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April 19, 2019 by Dr. Kyle Varner in Ketogenic Diet

Easter is a day that revolves around candy, candy and more candy.

Even if you’ve survived Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas, Easter presents a unique challenge. Today, the entire holiday is practically a celebration of sugar.

Thankfully, the keto community has come up with countless alternatives to everything sweet and carby. So now, you don’t have to swap out Easter eggs for savory alternatives (although there are a lot of good ones). Instead, you can still treat you and yours to an Easter basket by filling it full of delicious and sweet keto-friendly snacks.

There’s no better place to start than the classic Easter basket. Yes, we go on egg hunts and decorate the little things, but the Easter basket is ‘the’ classic gift.

Read on for some sugar-free and keto-friendly treat ideas to create the perfect Easter basket for the holiday…

How to make a Keto-friendly Easter Basket

1. Smartcake

Cake is one of those devil foods when it comes to keto. It’s loaded with carbs and sugar, and its calorie count is a wonder to behold. With ZERO net carbs, the low-calorie, low-sugar alternatives Smartcake are at the top of our list. Sugar alcohols like erythritol are not my favorite, but they are definitely acceptable on keto.

2. Beef snack sticks

If you want a chewy, healthy snack look no further than Nick’s Sticks beef snack sticks. High in protein and salty, this will occupy a lot of time to eat, which means you won’t have enough time to long for sugar!

These beef sticks are also grass-fed, which means higher quality meat with more omega-3. Just make sure you don’t eat too much protein or you can inadvertently get kicked out of ketosis.

3. Moon Cheese

Cheese is a great food. It’s high in fat and protein and is full of vitamins and minerals. But it can be bulky and hard to keep unless you have easy access to a fridge. If you want cheese on the go, look no further than Moon Cheese, which are pure cheese puffs that are light, crunchy and delicious.

4. Sugar-free jelly beans

Candy is one of the worst foods in the world. It’s pure sugar and flavorings with little-to-no nutrients. But if you can find a sugar-free version, it’s okay to eat it on a national holiday like Easter. Just don’t make it the bulk of your diet!

5. QUEST Protein bar

Easter is peak spring, and if you want to be ‘beach body ready’ for summer, it’s time to start going to the gym again. So what better way to kickstart the process than this low-carb protein bar.

Just make sure you view it as a treat. Too much protein will knock you out of ketosis, and while it’s low-carb, it can add up. And stay away from the cereal and Hero bars, those things are definitely not keto!

6. KNOW better cookie

These guys know what they’re doing. So many packaged ‘health’ foods are simply loaded with sugar and carbs, which is why I always recommend you eat foods in their most unprocessed form. However there are exceptions, and these protein-packed, low-carb cookies are one of them.

7. Hawaiian macadamia nuts

Hawaii is a place very close to my heart, and a jar of roasted salted macadamia nuts should be close to your stomach!

Macadamia nuts are some of the lowest in carbs of all the nuts and the highest in fats, which makes them perfect for anyone who follows the keto lifestyle.

Keto-friendly Easter Recipes

…But what about the Easter chocolate itself? The mass-produced, commercial brands of chocolate are overrated in taste and are loaded with sugar. Here are some healthier and great-tasting ways to make keto alternatives for Easter…

1. Buttercream eggs

Those two words, butter and cream, make my keto senses tingle. Creme eggs are sickly sweet and incredibly unhealthy, but you can make your own (actually delicious version!) with this keto alternative.

2. Keto Easter egg fat bombs

When you really look at an egg, it’s just protein and fat. So why not make an Easter version of a fat bomb? It’s sugar and carb-free, contains rich coconut and vanilla and has one of the best keto sweeteners, stevia!

3. Sugar-free salted caramel keto cheesecake Easter egg

Salted caramel is all the rage nowadays, and it’s not hard to see why. These creme egg alternatives taste great, unlike the sickly originals.

4. Almond Joy Easter eggs

Almond and coconut are keto staples when it comes to baked goods, and these almond Easter eggs take them to the next level. If you like macaroons or simply the traditional Almond Joy, these make a great alternative.

5. Peanut butter Easter eggs

Peanut butter is another fantastic food that provides a rich texture to any treat. Traditional Easter candies have a smooth gooey center, and these peanut butter eggs are the perfect keto replacement like these other keto-friendly peanut butter treats.

6. Coconut butter dark chocolate Easter eggs

If you have kids, look no further than these fun treats. You’ll see the recipe includes a whole guide on decorating your eggs with a variety of (natural) colors. Make something pretty while you lose weight!

7. Easter chocolates

Variety is the spice of life, and this assortment of different chocolates certainly proves it. You’ll find no shortage of different flavors, textures and nuts with this batch. Your Easter definitely won’t be boring!

8. Easter truffles

hese rich, powdery treats always satisfy my sweet tooth. Dig into the keto version of the high-class sweet.

Conclusion

It seems the keto community has an answer for everything. Not only are there keto versions for standard savory dishes, but through the power of almonds, coconut and sweetener, they have something for every sweet dish.

All it takes is a little research, and your lifestyle can remain indistinguishable from before. The only difference is you’ll remain in ketosis (and lose weight!) at the same time.

This information is intended to help readers be more informed about their health options when speaking with a professional, but it should not be used alone to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition. Be sure to speak to a qualified doctor before taking any action to make sure that your choices reflect your actual health situation.

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