Have you been invited to a birthday party, wedding or barbeque? For those trying to eat low carb, an upcoming party is often a reason for stress. But stress no more! You can still eat low carb.

Let's party

At parties and other social occasions, it’s easier to eat low carb than you might think. Before you go to the party, ponder on what you might eat there and this makes it a lot easier to enjoy the party without losing control and guilt. We have listed the best choices for you.


Many snacks are low in carbohydrates. Think of cheese, sausage, egg, pickle, olives, raw vegetables, meat and nuts.


Many alcoholic drinks contain few carbohydrates. This seems like good news but remember that the body gives alcohol priority over all other macronutrients and it will be burnt off first, slowing the fat burning process. If you choose alcohol, champagne, dry red and white wine are low in carbohydrate choices.


Whiskey, gin, vodka, brandy and cognac do not contain any carbohydrates and fit perfectly into a low-carb or keto diet. Forget the liqueurs, they contain too many carbohydrates. Be careful with alcohol anyway, because of the low-carb lifestyle you often have less tolerance to alcohol than you are used to.

(Source: dietdoctor.com)


Many dishes and raw vegetables taste better with a little sauce or marinade. Because with a low-carbohydrate diet you can safely eat some fat, the sauces are usually not a trap but a pleasant way to be able to eat well. Choose butter, olive oil, mayonnaise, mustard, whipped cream (without sugar), vinaigrette, aioli, tabasco, pesto and salsa. The red sauces such as ketchup, tomato puree, barbecue sauce and honey often contain more than 50% sugar, avoid them. 

Your own party

When you organize the party yourself, you can make your own low-carb or keto snacks. Check out our recipes here.

Posted by Linda O'Byrne
Atkins Nutritionist