Many people who hop on the keto bandwagon think that they can’t have parties, or they’ll end up noshing on a ton of carbs, ultimately kicking them out of ketosis. Well, we’ve got good news for you—despite what many people may think, keto is actually one of the easiest lifestyle changes out there, because there are so many tasty recipes that adapt to the low-carb lifestyle.
In this post, we’ll dive into some of the best keto-friendly appetizers that are so good, you won’t believe that they’re low carb (but, trust us—they are). Are you ready?
But First, Here’s A Quick Refresher On The Keto Diet
Short for ketogenic diet, this popular eating plan is all about minimizing your carbs and bumping up your fats to get your body to use fat as a form of energy. You see, during digestion, we break down carbohydrates into molecules of galactose, fructose, and glucose, the last of which serves as your body’s primary source of energy. When your body can’t draw this energy from carbs, it looks for other forms of energy.
The keto diet deliberately places your body in a state of ketosis, where fat is released from cells and converted into ketones—the body’s plan B for energy production.
What Are The Benefits To A Ketogenic Lifestyle?
Believe it or not, there are a ton of incredible benefits to taking carbs out of your diet. Here are a few of them:
Benefit # 1: Reduced Appetite
Hunger is usually the worst side effect of dieting. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons why many people feel miserable and eventually throw in the towel. However, low-carb eating leads to an automatic reduction in appetite, with studies consistently showing that when people cut carbs and eat more fat and protein, they end up noshing on far fewer calories.
Benefit # 2: Weight Loss
Weight loss is probably the most commonly cited health benefit that comes from a keto lifestyle—and it’s definitely not one to overlook. With keto, weight loss is effective and real for one simple reason: it helps dieters convert from a carb-heavy, carb-burning diet to a fat-heavy, fat-burning diet.
A diet high in carbohydrates induces weight gain and bloating and relies on carbs for energy. A high-fat, moderate-protein, and very low-carb diet, on the other hand, curbs your appetite, allows you to eat until you’re satisfied and happy, and burns fat from your body and your foods for energy.
Whether you’re fit, a little out of shape, or carrying some extra fluff around your middle, a ketogenic lifestyle can do wonders for your health, ultimately reducing your risk for many obesity-related diseases and disorders, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers.
Benefit # 3: More Energy
Consuming carbohydrates causes your blood sugar levels to fluctuate like the climbs and dips in a rollercoaster ride. One minute they are up, then the next they are down—the post-lunch “afternoon crash” being a classic example.
Cutting out carbs and putting yourself in ketosis causes your blood sugar to stabilize, preventing the dreaded rollercoaster effect altogether. And within a week or so of living the low-carb way, you will feel more energetic overall.
Best Keto-Approved Appetizers
Now that you’re totally convinced to stick to your diet after reading those amazing benefits, we’re going to help make life a little easier and tell you about seven drool-worthy keto appetizers that are *so* good, you won’t believe they’re low carb—and your party guests won’t either!
1. Charcuterie Board
Who doesn’t love a good charcuterie board? Arguably the easiest low-carb appetizer you can make, this is sure to be a hit. And the best part? It really doesn’t take long to build an impressive charcuterie board with tasty meat roll-ups, cheese, nuts, veggies, and keto chips, so you can create it just before your guests arrive or have it ready ahead of time.
2. Bacon “Chips” and Guacamole Dip
This appetizer is sure to guac your world!
Swap out carb-laden tortilla chips for crisp bacon chips and dip them in rich guacamole till your heart’s content. This no-brainer of an appetizer will make you wonder why you haven’t tried it sooner. It’s the perfect recipe for game-day entertaining or as a Netflix-binging munchie.
Simply crisp up some bacon in the oven, whip up your favorite homemade guacamole recipe, and you’re good to go.
3. Pulled Pork Sliders
We know what you’re thinking, how in the world can pulled pork sliders be keto-friendly when bread has a ton of carbs? We’ll let you in on a little secret: for this mouth-watering recipe, we use Uprising Bread—a gluten-free bread with zero grams of added sugar that’s artisan baked with just two net carbs per slice. Yup, you read that right—two net carbs. The protein, fiber, and healthy fats inside the bread will give you sustainable energy without feeling stuffed or weighed down while keeping your body in ketosis. And the best part? It’s absolutely delicious!
Blow the socks off your party guests and follow this keto-approved pulled pork slider recipe using Uprising Bread to keep it low carb. Just be sure to make enough, as they are sure to get gobbled up fast!
4. Keto Chips
Nothing is easier than setting aside a bowl of chips for everyone to snack on throughout the party. But seeing as traditional chips are highly processed and full of carbs, chips are typically off the table—that is until now. Introducing Uprising’s Superfood Freedom Chips—a crunchy chip alternative that is so good, you won’t believe they only have two net carbs per serving.
Hand-made with artisan methods, these guilt-free chips have six grams of protein and nine grams of fiber per serving, are gluten-free, and unbelievably delicious. Unlike most keto-chips on the market, we promise you won’t feel like you’re noshing on cardboard. Instead, you’ll enjoy a savory, crunchy low-carb experience that you can feel good about.
5. Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Move over, chicken wings, buffalo cauliflower bites are taking over. This tasty appetizer serves up spicy buffalo flavor without the meat—or the carbs. Simply toss your cauliflower florets in a seasoned almond flour mixture, then bake and coat in a warm buttery hot sauce, and voila!
6. Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are a classic, require just a handful of ingredients, and are super versatile. Jazz them up with different seasonings and toppings for more variety. They can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge until ready to serve, which, if you ask us, makes them the perfect appetizer to serve for any large party!
7. Antipasto Skewers
Last on the list, but certainly not least, antipasto skewers are super easy to make and perfect for any occasion. All you need to do is stack up prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, and a fresh leaf of basil on a toothpick and serve. Pretty darn easy and totally delicious!
A Final Word
And there you have it—seven low-carb keto appetizers to try for your next party!
If you’re just starting out on your ketogenic journey, it can be a little daunting to plan a party menu that is as irresistibly tasty as it is low-carb. But with our seven keto-approved appetizers above, we promise you’ll have nothing to worry about. Whether you make pulled pork sliders, deviled eggs, or bacon chips and guacamole, we’re sure your party is going to be a hit—and your guest won’t even realize they’re eating low-carb!
Here at Uprising Food, we understand how tough it can be to stick to the low-carb lifestyle. That’s why we’ve spent years perfecting our recipes to provide you with savory chips and sourdough bread at only two net carbs per serving. So go ahead and indulge—stress-free.