Christmas means different things for different people. Many cultures celebrate this time of year in a different fashion, but the one thing that is always involved is food. Our list of Keto Christmas Recipes will help you stay on track this year and resist all temptation of foods you used to eat!
Don't fret, Christmas can be just as delicious as it was in the past, you can still have all of your favorites, and enjoy them with family as well! We can suggest some truly yummy Holiday-approved recipes to make. Hopefully these keto Christmas recipes will satisfy your need for holiday foods this year and help you stay on track with your diet too!
Making a plan for the Holidays
Whatever celebrations are scheduled, whatever feasts will occur, it is always good to have a solid plan. Odds are, you will be tempted, you will be pushed to try foods by your family members, you will be overwhelmed with decisions.
Having a plan is essential. Do you plan to eat keto? Do you plan to fast for some of the day? Do you plan to workout before or after? Ask yourself all these questions so you have a plan to stay on track!
Making Your own keto Holiday dishes
Planning to make your own keto dishes and taking them with you can help out a lot. Having a keto-friendly dessert or casserole can prevent you from reaching into your Aunt Sue's famous sweet potato casserole. There are plenty of keto Christmas recipes that can satisfy your cravings without slowing down your progress.
Keto Christmas Casseroles
I don't know about you, but in my family, this is the time of the year I see all of the casseroles. They are easy, they are savory, and they are perfect for a feast. Check out a few keto casseroles you could bring to your Christmas get-together.
Savory Keto Side Dishes
In my family, we do turkey for Thanksgiving, and a honey glazed ham for Christmas. I am not sure if that is how other families do it, but I am more of a ham person. We have an awesome Turkey and Gravy recipe if turkey is your thing. No matter the meat, there are always some great savory dishes like stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cornbread. There are also some great sauces to top dishes with. Here are some of my favorites:
As you can see, there are so many great keto Christmas recipes to make for your holiday get-together!
Safe To Eat
Hopefully there will be other foods at your Christmas get-together that are safe to eat on the keto diet. We always have appetizers at my Christmas feast, and there are usually some great options for keto that won't send you too overboard on your carbs. Here are some tips to stay keto with common appetizers:
- A veggie tray (stick to the low-carb veggies)
- A fruit tray (stick to the low carb fruits - berries)
- A cheese & meat tray (these should be pretty safe)
- Deviled Eggs (these are usually lower in carbs)
- Party pickles (these are okay, but if they are sweet, they might be higher carb)
If your get-together doesn't include any of these, it might be nice to take your own keto-friendly appetizers like Simple Deviled Eggs, a low-carb vegetable tray, Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, or a cheese and meat tray. You can even make some fancy Pumpkin Seed Crackers or Toasted Pecans with Bacon to snack on.
This fancy Prosciutto Wrapped Salmon will take your game up a notch and impress everyone at your celebration.
Christmas Sweets For Everyone!
When I think of desserts during Christmas, I think of pies and cookies. I also think of gingerbread, because I remember my sister putting together a gingerbread house just to eat it the next day. If you think that you can't enjoy Christmas desserts on the keto diet, you are very wrong. We have lots of keto Christmas desserts and tasty treats you and your family will love!
We have so many tasty Christmas dessert recipes like Keto Gingerbread Cake and Walnut Snowball Cookies! Christmas desserts are all about holiday flavors such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger and our keto Christmas recipes are packed with them.
Here are some desserts that are sure to add some sweetness to your Christmas celebration:
- Keto Biscotti
- Keto Peppermint Bark
- Low Carb Pecan Pie
- Shortbread Cookies
- Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
- Cinnamon Ricotta Cake
- Easy Baked Rice Pudding
- Spiced Walnut Cookies
- Low-Carb Snickerdoodles
- Peanut Butter Pie
- Pumpkin Pinwheel Cookies
- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread
Don't forget about the drinks! In my family, we had two options, white grape juice or water. Of course I chose the grape juice 90% of the time, but there are other drinks that I love to make now, and they are keto-friendly! There are some great options for keto Christmas drinks, so don't hesitate to surprise your family with these tasty sips of cheer.
Eggnog, the Holiday's favorite drink. Regular eggnog is full of sugar, but we have the perfect low-carb, sugar-free version just for you! You can make drinks for the actual celebration, or enjoy them the night before Christmas when your kids are getting ready for Santa to come.
Have A Happy Holiday With These Keto Christmas Recipes!
No matter the food, no matter the drinks, we all know that Christmas time is about spending time with loved ones and enjoying that time as best you can. Food can often times bring us together, so hopefully your family will love some of these recipes just as much as we do.
We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday!
Always make sure to plan for the holidays so you aren't faced with the hard decision of trying to figure out what you can and can't eat while at the table! If you bring a few homemade items to family gatherings, and understand how to navigate the holiday dinner table then you'll increase your chances of sticking to your diet during the holiday season.