While “keto diet” and “party” may not seem like they belong in the same sentence, we disagree. Keto stands for ketogenic, which is the state your body reverts to when fed a low carbohydrate diet. This eating lifestyle focuses on high fat foods such as butter, cheese, nuts, oil, avocados as well as high protein foods like meat, poultry, and fish with little carbohydrates. Eating this way puts your body in what’s called “metabolic ketosis,” which then converts your body’s stored fat into ketones that are utilized for energy. Many traditional party foods are packed with starchy carbohydrates, so finding new ways to make keto friendly fan favorites can seem challenging, but we’ve got you covered.
- Cheese Chips are a must. You can enjoy these by themselves or paired with a dip. Mix 1 cup of shredded cheese with 1 cup of parmesan and add any seasoning you’d like. Grab a muffin pan, spray with oil, and divvy up the cheese. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 6 minutes. Store in airtight container or refrigerator. They are crunchy, delicious, and a good source of protein!
- Buffalo Chicken Dip with Celery/Veggies: A crockpot favorite that’s dangerously good, buffalo chicken dip is a staple for party gatherings that absolutely meets the keto criteria—get excited! Add 1lb cooked chicken, ¾ cup hot sauce, 1lb cream cheese, and 1.5 cups of cheddar cheese. Set on low, stir and serve when hot.
- Fat Bombs: a must have dessert that’s packed with heart healthy fats and a good source of protein. Use ½ cup of any no sugar added nut butter (peanut butter is preferred), 1/8 tsp sea salt, ½ cup chopped nuts, ¼ cup cocoa powder, ½ tsp vanilla, and ¼ tsp sugar substitute. Mix all ingredients and morph into 1-2 inch balls. Ta-da, that’s it!
- Guacamole with Bacon Chips are salty, indulgent, and just a match made in heaven. Bake bacon in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Feel free to add more time if you want a crisper chip. Let cool for 10 minutes then you are ready to enjoy. For the guacamole, mash 2 avocados and mix in garlic, lime juice, and a bit of salt and pepper.
- Lettuce Wraps with Taco Meat: I’m telling you, sometimes tacos are better without the tortilla! This light appetizer can easily be jazzed up with non-starchy vegetables such as peppers, cabbage and onions. Cook the veggies and the meat together and stuff the lettuce wraps.
- Cream Cheese and Salami roll ups, an easy addition to a charcuterie board filled with non-starchy vegetables, cheeses and meats. Spread cream cheese on the salami, top with fresh herbs like dill, roll up and place a tooth pick through to hold together. Cute, portable, and highly likely to disappear.
Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.