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March 1, 2023
Easter is just around the corner, and it's time to start planning your holiday menu. Just because it's a holiday doesn't mean that you have to derail your healthy eating habits. Since it's estimated that 5% of Americans follow the ketogenic diet each year, here are some handy ideas when it comes to serving a keto-friendly Easter dinner for your guests.
These recipes are so good that your guests won't even know that they're diet-friendly!
The keto diet is based on eating very few carbs and lots of fats with the intention that your body will burn fat as its main energy source. Most people who are on keto aim for 70% of their calories to come from fat, 20% from protein, and 10% from carbs. This diet excludes certain foods, like grains, legumes, most fruit, and root veggies. (You may also have to forgo the carrot cake and other high sugar spring flavors.)
With the right planning, there's no reason why you can't feature keto-friendly dishes at your table on Easter.
The key to planning a keto Easter dinner is to focus on fats and proteins with some low-carb vegetables on the side. From deviled eggs to crispy bacon, there are plenty of keto recipes that have delicious flavors.
Even your guests who aren't on the diet are sure to love these keto easter recipes!
This delicious recipe is so simple and calls for just a few ingredients, mainly salmon fillets, green onions, marinated artichoke hearts, and spreadable cheese. It takes just a few minutes to prep the salmon fillets and less than 10 minutes to bake them in the oven. Salmon and asparagus fries is a classic combo, so you can pop those in the oven along with the fillets, as well.
This recipe is so tasty and simple that it's sure to be part of your dinner rotation long after Easter.
This pork roast recipe couldn't be any easier—you set it in your slow cooker or instant pot and forget it for the next eight hours or so. You can use either a pork roast or shoulder seasoned with keto-friendly seasonings and let it cook low and slow for maximum tenderness. Save the drippings from the meat and mix them with heavy whipping cream to make a creamy and delicious gravy to pour over the top.
Throw in some green beans baked with parmesan cheese and fresh basil for an added flair!
Naturally lean and low in carbs, herb-stuffed pork loin is a versatile dish since you can play around with the filling to suit your taste buds. This tasty recipe calls for fresh sage, parsley, thyme, and mozzarella to increase the fat content.
It takes just a few minutes to prep, which you can do the night before. Then, pop it in the oven the next day when you're ready to cook.
If you want to serve something a little more decadent for your keto Easter dinner, this crusted rack of lamb recipe is it. Besides the lamb, you'll need macadamia nuts, parsley, olive oil, and seasonings. This recipe pairs the lamb with roasted tomatoes to balance out the flavors of the dish.
The delicious, nutty crust coating the lamb will have your guests coming back for more!
As keto is one of the more popular diets on the scene, it's easy to find recipes and ingredients that are compliant with its guidelines. Here are some tips to keep in mind when preparing a low carb Easter menu for your guests.
Since there are several versions of keto out there, there isn't one standard set of guidelines for this diet. However, you should aim to have less than 50 grams of carbs per day. You may have to go even lower than this, as some people only reach ketosis by consuming only 20 grams of carbs per day.
Aim for a moderate amount of protein from high-quality animal sources and a high amount of fat from foods like nuts, seeds, full-fat dairy, and avocado.
While some foods might be obvious that they aren't keto-friendly, you need to check your food labels carefully when it comes to others. Condiments like ketchup, barbecue sauce, honey mustard, and salad dressings are normally high in sugar and, therefore, not keto-compliant.
Check for ingredients like honey, agave syrup, and coconut sugar, as these are also sneaky descriptions for plain old sugar.
Most people on the keto diet find that the best way to follow the guidelines is by tracking macros so that you know how many grams of carbs, fat, and protein you're eating with each meal. It may take a while to get the hang of counting your macronutrients, but there are several apps available that can help.
Every person's body is different, so you might need to play around with the numbers, but try to limit your carbs to 5 to 10% of your calorie intake. Tracking your macronutrients is the easiest way to make sure that you stay in ketosis.
If you're looking for a keto Easter dinner without all of the hassle, why not hire a professional chef to take care of everything for you? The right chef can create a delicious meal that follows your dietary guidelines without ever having to sacrifice flavor.
Choosing a professional chef, like one from INTUEAT, ensures that your dinner party or holiday meal is a stress-free success every time.
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On the day of your event, your chef will arrive at your home with everything they need to prep, cook, and clean. That means no dishes to wash after your feast!
INTUEAT is the easy choice when it comes to hiring a professional chef for your keto Easter dinner so you can relax and enjoy the celebration with your loved ones.
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