These 31+ low-carb holiday recipes will help keep you on track, while still enjoying the holiday celebrations. Don't let the festive season undo all your hard work.
From healthy desserts to mains, sides, and sauces, you can enjoy an entire low-carb meal that is keto-approved and the whole family will love.
How can I eat low-carb on a holiday?
The holiday season and festive season can derail your low-carb diet or keto diet. Whether you're planning a keto Thanksgiving party or a low-carb Christmas day, with a few easy recipes, you can create your very own low-carb holiday meal plan.
The easiest way to stay on track with your keto diet over the holidays is to avoid the high-carb side dishes, avoid the constant snacking at the holiday table, and always offer to bring keto desserts so you can avoid the high sugar desserts.
What to eat on keto when you're out of carbs?
Look for snacks with a savory flavor such as pork rinds, prosciutto, ham, and smoked salmon.
Will low-carb beer kick me out of ketosis?
Yes, low-carb beer and wine may often knock you out of ketosis. Your body will always metabolize alcohol before metabolizing body fat. So if you're not losing weight, try stopping or cutting back on alcohol for a while and monitor your progress.
Low-carb keto holiday recipes
Let's start off with low-carb beverage options because that's usually the first thing served during the festivities. You need to know the carbs in alcohol so you can choose alcohol that is low-carb friendly. Avoid cocktails and high-sugar wines.
This sugar-free low-carb eggnog is quick and simple. It's so deliciously creamy and you can enjoy it with or without brandy. This eggnog is always a real crowd-pleaser.
Traditional keto pumpkin pie spice latte is a quick and easy simple recipe. This copycat Starbucks coffee has only 2G net carbs and only costs $1.
Slow cooker low-carb mulled wine - the secret is the slow cooker keeps infusing flavor throughout the festivities! Your friends are sure to come back for seconds.
Low-carb appetizers and starters
These low-carb and keto appetizers are perfect to start your celebration with guests.
Low-Carb Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus gives the table such an elegant touch. This simple tasty appetizer is perfect for any low-carb party platter.
Get a little fancy with these Paleo prawn cocktails. Only a few ingredients, but they look so refreshing and add a nice touch to any holiday table.
Try this super easy low-carb pate. With only 5 ingredients and plenty of flavor, you can pair this with cheese, sliced vegetables, or low-carb crackers.
Want to keep things low-key and simple? Prepare these Keto cheese crackers made with mozzarella dough.
These Greek stuffed mushrooms would be the perfect low-carb starter. There's so much flavor in every bite!
Low-carb and keto side dishes
Side dishes can make or break a meal. These side dishes are all low-carb or keto, and the perfect tasty addition to the main meal. Green beans might be too high carb if you are on a keto diet, but you may be able to work them into a lower-carb diet.
Opt-out of the traditional mashed potatoes with this easy mashed cauliflower recipe. Add your own touch of flavor with butter, garlic, sour cream, or bacon.
Brussels sprouts are a classic holiday side dish. You can enjoy them creamed with garlic or buttery bacon.
Stuffing can be made with pork usage stuffing or keto cornbread stuffing. Each low-carb recipe is delicious to serve in your holiday feast.
Low-carb keto holiday main meals
The traditional roasted turkey is probably the most popular main dish. If you want to learn how to cook a turkey, watch the video and print the convenient cooking schedule!
If you have non-meat eater friends coming to your party, salmon quiche or salmon roulade are easy low-carb recipes that you can make ahead.
Main dishes come to life with the right sauce. The simplest of keto-friendly sauces has to be sour cream, herb butter, or garlic butter. But you might want mint sauce for roast lamb, or a tasty creamy bacon keto mushroom sauce.
Prefer lamb during the holidays? Our roast lamb with sugar-free mint sauce may be the perfect fit.
Low-carb keto desserts
Now it's time for my favorite part of the meal ... delicious desserts and sugar-free sweet treats. Always offer to bring a sugar-free dessert to a party. That way, you know there will be a keto-friendly option.
Low-carb raspberry swirl cake is delicious and easy to make. But, the real win is that it's only 5g net carbs per serving!
Low-carb chocolate pumpkin pie is like the best of both worlds. Chocolate and pumpkin. This keto-friendly dessert has no sugar and is naturally gluten-free. It's an absolutely delicious recipe to celebrate the holidays.
Pretty up the dessert table with low-carb mince pies. These can be served as either tarts or whole pies, either way, they're still delicious.
The holidays wouldn't be the same without gingerbread cookies, made with almond flour. They are sugar-free and gluten-free and a healthy recipe for children to enjoy.