Being on any diet can be a little tricky on Valentine’s Day. For some it may be keeping on track for a new year’s resolution. For people on the medical ketogenic diet for the management of intractable epilepsy, it can be extra complicated. Candy hearts and boxes of chocolates are everywhere. Here are a few ideas to make Valentine’s Day extra sweet for your little one.
- Nonfood items are always a thoughtful token. Decorating homemade valentines with colored paper and lace are wonderful little ways to say I love you. They also keep, so you can hang them up and enjoy them for days to come.
- Keto friendly treats. Make your own little frosting candies. Prepare a keto frosting, such as this chocolate frosting recipe, then spoon into heart-shaped silicon molds and refrigerate to set.
- The same heart-shaped silicon molds can be used to make sugar free gelatin hearts or heart-shaped ice cubes (water and food coloring).
- A fancy dinner can be as simple as steak with cream sauce and a bit of veggie with a KetoCal® crème brulee for dessert.
- Doing an activity together such as a movie or a bike ride can be healthy and fun without any mention of eating.
- Dress up is always fun too. You can dress up and create a fancy restaurant-type atmosphere at home with a waiter. You can put flowers on the table and use cloth napkins and low lighting. Kids think it is a treat and usually love to be the servers!
These are just a few tips to get you thinking about Valentine’s Day the keto way. There are plenty of fun things to do and make to make someone feel special- even if they are on the ketogenic diet.
For more information, see “Tips and Recipes for Making Valentine’s Day Fun for Your Keto Kid”.
I was paid for my time to write this blog post, however, my opinions are my own.
KetoCal is a medical food for the dietary management of intractable epilepsy and is intended for use under medical supervision.