Following a low-carb diet yourself is one thing, but keeping low-carb while hosting an event is a whole different challenge. Try these tips for serving food that fits your lifestyle and doesn't sacrifice flavor.
Pair Protein with Good Fats
This is a tenant of low-carb dieting, and it applies to entertaining too! Cook your protein in good quality butter, olive oil, or cooking fat of choice. Use high fat foods like avocado and tahini to garnish foods while adding a nutritious punch.
Try Low-Carb Marinades and Sauces
Limit the sugar used in meat marinades to keep your carb count low. Also, try sauces that are olive oil and citrus based or experiment with pre-made, low-sugar sauces.
Ketchup and bbq sauce are usually high in sugar, look for condiments with less than 5 grams of sugar per serving. Pesto and mustard-based sauces are great options here!
Duplicate a Starchy Side
You can mimic the texture and flavor of starchy foods like mashed potatoes with cauliflower. Try making modified mashed potatoes with half potatoes, half cauliflower mash. You cut the carb count in half, and your guests will still get the starchy flavor and texture they expect from mashed potatoes.
Make a Variety of Vegetables
Try offering grilled asparagus, baked carrots, and blistered tomatoes with your main dish. Entertaining is about variety and enjoyment. Offering more vegetable choices creates a colorful spread rich in nutrients that will be sure to impress your guests. Fill up on protein and low-carb vegetables, and you won't have room for temptation!
Enjoy Treats in Moderation
If you have a carb goal for the day, be mindful of it when indulging in treats while entertaining. Having a few bites of your friend's homemade pie won't derail your progress, but that doesn't mean you should eat 2 to 3 slices after your meal.
Try niKETO's low-carb dessert recipes for a sweet punch without the guilt that guest are sure to appreciate.
Most importantly, don't stress about introducing your low-carb lifestyle to your entertaining. Your dedication to low-carb living is a great conversation starter and most people who would come to your place for dinner are happy to support you in your decisions. So stay strong and keep on keto-ing.