Just about everyone is looking for to balance eating good quality foods with saving money. This low carb meal prep from Walmart is just that! It includes fats from grass fed animals and manages to keep the cost down to a reasonable level. If you’re looking for the absolute cheapest meal prep for a keto diet, be sure to check out our Keto on $5 a Day Meal Plan.
Meal Prep Video
That’s right! In addition to the printable package located at the bottom of this post, we’ve also put together a “how to” video that walks you through this meal prep. My recommendation would be to print out the instruction package and watch the video as you prep! Check it out:
Tips and Tricks for Healthy Keto on the Cheap
- Grass Fed Butter
Grass fed butter is going to be the cornerstone of any cheap and healthy low carb meal prep. It’s extremely cost effective and provides a good chunk of the fat you’re going to need in this 5 day plan. Kerrygold is a good brand and can be found in most stores in the United States these days, but you may be able to find some even better local stuff if you look hard enough!
- Fatty Cuts of Grass Fed or Pastured Animals
You may be delighted to realize that the fattier cuts of meat happen to be the cheap ones. It’s great! Switching to a keto diet can drastically cut down the amount of money you spend on proteins, which are the most costly parts of any diet. The cheapest stuff tends to be ground beef, chicken legs and thighs, as well as certain cuts of pork. We like to shop sales and adjust our plan in accordance with what’s discounted.
- Meal Prep and Cooking in Bulk
Not only is meal prep a big money saver, but it also helps a ton with adherence. Having meals at the ready is crucial! The fact that there isn’t a lot of ready to eat food that fit within the guidelines of keto, meal prep is even more important! As soon as you start meal prepping you won’t believe how much easier sticking to keto is.
Our Walmart Meal Plan
As always, we walked into Walmart with an open mind. We had a general plan, but we were open to changing the plan based on sales. We knew that grass fed butter and grass fed ground beef were going to make it into the plan, but we filled the rest of this low carb meal prep plan in with sales and whatever looked good! Be flexible!
2 Large Meals + A Snack Box!
This is probably our favorite format of eating. We always have 2 large meals, and sometimes a snack or 2. This meal plan can be flexible in that the snack box can act as a meal on its own. Especially if you need to bring lunch to work, this snack box is perfect!
Keto Snack Box
The snack box for this plan is perfect! You can interchange some of the pieces to fit your tastes, but the concept is great! If you’re just getting started on a keto diet it can be nice to have a big box of stuff to eat when you get cravings. Be sure to download the full meal plan below to get all of the specific cooking instructions and ingredient amounts.
Grass Fed Chili
Chili is the perfect meal prep food. It’s easy to make, has perfect keto macros, and is great in the microwave or reheated in the oven the next day. Download the guide below, which should be used in tandem with our meal prep video to make this exact meal prep easy to replicate at home!
Pastured Drumsticks and Broccoli
The last portion of this meal prep was a complete audible on our part. We were originally thinking of making a chicken thigh curry over some cauliflower rice. Unfortunately Walmart was completely out of cauliflower rice and they didn’t have any skin on thighs. We couldn’t even find fresh broccoli! We had to settle for frozen broccoli. Instead of thighs we decided to go for some chicken drumsticks. They looked nice and fresh and were priced within our budget. Top the whole thing off with a nice chunk of butter and you’re all set!
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Step By Step Cooking Instructions
Detailed instructions for how to prepare each meal and exact ingredient amounts so you know you’re getting the right nutrition.
Printable Shopping List
Quick and easy printable shopping list so you can grab everything in 1 trip to the store and start this meal prep asap!
Calorie Adjusted Meal Plans
Meal plans for a variety of calorie levels. If you need more or less than 1800 calories a day (and chances are you do) then this is what you’re looking for.