This Easter holiday is going to be a little better than last year during the lockdown. More families are able to gather, many now able to go to church services and some might even wear an Easter outfit that’s not made out of lycra. You all know what I mean. I’m wearing lycra right now, as I just returned from a workout.
Can we remain true to ourselves on our keto diet and enjoy a keto Easter dinner? Here’s two things I have to say about that.
Yes, you can, even if you’re super strict and not eating above 20 net carbs.
Yes, you can, even if you decide to have a cheat meal.
I’m going to list all my favorite keto friendly meals for a delicious keto Easter dinner that works for easter brunch and Easter dinner, and tell you how to have a keto cheat meal that doesn’t take you down or set you back.
Thomas Delaurer says that women should eat carbs every two weeks on the keto diet. He also says “have a cheat meal, don’t have a cheat day, and be careful about the food you choose to eat.” I watch a lot of his videos on the keto diet, because he explains the science behind what he says.
A holiday keto Easter dinner could be a planned cheat meal, and may be the time to go all out on more vegetables, including some of the veggies you never eat, such as carrots, and beets. The holiday cheat meal is now the time to enjoy more keto friendly treats like the biscuits and cakes listed below.
Do’s and Don’ts of the holiday cheat meal
- Make sure to include healthy proteins and fats. Protein with fat brings satiation.
- Keep your cheat to one meal. This is really important and a great way to practice disciplined eating.
- Eat more vegetables or enjoy the ones you usually avoid such as beets, carrots, sweet potatoes or butternut squash. Douse in grass fed butter or olive oil.
- Avoid ALL sugar. I recommend erythritol, such as Swerve, which does not spike blood sugar.
- Drink red wine instead of champagne or beer.
- Skip the breads unless they are truly keto friendly. You might be able to handle sourdough bread.
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water that day.
- Be careful with dairy if you eat it; it can pack on calories and inflammation.
- Don’t eat gluten. It’s inflammatory, and if you haven’t been eating it because you’re on keto you may have a more severe reaction. I know I do.
- Have your next day’s keto food planned and purchased so you go right back to your lifestyle. If you are keto adapted, you should be able to dive back in easily and not have any sustained weight gain.
- Learn about resistant starch in foods like potatoes and rice. For example, if I want potatoes, I cook them first and cool them, which increases their resistant starch. I usually choose purple potatoes, a healthy, low-glycemic choice.
- Have keto friendly desserts ready so you are not tempted to graze any sugary desserts.
- Decide exactly what you’re going to eat in advance.
- Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT let anyone coax you or seduce you into eating food you know will make you feel bad or sick.
Starters for Keto Easter Dinner
I love charcuterie boards. You might include cantaloupe with prosciutto. Each 1/8 slice is 5 net carbs.
The Low Carb Veggies for Keto Easter Dinner
Go to this post and see over 30 low-carb veggies with over 75 recipes, and fill up on these. Examples of these include:
The Keto Friendly Salads
Include a salad whether you’re having brunch or dinner.
Orange Beet Salad (cheat meal) Add in some Burrata for fat
Potato Pesto Salad with Green Beans (cheat meal, but incorporates resistant starch)
Keto Desserts (all gluten free)
One More Thing about the Holiday Cheat Meal
There are ways to enjoy some carbs that you normally avoid by eating foods with resistant starch. If you geek out on science, this article on resistant starch and its benefits is a must read.
Enjoy Carbs with Resistant Starch
If you want to eat potatoes, increase their resistant starch. Refrigerate them after cooking to increase resistant starch and enjoy the benefits.. This process is called starch retrogradation, and if you reheat the potatoes, they will still have an increased amount of resistant starch and less of spike in blood sugar. Be sure Add healthy fats like olive oil pesto.