After a winter of heavy, comforting foods, spring’s tender veggies fresh from the garden add a refreshing element to your weekly menu. Spring foods tend to pair well with healthy fats, making these spring dishes perfect for those on the ketogenic diet.
If you’re not sure how to prep all that lovely produce popping up in the grocery stores, we’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look at the top 10 keto dishes to make this spring – plus tips for storing all that produce.
Keto Diet Recipes
If you regularly plan out your meals in advance, don’t forget to check what type of produce is local for your area. Depending on where you’re located, you might see fresh veggies come into season a few weeks earlier or later than others. Once spring hits your town, here are 10 tasty, keto-friendly recipes to try.
This refreshing dish takes two of the earliest seasonal picks – arugula and fennel – and transforms it into a high-fat tangy salad. With 28 grams of fat and 8 net carbs, this is a keeper recipe. Eat it for a quick lunch or pair with baked salmon for satisfying dinner.
Soup in the spring? While soup is a decidedly winter food, this spinach soup is perfect for those chilly spring days. The dish incorporates seasonal ingredients like spinach, spring onions, and cilantro. Each serving provides 12.6 grams of fat and contains 4.6 net carbs.
This creamy dish is reminiscent of alfredo with shrimp – except without all the pasta. Asparagus is at its peak perfection in the spring, with harvesting starting in February and peaking in April. One serving of Creamy Shrimp with Asparagus provides 13.8 grams of fat and contains 2.7 net carbs.
Need a side dish? Broccoli can be the star! Broccoli can be purchased year-round, but it’s best from October to April, making these Broccoli Blossoms the perfect spring side dish. These bites get their crunch from pork rinds and nutritional yeast – yum! Each serving provides 21 grams of fat and a whopping 16 grams of protein thanks to the pork rinds.
Spring onions are more tender and sweeter than later varieties, and they’ll be the perfect ingredient for these Keto Onion Rings. Like the Broccoli Blossoms, these rings get their crunch from pork rinds. Each serving provides 20 grams of fat and 30 grams of protein. They pair well with Keto Stuffed Burgers.
Who doesn’t love a good spinach dip? Spinach is the best between March and June so be sure to save some of your fresh spinach to try this dip. This dip has 8 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein, and only two net carbs! Eat with Keto Zucchini Chips or ladle some of a piece of roasted pork. However you eat this dip, it’s a big winner.
If you’re more of a mayo person, this one is for you. With 43.3 grams of protein per serving, this juicy tenderloin can be a blank palette for all those spring delicacies: morel mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, arugula, and more. You can even slice leftover pork and top your Keto Fennel Arugula Salad with it.
Need a sweet snack? Strawberries begin to pop up again during April, which makes this frozen yogurt bark a great spring-time recipe. This version is a much healthier spin on traditional white chocolate bark, and each serving contains 3.7 grams of protein – not too shabby for a dessert!
Love a good brunch? Who doesn’t? This frittata is the perfect canvas for spinach and spring onions. Each serving contains 47.3 grams of fat and 18.6 grams of protein. Take this dish to the next level with farm fresh eggs.
After a winter of warm foods and hot soups, you’re probably ready for a cold lunch – and these crab wraps do not disappoint. Featuring spring onions, this filling is both creamy and flavorful. Each serving contains 9.8 grams of fat, 12.6 grams of protein, and 4 net carbs.
Springs Foods to Avoid on Keto
While spring offers plenty of refreshing and nutritious produce, there are some seasonal fruits and root vegetables to avoid while on keto. The following fruits and root vegetables come into season during spring but should be avoided if you’re on keto:
While tasty, these foods are higher in carbohydrates and sugar. Even just one serving could skew your macros for the day. One cup of beets, for example, contains 13 grams of carbs and 9 grams of sugar.
Tips and Tricks for Keeping Your Produce Fresh
One of the best parts of spring produce is that it’s so light and refreshing. Unfortunately, this means that these items aren’t going to last very long in your fridge. To keep your produce fresh – and these recipes as tasty as possible – keep these tips in mind:
- Shop more often. Instead of buying groceries for two weeks at a time, shop weekly.
- Check the temperature in your fridge. A temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit keeps your food from spoiling, but you can also lower it even more. Just don’t go below 32 degrees or you’ll have frozen lettuce.
- Use the produce drawers. These are humidity-controlled to keep produce crisp.
Do You Have a Favorite Spring Recipe?
Have you created your own keto-friendly spring dishes? Share one of your favorites with us in the comments below.
Kathryn Trudeau is a content writer and educational professional whose work centers on health and wellness and organic living. She has a passion for nutrition and fitness. She loves matcha, running, and crocheting.