In this post I want to show you how to stay in ketosis over the holidays; not only stay committed but also make a huge impression on your guests.
With the festive season coming up, many people are worried that they will struggle to stay in ketosis over the holidays. In this post, I want to add some things that may help, not only stay committed but also make a huge impression on your guests.
KETO CHARCUTERIE BOARD
I love Charcuterie boards. In fact, for my husband’s 40th birthday, I had The Cheesecake cater for his birthday with a lovely Harvest Table of cheese and meat and had everyone raving.
Whether it is a planned party such as my hubby’s birthday or a simple weekend braai with friends. You simply can’t go wrong with a cheese and meat platter. Stores such as Woolies really make it so easy nowadays with cream cheeses and spreads that you can simply buy and add to your board.
Here are some products you can use in your meat and cheese platters to stay in keto:
- Sliced salami
- Spicy salami
- Shaved parmesan
- Fully cooked beef tongue
- Chorizo Coins
- Blue Cheese
- Goats Cheese
- Mozzarella Balls
- Chicken Liver & Bacon Pâté
- Smoked Snoek Terrine
- Sun-Dried Tomato, Feta, Basil Pesto [slightly higher in carbs]
- Caramelised Onion & Balsamic Dip [somewhat higher in carbs]
- Smokey BBQ & Spring Onion Medium Fat Cream Cheese
- Green Fig Preserve [not keto friendly]
- Onion Marmalade [not keto friendly]
- Roasted peppers [can be higher in carbs]
- Pickled onions
- Dried figs [not keto friendly]
- Soft Eating Turkish Figs [not keto friendly]
- Dates [not keto friendly]
- Crackers [opt for keto-friendly crackers or make your own]
PUTTING YOUR PLATTER TOGETHER THAT WILL HELP YOU STAY IN KETO
Woolies and Checkers have extensive selections of cheeses. Choose three to four different meats and three to four different cheeses. Most cheese on keto is perfectly fine as are the meats.
Some of the sweet items, e.g. fig preserve or fresh figs, are not keto-friendly. The reason I list them here is that you’re probably going to have guests who don’t follow keto and would want something sweet with the platters. And, you’re probably going to enjoy a glass of wine with your platter, AND, taking one bite of a fig won’t derail the apple cart!
If you have some time, making your own crackers can be a sure way to stay keto. If you don’t have time and you’d want to have some crackers with your platter, then you could simply buy the Carb Clever Crackers from Woolies, or you could make these crackers or these crackers. Some other local brands make crackers, but I have to go look for it. If you know of any, please share with me.
Once you have your meats and cheese, it is easy to add your spreads and other garnishes, e.g. pickles and nuts.
You could also cater some bread for your guests, but if you feel that would be too much of a temptation for you, then rather leave it out.
I always say that life will always be there. Celebrations, whether it is celebrating a new birth or a funeral, food is always there. If you make a conscious decision to eat a fig, it doesn’t mean you’re not keto anymore. If the one fig becomes 5 and an afternoon’s celebration turns into a week binging on carbs, then, well, yes, you’ve tipped the apple cart properly!
Just be wise about it. I read somewhere something called a “one bite” approach. Whatever it is, taking one bite of it, it probably won’t kick you out of ketosis.
After years of doing keto, and staying in keto over holidays, I still see things such as a chocolate cake that looks really yummy and sometimes I’ll even have a bite of it, only to find that it doesn’t taste as nice as it looks.
I hope you’ll see that it is totally doable to stay keto throughout the holidays by making meat and cheese platters like this.
Enjoy The Festive Season & Happy Keto Holidays Friends!