I’m turning 30 tomorrow!
Now that we got that out of the way I want to write about hosting and going to parties and maintaining your keto life. I’ll share some tips about food and drinks, and how to stay (more or less) keto when you’re out partying your heart out.
- Hosting parties
This is the easier of the two, as you are in charge of providing snacks and, in some cases, drinks, so you have control over what to cook and serve. Some of the things I like to prepare are cured meats and cheese platters, veggies with some dips and of course my favourite keto pretzel bites. You can find some nice savoury recipes here and here, and some sweet ones here and here. When you’re hosting you are also in control of what you drink (unless you go to a BYOB party). My go-to keto party drink is gin and slimline tonic, and an occasional tequila shot. While these are low in carbs, they are high in calories, so you need to be careful if you’re tracking your macros. Since I don’t drink much anyway, I don’t count my macros when I go out, because I believe a little party never hurt nobody. Diet Doctor has a nice overview of the best and worst alcoholic drinks for keto. Just remember to avoid sugary drinks, artificial juices and cocktails, and stick to hard liquor and dry wines, like a real party animal. Oh, and drink plenty of water.
- Going to parties
This can be a bit trickier because you are usually not in control over the food that will be served, unless it’s a potluck type party. In that case you’re fine, because you can just make a lovely keto dish and stick to that. Although you will need to explain to other people why you’re not eating their food. If you’re unsure what will be served, there are a couple of options. First, eat at home before. This is the fool proof way to maintain your keto, but it can be annoying when everyone is eating and you’re just sipping on your wine in the corner. Second, if you’re going to a restaurant or bar you can always check the menu beforehand and see if there will be any keto options (usually there are, so this is a pretty good option). Thirdly, ask the host about the food. I’m aware some people might find this to be nit-picking, but you shouldn’t feel bad for caring about your diet. I’m in the stage of my life where I usually say that I’m on keto and ask whether there will be any food I could eat. I do this with really good friends, as they usually don’t mind and try to accommodate my diet, so thank you friends!
These are some of the things I do for parties, either when I host, or when I attend. Having said that, this weekend will be wild, I’m having two birthday parties for myself and another for my cousin, and you better believe I will not be counting my macros when sipping on that gin & tonic. If you have any other tips for party management let me know, it’s always good to learn new things.
Thanks for reading!