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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!
The Ketogenic Diet
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.
Holiday Keto Recipes That Help You Eat Great + Lose Weight
APPLE CRANBERRY BACON CANDIED WALNUT SALAD WITH APPLE POPPY SEED VINAIGRETTE
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.
From Carlsbad Cravings
SPICED PUMPKIN SOUP
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.
From Ruled Me
SAUSAGE STUFFED MUSHROOMS
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.
From Keto Adapted
DEVILED EGGS WITH BACON BITS
This appetizer is perfect for the keto diet with eggs, bacon, and a homemade mayonnaise full of healthy fats!
From Paleo Leap
LOW CARB GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
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!
ROASTED PECAN GREEN BEANS
For a simple side dish, check out this green bean recipe that packs a flavor punch with parmesan cheese and hot pepper flakes.
SKILLET ROASTED BACON BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH GARLIC PARMESAN CREAM SAUCE
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!
LOW CARB CANDIED “YAMS” WITH MARSHMALLOWS
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!
From KetoDiet Blog
CAULIFLOWER MASHED POTATOES
Enjoy all the creaminess you love while keeping carb count low by replacing those starchy potatoes with cauliflower with this easy recipe.
From The Spunky Coconut
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!
PUMPKIN BREAD, SAUSAGE + FETA DRESSING
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!
GRAIN FREE HERBED BISCUITS
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.
From Ditch the Wheat
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.
From My Heart Beets
You can even enjoy cornbread on the keto diet – just be sure to replace corn meal with healthier flours like in this easy recipe.
From Genius Kitchen
ROSEMARY + MUSTARD CRUSTED BAKED HAM
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.
From I Breathe I’m Hungry
PRESSURE COOKER MOCHA RUBBED POT ROAST
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!
From Nom Nom Paleo
ORANGE + SAGE GLAZED DUCK BREAST
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!
From Ruled Me
BACON-BLANKETED HERB ROASTED TURKEY
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 Ingenious Turkey Cooking Hacks for the Tastiest Bird You’ve Ever Had.
From The Runaway Spoon
GARLIC HERB BACON WRAPPED TURKEY BREAST
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.
From Whitney Bond
ULTIMATE KETO GRAVY
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!
From KetoDiet Blog
HEALTHY PUMPKIN PIE PUDDING
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!
PUMPKIN SLAB PIE WITH CARDAMOM + CANDIED PECANS
This pumpkin slab pie feeds a crowd with a holiday favorite minus the guilt.
CARAMEL POTS DE CREME
From Ruled Me
CHRISTMAS WREATH MERINGUE
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.
From Ruled Me
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.
I would love to hear from you!
Do you follow the keto diet? How has it worked for you? I hope these easy Keto Holiday Recipes make the holiday season easier for you. Please share your thoughts and experiences below!