Something tells me that Silly Season will be starting a little early this year as we’re all extra excited to catch up with our favourite people and enjoy spending time together, I mean let’s face it… IT HAS BEEN A YEAR, right? (or 2 – but who’s counting?)

A lot of us have spent months apart from our favourite people, and whilst we had other ways to stay connected, nothing beats sitting among your favourite people, eating, drinking and just being around them.

People connect with food, there is no doubt about that. I know I’ve been thinking of coffee catch ups’, dinners, cocktails & nibbles, BBQ’s & picnics in the park and heading out to my favourite restaurants and cafes – SO MANY ways to catch up with my faves!

Picnic with friends saying cheers with drinks

So how do we get back into the social swing of things and still feel our best?

Take a plate to meet your mates!  Such a fun thing to say, but the idea behind it is to make your favourite people smile and what better way to do this than with something delicious!

So what will you be taking?

You can usually get a pretty good idea of what sort of food to bring, based on what time of day it’s planned for and the invite itself, but if you feel stuck – just ask the host if they’d like you to bring something.

Side plates that everyone would love to try – There are so many fantastic recipes for salads and veggie side dishes online that you can find. I’ve listed a few to help make searching easier…click the links to view more of their recipes.

  1. Grilled Eggplant & Spinach Salad 📸 + 👩🏼‍🍳 My Poppet Living
  2. Roasted Pumpkin, Brussel Sprouts, Prosciutto & Egg 📸 + 👩🏼‍🍳 My Food Cookbook
  3. Asian Slaw 📸 + 👩🏼‍🍳 Love & Lemons


Not a fan of a salad plate? Here are a few of our party favourites:

Check out a few of our favourite dishes for catch ups that will not only wow your mates and make them smile, they’re not loaded with sugar or unnecessary carbs, which means you’ll all feel great and you can save a those extra carbs for a drink or two 😉

Top treats for coffee & tea catchups

We have you covered with our favourite sweet treats that will make any coffee date extra special! All of the cakes and sweets have 10g carbs, most even less, no added sugar and are made with natural low carb baking mixes. Avoid sugar, not fun!

Low Carb Lemon Yoghurt Cake with icing sugar on top - Low Carb Picnic & Party dishes

Low Carb Lemon Yoghurt Cake

Traditionally a breakfast cake in Italy, this beautiful cake makes your morning coffee even better.

If a sweet breakfast isn’t your thing, enjoy this beautiful low carb dessert any time of day. This cake is made with our Low Carb Vanilla Cupcake Mix and is an office favourite! 

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 6.4g • Protein 7.3g • Fat 7.8g

Sugar Free Cinnamon Scrolls in a round serving tray

Sugar Free Cinnamon Scrolls

These sugar free cinnamon scrolls make easy afternoon snacks or when you only want a lil’ something for dessert. 

Recipe is made using the Low Carb Pancake & Pikelet Mix and makes 6 scrolls , but you can make 12 mini scrolls (2.2g carb each!) which is still a satisfying treat!

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 4.4g • Protein 7.5g • Fat 8.4g

Low Carb double choc brownies on white board.

Low Carb Double-Choc Brownies

These low carb brownies are just as enjoyable on their own with a strong black coffee!

Recipe tweak – Swirl through a couple of tablespoons of your favourite Peanut Butter

Get baking and pick up a pack of our Low Carb Chocolate Cupcake Mix online!

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 5.4g • Protein 5.6g • Fat 14.7g

Low Carb Apple, walnut tea cake on a plate - Low Carb Picnic & Party dishes

Low Carb Apple and Cinnamon Teacake

How good is the smell of anything cinnamony baking in the oven?

There is something so comforting about an Apple & Cinnamon Tea Cake. Those sweet apple chunks and spicy cinnamon notes make any catch-up even sweeter!

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 6.8g • Protein 6.8g • Fat 9.6g

Low Carb Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting and walnuts

Low Carb Carrot & Cream Cheese Icing

Is Carrot Cake even Carrot Cake if it doesn’t have the cream cheese icing?

Low Carb Carrot Cake loaf is PACKED-FULL of healthy ingredients no one would ever believe it has no added sugar! Team with your favourite cuppa!

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 10g • Protein 7.2g • Fat 15.4g

Low carb banana cake with cinnamon icing - Low Carb Picnic & Party dishes

Low Carb Banana Cake

Who remembers the Sara Lee Banana Slab Cake?? 

 Relive those nostalgic feelings and enjoy our Low Carb Banana Cake with cream cheese frosting. Trust me, you won’t regret it! 😍

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 7.1g • Protein 4.4g • Fat 5.8g

Our top low carb sweet & savoury picnic food favourites.

These travel well, require minimal work (except for slicing) and taste delicious. These are also super low in carbs and we have included sweet and savoury options so there is bound to be something for everyone. Let’s dive in.

