Low carb and keto on a budget
Remember that your priorities are restricting carbohydrates, eating a moderate amount of protein, and adjusting fat as needed for satiety and weight loss goals. If you’re interested in more specifics, please see our guides on how much protein you should eat and how to eat more fat.
Eating more protein and/or more calories from fat keeps you satiated for longer which means you can go longer between meals. Not having to snack constantly to keep hunger at bay is a saving tip all on its own.
This matters, as sometimes protein tends to be relatively expensive compared to other food. As long as you are hitting your protein targets (as described in our protein guide) then you don’t necessarily need to increase your intake, especially if you’re on a budget. Use the tips below instead.
- Keep it simple. A meal doesn’t have to consist of many different elements. The fewer ingredients you need, the less money you’ll spend on buying them, right? Our keto cheese omelet is a great example of that. If you have water with that meal, it’ll cost about $3.50 or just under 3€. Compare that to a Big Mac that costs around $5 (4.2€).
- Use fresh vegetables when they are in season, buy frozen the rest of the year (low-carb vegetables guide).
- It’s usually a better deal to buy a whole chicken and to cut it into pieces yourself. Don’t throw away the carcass. You can use it to make chicken broth.
- Look for deals at your grocery store and stock up on things you tend to use a lot of.
- Learn more about this in our guide on how to make low carb and keto cheaper.
Below, we have listed delicious recipes that will fill you up without emptying your wallet.
What are your best ideas when it comes to living low carb or keto on a budget? Please let us and your fellow readers know in the comments below. Thanks to everyone sharing their great ideas!
Cheap low-carb breakfasts
Budget meal plans
Keto doesn’t have to be expensive. With a little planning and know-how, you can be both keto and thrifty! This week we’ve focused on cheaper yet still very tasty ingredients. We also use the same ingredients in more than one meal so you can buy them in bulk.
To cut your costs even more, buy regular cheese, especially on sale, rather than specialty cheeses that are much more pricey. Don’t buy pre-shredded cheese; buy cheese in large or bulk sizes and shred/grate it yourself. Shredded cheese can be frozen in small batches for quick use and no risk of spoilage. Use fresh vegetables when they are in season, but buy frozen the rest of the year. Frozen meats, too, are usually cheaper. Here you’ll find more money saving low-carb tips.
A tip to save some precious morning time is to prepare the Keto eggs on the go on the Sunday afternoon or on the Monday morning, and then have them ready for a fast breakfast each day of the week.
This meal plan will keep you below 18 net carbs per day.
What are your best ideas when it comes to living low carb on a budget? Please let us and your fellow low carbers know in the comments below.