these products have to go to complete waste!

Consider donating unopened non-perishable boxes and cans to a local food shelter. Try to incorporate unopened products into appetizers or other dishes you may bring to an upcoming party. You can also explain to family and friends that certain products no longer fit into your diet to see if they would be willing to take them off your hands.

If space allows, you can dedicate a cabinet or section of the fridge that’s simply off limits to store these foods for non-keto members of your household. There is truly power in the out-of-sight, out-of-mind effect!

Depending on when you plan to start keto, you could try to use up non-keto foods in your weekly cooking so they don’t go to waste—while still being mindful that you’re not eating 12 granola bars in a day. And when all else fails (and there is absolutely nowhere else to direct these products), toss them in the trash. Remember, you’ll be better off without these carb-heavy products, and you’re well on your way to a fulfilling, fat-fueled life!


Read which foods are filled with hidden sugar and their keto-friendly replacements.


Emily S. has 2+ years' experience experience writing in health, beauty, & living frugally. She has degrees in Business & Communication. Connect with Emily on LinkedIn


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  1. Joan Thompson

    Got rid of those high carb foods and stocked my keto cabinet. I used your recipe for keto rolls/bagels. They turned out great! Thank you. Can’t wait for Monday:-)

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Woohoo! That’s so great to hear! You’re very welcome, Joan!

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