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Been scouring the web for a proper list of Ideal Protein Foods that you can eat? Look no further. This list has been updated as of the new Ideal Protein Phase 1 Protocol released in December 2019.

Ideal Protein Phase 1 - Food List

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Ideal Protein Phase 1 Food List:

Dinner Protein: 

(Suggested Options) – No Deep Frying or breading permitted. *If you would like breading, use a packet of IP Pancake mix or grind up the Garlic chips for Italian breadcrumbs.

  • Fish – Anchovy, Bass, Catfish, Cod, Flounder, Grouper, Haddock, Hake, Mahi-Mahi, Monk Fish, Pike, Perch, Red Snapper, Redfish, Salmon, Sea Bass, Shark, Smelt, Sole, Sword Fish, Tilapia, Tuna, Trout, Turbot, Whiting, Walleye, Wild Salmon.
  • Seafood – Clams, Crab, Crawfish, Clams, Lobster, Mussels, Oysters, Shrimp, Scallops (4 large), Squid.
  • Beef – Filet Mignon, Flank Steak, Ground Beef (extra lean), Lean roast, Round, Rump Steak, Sirloin, Tenderloin.
  • Veal – Breast, Cutlet, Inside Round Steak, Rib, Shank, Shoulder, Tenderloin.
  • Poultry – Chicken (skinless) , fowl, Partridge, Pheasant, Quail, Turkey, 6 eggs (2-4 whole the rest whites), Wild Birds.
  • Pork – Lean Ham, Pork Tenderloin.
  • Other – Wild Game, Tofu (plain)

Unlimited Raw Vegetables:

Arugula, bibb lettuce, boston lettuce, bok choy, celery, chicory lettuce, endives, escarole lettuce, frisée lettuce, green and red leaf lettuce, iceberg lettuce, mushroom, radicchio, radish, romaine lettuce, spinach, and watercress lettuce.

Select Vegetables:

Algae, Alfalfa, Bamboo Shoots, Bell Peppers, Bean Sprouts, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage (all including bok choy), Celery, Celeriac, Chard, Chayote, Chicory, Collards, Cress, Cucumbers, Dill Pickles,Fennel, Field Salad, Gai Lan *Chinese broccoli) Green Onions, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions (raw only) Hot Peppers, Radicchio, Radish, Rhubarb, Sauerkraut, Sorrel, Spinach, Turnip, Zucchini.

Occasional Vegetables:

(4 cups per week total from this list)  Brussel Sprouts, Beans (green and wax), Egg Plant, Jicama, Leeks, Palm Hearts, Rutabaga, Snow Peas, Spaghetti Squash, Tomatillo, Tomato.


Apple cider vinegar, capers (2 Tbsp.), Cinnamon, Fine herbs, Fresh herbs (basil, bay leaves, cilantro, chervil, chives, dill, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme), Garlic, Ginger, Lemon/Lime (total of 1/day), Lemongrass, Hot mustard, Hot sauce, Onion powder (1 tsp./day), Sorrel, Soy Sauce, Spices (MSG-free/no carbs), Tamari Sauce (1 Tbsp./day) and White Vinegar.

Restricted Foods:

Only 1 of the following Ideal Protein Foods are permitted per day; All Bars, Brownie, Apple Soy Puffs, Chili, Southwest Cheese Curls, Dill Pickle Zippers, White Cheddar Ridges. The Solid Chocolate Raspberry bar is limited to ONCE PER WEEK!


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