Sun dried tomato, olives and feta low carb loaf - Low Carb Picnic & Party dishes

Sun dried Tomato, Feta & Olive Loaf

All the flavours of your favourite antipasto platter in the convenience of a loaf!

 You can have fun with the additions, add in some cured meats and other cheeses or stick with the original recipe, which tastes AHH-MAZING! 😍

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 2g • Protein 14g • Fat 5g

Sugar Free Raspberry Coconut Slice cut up on cooling rack

Low Carb Raspberry Jam Coconut Slice

Raspberry Coconut Slice! A childhood favourite of many. These sweet little treats are a perfect throwback to your childhood, without the sugar load and will pop a smile on everyones face.

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 4.6g • Protein 4.8g • Fat 12g

Low Carb Spinach, Feta Muffins - almond flour base

Spinach Feta Cheese Muffins

Super flavourful and satisfying. These low carb savoury treats are super low carb! 1.5g! This is another great recipe where you can switch up the additions and create something new each time, swap spinach for grated carrot, feta for halloumi etc.

 They’re also a tasty way to get in some extra veggies!

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 1.5g • Protein 8.6g • Fat 12.1g

Low carb Cheesy dinner rolls fresh out of the oven - Low Carb Picnic & Party dishes

Cheesy Low Carb Mini Rolls

You had me at cheesy? With 8g of protein, these mini rolls are super satisfying. These would make a tasty addition to a lovely antipasto platter.

Tip: Combining a combo of cheeses will take these up a notch! 🤤 🤤

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 2g • Protein 8g • Fat 6g

Low carb double choc muffins and one with a bite taken out.

Low Carb Choc Chip Muffins

These chocolate muffins tick A LOT of boxes. Portion control, no washing up required, no slicing and all the fun that chocolate should be without the sugar overload!

Give your family a sweet treat that they’ll feel great eating!

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 6.2g • Protein 5.2 • Fat 12.4g

Protein Garlic Cheesy Pizza - PBCo. Recipe - Low Carb Picnic & Party dishes

Cheesy Garlic Protein Pizza

The ultimate sharing food – Pizza! Perfect for your next picnic or BBQ. Definitely a crowd-pleaser…I mean who doesn’t love pizza? Get. This. Into. Your. Belly.

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 1.7g • Protein 19g • Fat 19.2g

Top cakes & slices that are sure to impress at any event.

Let’s kick things up a notch, these delectable desserts are extra special. A little indulgent but still low in carbs and sugar and just perfect to take to your next event. If you want to plant a smile on your mates face, show up with one of these.

Low Carb Passionfruit Cheesecake Slice on baking paper - Low Carb Picnic & Party dishes

Passion Fruit Cheesecake Slice

This. Tastes. AH-MAAAZING!! This is such a delicious dessert. I mean Passionfruit anything is awesome, but the tart & sweet combined with buttery & creamy…I mean, just make this!

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 3g • Protein 4 • Fat 12.2g

Low Carb Lemon Tart with a slice taken out.

Sugar Free Lemon Tart

This sugar-free carb lemon tart is a light and tangy refreshing dessert. A timeless classic made low carb and sugar-free so we don’t have to miss out.

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 2g • Protein 5g • Fat 19g

Lower carb Black Forest Cake in a platter - Low Carb Picnic & Party dishes

Low Carb Black Forest Cake

Traditionally based on a German cake ‘Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte’ which means black forest cherry torte. Beautifully moist and full of flavour this is definitely a crowd-pleaser!

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 9g • Protein 6 • Fat 14g

Low Carb Butter cake with passionfruit frosting

Low Carb Butter Cake

Classic Butter cake with passionfruit cream cheese frosting is just soo good! The buttery, sweet and tart combo just make this dessert a simple yet indulgent slice of happiness! Enjoy x

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 4g • Protein 5g • Fat 13g

Low Carb Mango Macadamia Cheesecake - Low Carb Picnic & Party dishes

Low Carb Mango Macadamia Cheesecake

Cheesecake is so delicious! And THIS cheesecake is next level.

This will wow any group of people because its decadent, delicious and with no added sugar. We also have a lovely baked vanilla cheesecake recipe which is the perfect base for your favourite cheesecake or just delicious as is.

Nutrition per serve • Carbs 3.1g • Protein 6.6 • Fat 24.8g

So there you have it, a few recipes to help make planning for picnics, BBQ’s and little catch ups so much easier.  If you plan on heading out to your local eateries, then check out this post!

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Jo struggled with obesity as a teenager. She decided that she needed to take control of her health, and embarked on a 3.5-year journey to lose 56kg’s and get healthy, This involved a combination of cutting out a lot of unhealthy foods, reducing carbs and exercising. Educating herself on the value of nutrient-rich foods was a key factor. Throughout this, Jo became passionate about helping as many people feel as good as they can, so they could enjoy life with those that they love. Joanne started with the business in Customer Service, and due to her passion for Low Carb as well as experience as a Weight Loss Coach – quickly progressed and was promoted to Community Manager.