If you’re trying to keep it keto, February is a bit of minefield. For starters, the cold weather has us all craving dem’ starchy comfort foods. Then Valentine’s Day busts in, bringing an onslaught of sugary sweets and chocolate with it. And of course, there’s the Super Bowl—that glorious junk food-filled Sunday munch-a-thon in early Feb. It’s all enough to send any diet packing, nevermind the fairly rule-heavy keto diet.
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If you’re one of the many who has joined the (keto) movement of late, you know that getting your body into a state of ketosis (and staying there) is tricky business. Since you’ve put in the time already, you’re not gonna want to give it all up for a lousy beer and plate of chili nachos, right?? The good news, as it relates to the keto-fication of a Super Bowl menu, is that meat and cheese are cornerstones of the keto diet and a lot of what people expect for Super Bowl anyways, so worry not! We’ve got ideas (and recipes) for throwing a delicious keto Super Bowl party.
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Queso and Keto Chips
You’re going to want some salty, cheesy indulgences on Super Bowl and lucky for you, cheese is fair game. Bust out the Instant Pot or slow cooker to keep the queso from congealing throughout the game. Check out our guide to healthier queso here and get our Texas Queso recipe, but be sure to sub in one of the low-carb, gluten-free flours (like almond flour) for cornstarch when thickening.
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Avocado is truly the crown jewel and face of the keto movement. It’s high in healthy fats and low in carbs. Consider making a couple guac variations since people just can’t seem to get enough. You can start with a standard base and then add fun mix-ins like crab meat, diced ahi tuna, or bacon. Get our Easy Guacamole recipe to start, and our Dungeness Crab Guacamole with Endive recipe to start branching out.
Wings are perhaps the most classic Super Bowl snack that you don’t really even have to do much to in order to make them keto. Check out our guide to healthier baked chicken wings, but be careful to focus on the Alton Brown method of steaming for achieving that crispy skin and leave out the flour coating. Get our very keto-friendly Easy Buffalo Wings recipe here.
Chili is a sleeper when it comes to keto busters and beans are mostly the culprit, although somewhat-high-in-sugar tomatoes share some of the blame. Since you’re ditching the beans, feel free to amp up the onion and pepper count (maybe add a few different kinds/colors) or add in some diced zucchini for texture. Trust us, it works! Get this Paleo/Keto Chili recipe.
Buffalo chicken dip, or “buff chic dip” as it’s known in my Rhode Island hometown, is another keto recipe that gives us hope we might actually be able to pull this off. Totally addicting is how I would describe it, and guests will agree. Just make sure to be selective with your dip vehicles. Celery sticks are best, and swap out the bread and saltines for these nifty coconut keto chips. Get our Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe.
Lettuce be the first to tell you that lettuce cups OR wraps can add a lot of fun wiggle room to a keto snack menu. Anything from steak and cheese to pulled pork (with a low-sugar, vinegar-heavy BBQ sauce) can nestle up in those babies and keep the carb count down. Get the Steak and Cheese Lettuce Wraps recipe.
Beer, especially in large quantities, will throw a keto diet wildly off track. While some low carb beers are certainly better than others (Miller Lite and Michelob Ultra being among the lowest), take this as an opportunity to explore more interesting boozy bevs.
There is some low-sugar, keto-friendly wine on the market, but if Super Bowl doesn’t feel much like a wine affair, how about some large batch cocktails? Try to keep them low-sugar, of course, like vodka (or even slightly carb-ier whiskey) and unsweetened peach tea with fresh lemon juice. Get the not-so-Sweet Tea Lemon Bourbon Cocktail recipe.
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