Have you been invited to a birthday party, wedding or barbeque? For many, who are trying to eat healthily, an upcoming party is often a reason for stress. There’s no need when you eat low carb as there are so many tasty options!

Have you been invited to a birthday party, wedding or barbeque? For many, who are trying to eat healthily, an upcoming party is often a reason for stress. There’s no need when you eat low carb as there are so many tasty options!  

 

Let's party

At parties and other social occasions, it’s easier to eat low carb than you might think. Before you go to the party, ponder on what you might eat there and this makes it a lot easier to enjoy the party without losing control and guilt. We have listed the best choices for you.

 

Snacks

Many snacks are low in carbohydrates. Think of cheese, sausage, egg, pickle, olives, raw vegetables, meat and nuts.

 

Alcohol

Many alcoholic drinks contain few carbohydrates. This seems like good news but remember that the body gives alcohol priority over all other macronutrients and it will be burnt off first, slowing the fat burning process. If you choose alcohol, champagne, dry red and white wine are low in carbohydrate choices.

 

Cocktails

Whiskey, gin, vodka, brandy and cognac do not contain any carbohydrates and fit perfectly into a low-carb or keto diet.. Forget the liqueurs, they contain too many carbohydrates. Be careful with alcohol anyway, because of the low-carb lifestyle you often have less tolerance to alcohol than you are used to.

(Source: dietdoctor.com)

 

Sauces

Many dishes and raw vegetables taste better with a little sauce or marinade. Because with a low-carbohydrate diet you can safely eat some fat, the sauces are usually not a trap but a pleasant way to be able to eat well.. Choose butter, olive oil, mayonnaise, mustard, whipped cream (without sugar), vinaigrette, aioli, tabasco, pesto and salsa. The red sauces such as ketchup, tomato puree, barbecue sauce and honey often contain more than 50% sugar, avoid them.

 

Your own party

When you organize the party yourself, you can make your own low-carb or keto snacks. An inspiring website for this is www.dietdoctor.com (in English). One of the favorites is these Parmesan chips. An easy, tasty recipe from Pascale Naessens.

For 18 pieces you need:

60 grams of grated Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 2 tablespoons of flax seeds and 2.5 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds. Heat the oven to 180 degrees. Mix the cheese with the seeds and form balls. Place this on a greased baking pan and make sure there is space between the cheese balls. Bake the chips 8-10 minutes and make sure they don't get too dark. Allow the chips to cool.  

 

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Posted by Linda O'Byrne
Atkins Nutritionist