Appetizers set the stage for your get-together. They’re the first taste your guests have of your gathering, and they’re perhaps the most popular course. These days, low carb diets have become so ubiquitous, there’s a large likelihood that at least one of your guests will be watching their carbs. That’s why it’s a great idea to incorporate a few low carb appetizers into your menu. The best part? Appetizers are so easy to turn low carb that your guests won’t even feel like they’re missing out. Even those who aren’t watching their carbs will love these tasty bites.
How to Choose Low Carb Appetizers
As the name suggests, followers of a low carb diet restrict the number of carbs they consume. Typically, a low carb diet involves cutting down carbs to about 20% of your daily intake. A low carb diet is as strict as a keto diet, which restricts that number down to just 5%. However, followers of a low carb diet must still keep a close eye on their carbs.
So many appetizers are already low enough in carbs, you don’t even need to change up the recipes if you’re watching your carbs. Appetizers such as chicken wings, buffalo chicken dip, spinach dip, ranch dip and veggies, shrimp cocktail (minus the cocktail sauce), and so much more are all “naturally” low carb and require no adjustments. There are also many recipes that are easily swapped out for low carb versions. A few simple adjustments make appetizers, such as stuffed mushrooms, fair game on a low carb diet.
There are also those appetizers that need a complete overall to enjoy on a low carb diet. Luckily, you can find plenty of low carb substitutes that taste just as good (if not better) than their carb-laden counterparts. For example, pizza bites can be made with cauliflower crust and topped with mozzarella and your favorite pizza toppings. Hummus can also be made with cauliflower instead of carb-heavy chickpeas. Shrimp can be topped with a mixture of almond flour and spices instead of breadcrumbs.
10 Low Carb Appetizers
With so many friends and loved ones going low carb these days, it’s a good idea to incorporate some low carb options into your menu. Here are ten low carb appetizers to serve at your next gathering:
This platter is packed with plenty of fresh fruit, including strawberries, honeydew melon, grapes, and pineapple. Many fruits are low enough in carbs that they can be enjoyed on a low carb diet, including honeydew and strawberries.
These delicious bite-size treats are low carb, keto, and paleo-friendly. Plus, this pack comes with four delicious flavors, including dark chocolate, snickerdoodle, dark chocolate almond butter, and matcha latte.
Skewered food is a crowd favorite because they’re easy to grab up and eat while chatting. Marinated chicken is placed on skewers and then topped with just the right amount of sweet and spicy chili sauce.
This low-carb spinach dip is loaded with healthy green leafy vegetables, including 12 ounces of baby spinach. It makes a great appetizer served with veggies, keto chips, or pork rinds.
Ham is wrapped around ripe asparagus and roasted in the oven. The smokey ham pairs wonderfully with the roasted asparagus for a combination you and your guests won’t be able to resist.
Made with cauliflower, tahini, garlic powder, and lemon juice, this low carb hummus is super addicting. When served with veggies or low carb crackers, it’s the perfect low carb appetizer to serve a crowd.
With low carb ingredients, such as cauliflower, sharp cheddar, Parmesan cheese, and almond flour, these tots make a great bite-size snack that will keep you within your total carb count. Plus, they’re so tasty, they’ll be a crowd favorite.
Topped with almond flour and spices crisped to perfection, these air fryer shrimp feature a touch of spice and are ready in just minutes. Plus, they come with the tastiest sweet chili sauce that your guests won’t even be able to resist.
These chicken bites are wrapped in bacon and baked to perfection. Serve with toothpicks and dip them in low carb ketchup, low carb BBQ sauce, or ranch dressing for the perfect low carb snack.
This tasty appetizer delivers all the taste of pizza, without the carbs. Gluten- and grain-free, these bites can be loaded with all your favorite pizza toppings, including pepperoni, sausage, peppers, onions, and more.
These appetizers will delight everyone at your party, whether they’re following a low carb diet or not. They’re bite size, delicious, and even more fun to share with friends.