The ketogenic diet is having its pop culture moment. But it’s no food fad or trend—this high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb way of eating has been shown in numerous studies to help people achieve restored energy, enhanced brain health, stabilized blood sugar, lowered inflammation, and so much more.
While a traditional ketogenic diet is meat- and dairy-heavy, in my functional medicine clinic, I often hear that eating this way can become a very costly endeavor—especially when clients choose to buy all organic, grass-fed sources of meat and dairy. And beyond cost, many people would rather stay more plant-centric.
Not only can a more plant-based version of the ketogenic diet help your health and the environment—it’s a lot easier on your wallet as well! Beyond all the cool health benefits, trying a more plant-based version of keto is just one way to save money if that alone is your particular goal.
For just around $10 a person each day, two people can eat clean, whole-food, plant-centric keto for three days’ worth of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. To stay within budget, I started my shopping at ALDI and ended at Trader Joe’s, comparing prices and availability as I went along. While some things I chose to buy organic, other things I bought conventional (consult the Clean 15/Dirty Dozen list to make good choices in this realm). I also had some things on hand such as pantry staples and spices.