Spring is the perfect time to celebrate all the fresh keto food you’ll see piled in grocery stores and farmers’ markets.
If you’re like me, this season also brings plenty of opportunities to entertain loved ones. As you prepare for your spring celebrations, here are some tips to make them fun, delicious, and creative:
- Make it easy. Use an existing seasonal menu to make your life just a touch easier when it comes time to plan. Check out our Easter menu for ideas.
- Think fresh. Produce is wonderfully plentiful in the spring! Think radishes, tender greens, spring onions, asparagus, artichokes, nettles, garlic scapes, fiddlehead ferns, and more. Make the freshest salads you’ll eat all year, steam tender greens, dip asparagus in hollandaise sauce or melted butter, toss greens in homemade vinaigrettes. The options are endless to bring color, flavor, and keto-licious nutrients into your diet.
- Go green. Fresh herbs bring life to every dish, from salads to soups and even desserts. Experiment with dill, chervil, tarragon, thyme, rosemary, parsley, cilantro, basil, and mint. Add some fresh herbs to seltzer water with slices of cucumber for a refreshing drink. Mix them with butter, add to omelets, or incorporate into baked goods.
- Have some eggy fun. Use duck eggs, quail eggs, or chicken eggs to decorate the table, or go crazy with dishes like quiche, egg salad, deviled eggs, protein waffles. Eggs are incredibly versatile and definitely a keto go-to.
- Get artsy. Have you ever sculpted butter before? If not, you are in for a treat! Butter figurines are as adorable as chocolate figures and definitely more useful to have on hand for your keto dinner rolls. Press softened butter into candy molds or go freehand. If you’re feeling super fancy, add food coloring paste, fresh herbs, edible flower petals, or spices. Be sure to freeze your sculpture before setting it out as a centerpiece so that it will stay cold as long as possible.
- Add some flower power. The colors and scents of fresh flowers are a wonderful way to brighten your environment and welcome spring. Tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and lilacs bring a fresh breeze of spring indoors. Edible flowers are a magical addition to dishes and desserts. Borage, lavender, nasturtiums, pansies, violets, and rose petals are all edible. Just be sure they are sourced from a market or farmer that carries flowers grown for food. You can also add some floral notes to your food with rose water, orange flower water, violet extract, or dried lavender.
- Think outside the basket. Fill your Easter baskets with your own homemade keto candies and baked goods. You can even include small, wrapped cheeses, beef jerky, and seasoned nuts to round out the selection. You can also go with small gifts instead, like old fashioned games, lip balm, hand cream, costume jewelry, essential oils, teas, and so on. Just remember that there’s no reason your keto lifestyle has to go out the door during your celebrations–especially if you plan ahead!