Summer is in full swing, and it’s a great time to have a family cookout. In fact, July is National Grilling month! But, you may be worried that you can’t enjoy all your favorites while staying in the Keto Zone. Never fear, we’ve got a summer keto cookout menu and keto tips to help.
You absolutely can include your favorites from appetizers to potato salad to grilled meats and barbeque sauce.
Here’s our Summer Keto Cookout Menu and Keto Tips.
Summer Keto Cookout Menu & Keto Tips
There are many great choices for keto appetizers. Most times, you can keep them low-carb if you use vegetables and healthy fats.
For a unique grilled appetizer, try:
Shishito Peppers – Simply toss 2 cups shishito peppers with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Place peppers on a cast-iron skillet on the grill grate or the grill’s side burner (if available) over medium-high heat. Blister, moving around with tongs. Season peppers with 2 additional tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/2 teaspoon fresh pepper before serving as an appetizer or side dish.
This dish serves 4 and has only 1 gram net carb per serving.
2. Main Dishes
When grilling, it’s easy to stay in the Keto Zone with grilled meat and healthy fats. But, beware of seasoning and sauces. Here are a few great options:
Beef: Keto Zone Bacon Burgers. Who can resist a bacon burger, served with crunchy lettuce, at a cookout? This bacon burger only contains 2.5 grams of net carbs and is a staple of a summer grilled dinner.
Chicken: Or, for a non-red meat option, try our Grilled Chipotle Garlic Drumsticks. With only 3 grams net carbs per serving, they deliver big-time nutrition with spices and protein.
Seafood: Want to grill salmon? Great! Salmon delivers potent, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats, protein, and more. In fact, each 3-ounce serving contains 273 mg EPA and 948 mg DHA (1). Try our Keto Zone Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon for a delicious main dish!
Tip: Whatever main dish you choose, just keep these tips in mind to keep it in the Keto Zone:
- Watch out for seasonings, rubs, marinades, and sauces. Some are great, such as those that simply use butter, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Others contain a big dose of sugar, so it’s important to look at recipes and nutrition labels to avoid high-carbohydrate marinades or rubs with sugar.
- If you want BBQ Sauce, try this delicious Keto Zone BBQ Sauce recipe.
3. Vegetables and Sides
Sides and vegetables can be highly nutritious and keto-friendly as long as you avoid starchy ones. Here’s how to enjoy them in the Keto Zone:
“Potato” Salad – You won’t miss out on potato salad with our Keto Zone Cauliflower Salad. In fact, it goes beyond potatoes and delivers fiber, detox nutrients, and antioxidants.
Or, grill up some veggies! Simply prepare vegetables by cutting an eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, and bell pepper into long strips. Make sure any ends are cut off as well. Then, trim 1 bunch thick asparagus. Toss all with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon sea salt, and 1-2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper. Next, place vegetables on the grill. Grill with the lid closed until tender and lightly charred all over, about 5-7 minutes. Dress with additional 2 tablespoons olive oil and serve. Just 4 grams net carbs.
4. Keto Zone Cookout Drinks
What would a cookout be, without wonderful summer drinks? You can still enjoy lemonade, sweet tea, or a mix of both.
Next, try our delicious Keto Zone Lemonade. The lemon juice used in it is high in Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant for human health.
5. Keto Zone Cookout Dessert
As long as you use keto-friendly sweeteners and flours, you can have your cookout cake and eat it too.
Make this Keto Zone Cheesecake ahead of time and top it with just a few of your favorite berries!
You don’t need to skip the summer cookout when you’re in the Keto Zone, just use our Keto Cookout Menu and Tips!
And, if you’d like more tips, recipes, and help with Keto Zone, try our FREE Keto Zone 21-Day-Challenge today!