In today’s guest blog post, ketogenic dietitian Stacey Bessone provides some tips for celebrating the 4th of July while on the medical ketogenic diet. Stacey is a ketogenic dietitian, RDN, LDN, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, and a Keto Ambassador.
Fourth of July: The official American holiday for summer. It is a great day for family time, outdoor grilling and fireworks. Staying on the medical ketogenic diet during this holiday can be cool and tasty. Here are some suggestions for a festive, keto-friendly 4th.
- Make sugar free ice pops and frozen treats. You can make cream-cicles with heavy cream and sugar free gelatin or use water, stevia and food coloring to make your own frozen pops. It is also fun to make star-shaped frozen ice cubes using just water and food coloring. Who doesn’t want a red, white and blue stars floating in their water??
- Use the “raw meat” choice (in Keto Diet Calculator) and pre weigh foods for the BBQ. Chicken, beef or your favorite protein can be cooked on the grill right along with everyone else’s protein. Just keep track of your keto portion. Try a lettuce bun for your hamburger. Ribs can be tasty too.
- Make kabobs using your favorite protein with peppers and onions. Use low-carb ranch or make another low-carb creamy dipping sauce.
- Add keto-friendly sides. Try substituting cauliflower for the potato in potato salad or for the macaroni in mac and cheese (try this Cauliflower & Cheese recipe from KetoCal®). Zoodles (spiralized zucchini) are a great substitute for pasta as well. Coleslaw can be made low in carb using mayo.
- Try grilling your carb portion of the meal. Grilled tomato, grilled zucchini or even grilled fruit (maybe a small portion of a peach) taste great.
- Consider breaking out some berries for dessert. Berries are in season and lower in carbs compared to other fruits. Adding heavy whipping cream or cooking them in butter can be super delicious. You can even make a low-carb fresh berry crumble, such as these 4:1 KetoCal® recipes for Raspberry Crumble and Blackberry Crumble.
- Use cookie cutters in the shape of stars to cut out sugar free gelatin into Fourth or July shapes. Try this 4:1 gelatin recipe from KetoCal.
- Remember it is not always about food. What a great day for playing outdoor games like kickball, catch, or corn hole. Also look online for DIY games like bean bag toss using paper plates and paint. It is a great day to go to the beach. If outdoors is not your thing, a good movie or show may be a good treat too.
- If you are playing outside, remember to STAY HYDRATED. This is important for everyone but especially important when on the medical ketogenic diet. Drink plenty of water and do not skip your meals and snacks.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
I was paid by Nutricia for my time to write this blog post but my opinions are my own.
As always, please consult with your healthcare provider to determine if recipes ideas are appropriate for you or your child.
KetoCal is a medical food for the dietary management of intractable epilepsy and is intended for use under medical supervision. Talk with your healthcare provider about whether KetoCal is right for you.