December 22, 2017
Stay on your diet even through the holiday season with these Easy and Delicious Keto Holiday Recipes your whole family will love!
The ketogenic diet, also known as “keto,” is extremely popular right now for its weight loss and disease fighting benefits.
Whether you’ve been following this diet for a long time or are just now learning about it, you may be worried about adhering to a healthy, weight loss diet through the holiday season.
The following Keto Holiday Recipes will solve your holiday dieting angst, providing easy recipes that taste amazing and keep you on track during the most difficult dieting season of the year!
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If you’re unfamiliar with the keto diet, here are the basics. The keto diet is a low carb, high fat, whole foods diet that turns your body into a fat-burning machine.
Strict adherence to a keto diet promotes weight loss, mental focus, and increased energy and fights diseases and disorders like type 2 diabetes, epilepsy, PCOS, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and autoimmune diseases.
Block out everything you’ve learned about those low fat diets doctors have been promoting for so many years.
This diet promotes eating lots of fat, in order to put your body in ketosis, which is a fat burning state. To do this, you need to consume roughly 60-80 percent of your calories from fat.
The rest of your calories will come from protein (10-15 percent) and carbohydrates (less than 10 percent).
This diet is similar to the paleo and Atkins diets in that it promotes a low carb, whole foods diet, but keto goes a step further by exactly balancing macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbohydrates) for optimal weight loss.
I love fruit on a salad for that sweet and savory contrast and filling, healthy fiber and nutrients.
This salad features the best fresh foods of the season like apples, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and walnuts, along with delicious and satisfying bacon and an apple poppy seed dressing made with apple cider vinegar.
I like to use Bragg’s unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the mother for additional health benefits.
However, you might be wondering – is fruit okay to eat on a keto diet?
You definitely want to limit fruit when following the keto diet, but putting some fruit on a salad like this one should be fine.
You can further reduce the carb load in this salad by not caramelizing the walnuts and replacing the honey and sugar in the dressing with natural sweeteners like Stevia or dates.
Pumpkin soup is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, especially with seasonal spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and coriander.
Bacon and bacon grease are added for additional flavor and fat.
For more delicious soup recipes, check out 10 Yummy Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm.
Get your holiday meals started off right with this tasty sausage stuffed mushroom appetizer that will keep your guests satisfied and happy until dinner is ready!
I love making brie en croute for the holidays, but the traditional recipe with puff pastry is definitely not diet friendly!
Make this healthy version featuring a tasty homemade, keto friendly pastry made with almond and coconut flours.
This appetizer is perfect for the keto diet with eggs, bacon, and a homemade mayonnaise full of healthy fats!
If you can’t imagine a holiday meal without Green Bean Casserole, then you need to try this fantastic low carb and gluten free version that still features all the great tastes of the original!
For a simple side dish, check out this green bean recipe that packs a flavor punch with Parmesan cheese and hot pepper flakes.
Brussels sprouts are another staple vegetable for the holidays.
Make this tasty vegetable even more keto friendly with a homemade, full fat garlic Parmesan cream sauce!
Just because you’re on the keto diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite holiday foods.
This recipe features roasted pumpkin and homemade low carb marshmallows for a healthier version that will still satisfy your sweet tooth!
Enjoy all the creaminess you love while keeping carb count low by replacing those starchy potatoes with cauliflower with this easy recipe.
It’s exceedingly rare that a whole family would be following the same diet, which can make it necessary to prepare more than one version of certain dishes.
If you’re doing this for multiple recipes, this can get seriously time consuming, stressful, and expensive. Luckily, this stuffing is so delicious everyone will enjoy it!
For a delicious, seasonal twist on traditional dressing, try this yummy recipe featuring an easy low carb pumpkin quick bread, protein packed sausage, and tangy feta cheese for a dish that’s high in flavor and still great for your keto diet!
Normal bread recipes are a big no-no on the keto diet, but, luckily, there are some great low carb and gluten free bread recipes like these biscuits made with coconut flour that let you enjoy your favorite foods and still lose weight.
With the seasonal flavors of sage, rosemary, celery, and chicken stock, Thanksgiving Bread tastes like stuffing in loaf form.
Then, crunchy walnuts and crispy, flavorful bacon are added to make it even better!
This bread pairs perfectly with any holiday meal and makes delicious sandwich bread for leftover turkey sandwiches.
You can even enjoy cornbread on the keto diet – just be sure to replace corn meal with healthier flours like in this easy recipe.
Meats are great to satisfy your appetite when you’re eating low carb, but a honey glazed ham isn’t the best idea when you’re following the keto diet.
This baked ham recipe has loads of flavor without all those carbs.
Nom Nom Paleo is one of my favorite websites for delicious low carb recipes.
I especially love their Cracklin’ Chicken for a super quick and easy weeknight meal with loads of flavor.
With this Instant Pot recipe, you can make a unique, holiday worthy main dish your guests will love in about an hour!
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If you’ve never had duck, you’re in for a wonderful treat!
Duck is so much fattier than chicken or turkey, which is great both for the ketogenic diet and the flavor of the dish, since fat means flavor!
Who doesn’t love bacon?!
This recipe not only offers the best turkey presentation ever, the bacon also increases the meat’s juiciness and flavors the meat drippings for better gravy.
For more turkey cooking ideas and tips, see 25 Ingenious Turkey Cooking Hacks for the Tastiest Bird You’ve Ever Had.
Are you have only a few guests over , or just don’t want to deal with the whole bird?
Check out this easy turkey breast recipe that offers the benefits of wrapping the meat in bacon without all the fuss.
You really can have a delicious gravy without traditional thickeners like flour.
Just use this easy recipe that makes the best keto gravy ever in no time – with or without pan drippings!
The keto diet needs to be pretty strict to put you in ketosis, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel deprived, especially with delicious dessert recipes like this Pumpkin Pie Pudding that’s refined sugar free and vegan!
This pumpkin slab pie feeds a crowd with a holiday favorite minus the guilt.
This Wreath Meringue is inspired by the traditional Pavlova dessert, but is much softer and creamier, since the absence of sugar prevents it from crisping up.
This dessert can be made ahead and features delicious and colorful fresh berries making it perfect for holiday entertaining.
It can be difficult to follow a healthy diet around the holidays, but these Keto Holiday Recipes make it so much easier with tasty recipes that keep you on track during the toughest dieting season of the year.
What do you think of these Easy and Delicious Keto Holiday Recipes?
Do you follow the keto diet? How has it worked for you? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!