Healthy Christmas recipes may sound like an oxymoron, but I promise you it's possible to enjoy your holiday and festive feast and still stay in line with your eating lifestyle with these 20 incredible recipes!
Even those in your family who don't eat low carb will be amazed by just how fantastic these recipes are.
Long gone are the days where carbs were the dictator of whether a meal was delicious or not. These low-carb and keto Christmas recipes have all the flavour of their carbohydrate-laden counterparts, but none of the guilt or sluggishness!
Healthy Christmas Recipes
At Christmas, there are typically so many parties, get-togethers, shared platters, nibbles, drinks and celebrations, that you need to be prepared with some healthy Christmas recipes.
Even if your holiday will be enjoyed entirely at home, these low-carb and keto Christmas recipes are my favourites to make each year!
For Christmas Day, plan ahead and take a look at my Easy Roast Turkey. This is how I cook my turkey every year and I have included my simple schedule to follow so you can relax and not worry.
Set the timer for each stage. Imagine tasty pork stuffing, turkey smothered in butter, wrapped in bacon, then cooked in an aluminium foil parcel. Moist and tender every time.
For nibbles and shared platters, take a look at my Top 20 healthy Christmas recipes. 10 sweet and 10 savouries.
Sweet Treats and Nibbles
Perhaps the hardest food group to enjoy sans-carbs are desserts.
However, I've cracked the case with these low-carb desserts and bites that are perfect for the holidays ... or anytime, frankly.
- Sugar-free gingerbread men - the quintessential Christmas holiday activity just got better. Not only are they delicious, but they also make a wonderful healthy gift idea.
- Sugar-Free Spiced Almonds - lovely to share with drinks and as a gift.
- Chocolate Heaven Cake - this is the most downloaded cake from Ditch The Carbs. Because it has no added sugar, wheat-free, grain-free, gluten-free and nut-free it is a brilliant cake for almost all occasions. It can be sliced and served with berries and cream or cut into small squares for a platter to share.
- Chocolate Mint Truffles - these are perfect to bring to a gathering or a dinner party to enjoy with coffee. Roll in cocoa, coconut or crushed nuts to make them an attractive healthy gift.
- Lemon Coconut Cake - the lemon balances the coconut beautifully and the recipe can be made into cupcakes. Top it off with lemon, yoghurt and cream cheese icing or serve on the side. This is sure to become a favourite.
- Low Carb Christmas Mince Pies - spiced and boozy with brandy cream.
- Flourless Almond & Orange Cake - so easy to make all in the blender. You don't even have to peel the orange.
- Walnut & Brandy Truffles - these need no explanation, they just need making and eating.
- Keto Waffles - for a special breakfast with the family.
- Peppermint Fat Bombs - if you need something fresh that you know will satisfy you, pop one of these after dinner.
Healthy Christmas Recipes - Savoury Nibbles
If you are heading to a holiday event or family gathering, I highly recommend you make at least one of these appetizers or side dishes. These will help keep you away from the chips and dips and other energy-zapping foods.
- Salmon and Cream Cheese Bites - these are an absolute classic. Bite-sized portions of salmon, cream cheese and dill. These are my absolute GP-TO party nibble for Christmas, birthdays, family get-together and shared parties.
- Devilled eggs - remember these from your childhood? So quick and easy, so economical and so adaptable ( I love them curried, how about you?).
- Cracker Crackling - easy and tasty nibbles to accompany drinks and for a snack. These can even be packaged as a gift
- Paleo Scotch Eggs - cut into quarters or use miniature eggs to turn these into finger food
- Easy garlic Pate - packed with nutrition and none of the preservatives of store-bought pate. You can be assured of the quality of the pate as you get to see exactly what goes in, and only takes a little while to make. Who knew making pate could be so easy? Serve on cucumber slices instead of wheat or rice crackers.
- Cream Cheese Stuffed Meatballs - serve with toothpicks and bowls of homemade ketchup or curry dipping sauces
- FatHead Pizza - this is the most downloaded recipe for my entire site. Can be cut into tiny slices or make as individual pizzas.
- Lamb Kebabs - again, make these as mini versions to serve as finger food.
- Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus - a full tray looks spectacular to share
- Paleo prawn cocktails - seriously the fastest party platter idea. Serve in individual glasses with a toothpick or fork, and garnish with a lettuce leaf.
Get ready for Christmas and start planning your healthy low carb meals.
Other Tips and Tricks for Planning a Healthy Christmas
If there's one thing that can quickly derail any eating lifestyle, it's not having a plan. Good intentions may carry you so far, but having a plan will ensure you leave the holiday season feeling light and trim. Here are a few things to consider.
Read more: Top 10 Low-Carb Party Good Ideas
What is a good non-traditional Christmas dinner?
If you are looking for an easy way to enjoy healthy Christmas recipes, here's one of my favorite tips. Rather than feel confined to a traditional 3-course meal, why not just make a favourite low-carb casserole or even a fathead pizza, and call it a day?
While eating a fancy meal may seem tied to the holidays, eating simple doesn't take away from the spirit of them. Pair your main dish with a side salad or your favourite roasted veg, and make sure you are fueled for all the unwrapping of gifts!
What do I do with holiday leftovers?
There are loads of ways you can reuse your holiday leftovers, regardless of how fancy or simple you make Christmas dinner. Of course, the most simple solution is just to enjoy eating them the next 2-3 days, but you can also get creative by trying one of these:
- Add leftover meats into omelettes and scrambles.
- Enjoy the leftover meat and veg as a massive salad.
- Bake up leftovers into a meat cupcake, similar to this one.
- Create stews and soups with leftover ingredients.
I hope this post has helped you come up with a plan to stay on your road to health this season!
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Wishing you all a very happy Christmas, and healthy new year.