by Oscar Collins December 01, 2020 2 min read

If you follow the keto diet, the thought of a carb-laden wedding cake might make you sweat. Well-meaning folks might say it’s okay to cheat, but if you love how the lifestyle makes you feel, why spend your honeymoon racked with guilt over all you ate?

You can host a glamorous and delicious reception with the five keto-friendly recipes below — no cheating necessary.

1. Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp are low in calories and carbs, making them the ideal keto-friendly appetizer. However, traditional cocktail sauce can contain tons of added sugar. Instead, opt for this sugar-free version — your guests will never know the difference given the horseradish tanginess.

2. Lobster Cakes

What makes for a more elegant entrée than lobster? You might not want to go with a whole crustacean for everyone if you have a huge guest list. However, you can serve up lobster cakes or other lobster recipes with a tasty side dish to minimize the carb load.

3. Garlic Butter Steak

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If you’re going with a choice of entree, a steak always tempts hungry tummies to RSVP yes. These garlic butter steaks taste divine and pair perfectly with green bean almondine.

4. Parmesan Cauliflower Steak

What if you — or some of your guests — follow a cruelty-free lifestyle along with keto? There’s no need to harm any animals to serve these parmesan cauliflower steaks — use a cashew cheese substitute if you eschew dairy, too.

5. Keto Cake? Sure!

What’s a wedding reception without a cake? While traditional wedding cakes are carb-laden monstrosities, your caterer can use coconut flour to create a keto-friendly masterpiece.

You’ll still wow your guests and participate in the cutting ceremony — and you’ll still have to decide whether to be naughty or nice when offering your beau the first bite.

Stick to Your Diet with These Keto-Friendly Reception Menus

Who said you had to abandon your low-carb lifestyle on your big day? This keto-friendly reception menu will have you looking and feeling your best while dining in style.