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

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Consider it a cleanse for your pantry!

If you don’t already follow a keto 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! We’ve created 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
    • Teriyaki Sauce
    • Low-Fat salad dressings (such as vinaigrettes or other sweetened dressing)
    • Maple syrup
    • Honey

Certain oils and dairy:

non-keto friendly 2% reduced fat milk

    • Yogurt with added sugars
    • Spreadable butter alternatives such as margarine
    • Cow’s milk

Fruit & fruit products:

non-keto friendly strawberry preserves

    • All fruit with the exception of berries
    • 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
    • Cookies
    • Cake
    • Doughnuts
    • Candy

Basically all those yummy treats that are sweetened with SUGAR!


Vegetables:

non-keto friendly frozen sweet peas

    • Peas
    • Carrots
    • Corn
    • Potatoes like hash browns, fries, & tater tots


High-carb items to ban from the pantry:

Baking products:

jar of sugar on cutting board

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

Snacks:

kettle chips in bag

    • Crackers
    • Granola bars
    • Fruit rolls
    • Chips

Canned foods:

non-keto friendly garbanzo beans

    • Lentils
    • Peas
    • Black beans
    • Pinto beans
    • Chickpeas
    • Kidney beans
    • Corn
    • Fruit
    • Soup

Grains:

non-keto friendly white pasta

    • Pasta
    • Quinoa
    • Rice
    • Grits
    • White bread
    • Whole-wheat bread
    • Gluten-free bread
    • Flour or corn tortillas
    • Bagels
    • Croutons
    • Bread crumbs
    • Granola
    • Cereal
    • Oats

Root vegetables/tubers:

non-keto friendly bags of white and russet baking potatoes

    • Potatoes
    • Sweet potatoes/yams
    • Beets
    • Carrots

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!


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