Keto Holiday Recipe Roundup
For most of us, the holiday season is filled with tradition, whether it’s family tradition, religious tradition, or the tradition of celebrating in front of the TV with Chinese take out. Whatever the holidays mean to you, they don’t have to mean abandoning your ketogenic diet plan in order to enjoy the feast. With the help of a few key recipes, you can enjoy a deliciously keto Christmas, ditching the sugar for alternatives that will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
Generally employed for weight loss, the keto diet requires choosing low-carb (less than 30 grams of net carbs per day) meal plans, and replacing the missing carbohydrates with veggies and fat. Holiday meals are often already chock full of fat, in the form of butter and heavy cream, but replacing the carbs can sometimes get tricky if you’re trying to keep the end result similar to the original flavors.
We’ve created a roundup of our favorite keto holiday recipes to help you reimagine your favorite holiday foods to bring them in line with your keto diet.
Traditional holiday appetizers are already halfway to keto. Bite-sized snacks that include bacon, cheese, or veggies might already qualify, but just to make sure we have you covered, here are a few of our favorite low-carb recipes:
- Cream Cheese Keto Crackers — by Gnom-Gnom
- Bacon-Wrapped Lobster Chunks — by The Nourished Caveman
- Almond Cheese Spread — by The Taste of Home
- Gluten-Free Smoked Salmon and Ricotta Pastry Roll-Up — by Gnom-Gnom
- Portobello Mushroom Bites — by Tasteaholics
- Cheddar Bacon Deviled Eggs — by That Low Carb Life
Surviving the Stuffing
The holiday side dishes, which generally include bread, stuffing, casseroles covered in breadcrumbs, potatoes, and the like can really get tricky when you’re striving for a low-carb holiday. We’ve scoured the web, in addition to including some of our favorites from our blog, for some absolutely delicious side dish options.
- Butternut Squash Soup — by The Food Network
- Broccoli Cheese Soup — by Kettle & Fire
- Creamy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes — by Ruled.Me
- Au Gratin Brussels Sprouts — by Ruled.Me
- Supreme Green Bean Casserole — by Low Carb Maven
- Keto Roasted Pecan Green Beans — by Full Keto
Main Meat Dishes
Meat is naturally keto, but we often forget how much sugar is in marinades and sauces. That sugar can add up quickly, and if we’re saving our limited carbs for our sweet holiday treats, we don’t want to waste them by eating the ones hiding in sauces. Choosing the right way to dress your hearty meat dishes will help you stay on track without losing the flavors you’re used to.
- Keto Honey Baked Ham — by Papa G
- Keto Fried Chicken — by My Keto Kitchen
- Roasted Pork Leg With Crackling (pork rinds) — by My Keto Kitchen
- Turkey Meatballs — by Butteryum
- Slow Cooker Pot Roast — by Stockpiling Moms
- Garlic Butter Salmon — by Delish
Desserts seem like they’d be the biggest challenge on a low carb or keto diet, but you might be surprised at how many amazing recipes we found, whether we’re talking about sweets, tasty beverages, cookies, or the traditional holiday pies we’re all used to eating this time of year. But first, let’s start with this amazing keto whipped cream recipe by My Keto Kitchen, which you can whip up to top any of the desserts on this list!
- Bulletproof Peppermint Mocha — by Gnom-Gnom
- Keto Eggnog — by Kettle & Fire
- Hot Apple Cider — by Tasteaholics
- Pumpkin Spice Latte — by Peace, Love and Low Carb
- Hot Chocolate — The Harvest Skillet
- Low-Carb Pecan Pie — by Keto Connect
- Pumpkin Pie — by Life Made Sweeter
- Easy Apple Tart — by I Breathe I’m Hungry
- Peanut Butter and Chocolate French Silk Pie — by Tasteaholics
- Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake — by Food Faith Fitness
Cookies and Sweet Bites
- Cacao and Cashew Fat Bombs — by Kettle & Fire
- Grain-free Rum Balls — by Healthful Pursuit
- Peppermint Cheesecake Bars — by The Low Carb Diet
- Key Lime Pie Bars — by All Day I Dream About Food
- Lemon Bars — by Fit Mom Journey
- Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men — by All Day I Dream About Food
- Cinnamon Swirl Cookies — by Keto Diet App
Ring in the New Year in Ketosis
This holiday season, don’t let your dinner party plans wreck your diet. Bring one or some of these delicious dishes with you and enjoy a keto holiday like you never knew possible. Ring in the New Year without the extra holiday pounds by sticking to your plan and loving it.
Keto foods don’t have to be boring or flavorless. Use the limitations to your advantage and enjoy rich, decadent foods like the ones we’ve shared to get you through a delicious holiday season.
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