By: Annie Morgan
Christmas day is almost here –which means a large spread of delicacies and treats will be available (most likely full of sugar and carbs).
But just because all the unhealthy food is tempting you to give in, doesn’t mean you have to indulge.
Instead, opt for a keto-friendly Christmas, and you’ll be able to eat what you want, not to mention enjoy the taste of eating real food.
Check out some of the best keto meals you can make this Christmas.
To start off your meal, whip up a few creative appetizers.
You can do something warm like a bowl of roasted cauliflower soup with added spices for flavor, or serve a favorite app like stuffed mushrooms filled with cheese and bacon.
For a cold dish, you can serve everything from shrimp cocktail to deviled eggs.
And of course – an epic cheese tray (minus the crackers) will allow your guests to sample all different kinds of cheese from all over the world.
Bring On The Meat
The sky’s the limit with your meat options this Christmas.
From prime rib to bacon-wrapped turkey – you can literally eat whatever meat your little heart desires.
You can roast it. Grill it. Pan-Fry It.
And depending on your taste, you can add a wide variety of spices from rosemary to thyme.
While people are loading up on food like corn and mashed potatoes, you can serve a wide variety of vegetables.
Sautéed brussels sprouts with bacon are always a hit and have a rich and vibrant flavor.
Or, you can bake asparagus with garlic for a healthy and crunchy treat. For a fun twist, wrap the asparagus with prosciutto.
Many casseroles are full of potatoes and other carb-filled stuff, but yours can be keto-friendly.
Consider making a cheesy cauliflower casserole with bacon or ham.
The cauliflower serves as the base – and you can add in other keto-friendly items like eggs and heavy cream to make it thick.
Of course – don’t forget to pile on the cheese!
Yes, You Can Have Dessert
Just because you are on keto, doesn’t mean you can’t eat dessert.
Sure, you’ll have to pass on the store-bought cookies and the pie loaded with sugar – but there are countless alternatives.
Try making a keto flourless chocolate cake.
The only ingredients you need are water, salt, unsweetened baking chocolate, ghee, eggs, and a low carb sugar substitute.
Low Carb Yum lists out simple instructions to make this treat:
“Line bottom of 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. In small pot, heat water, salt, and Swerve over medium heat until salt and sweetener are dissolved. Melt baking chocolate in double boiler or microwave. Mix melted chocolate and butter in large bowl with electric mixer. Beat in the hot water mixture. Add in egg, one at a time, beating well after adding each. Pour mix into prepared springform pan. Wrap outside well with foil. Place springform pan in larger cake pan and add boiling water to the outside pan about 1 inch deep. Bake cake in water bath for 45 minutes at 350°F. Remove and cool slightly on wire rack. Chill cake overnight in refrigerator. Then remove side of springform pan.”
So this Christmas season – be encouraged!
You don’t have to stuff yourself with bruschetta, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and canned cranberry sauce.
Instead, you can dine on shrimp cocktail, bacon-wrapped turkey, ham, and cheese cauliflower casserole, roasted brussels sprouts with bacon – AND have your cake too!
What is your favorite keto-friendly Christmas meal?
Which one of the above items do you want to try first?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know the best keto-friendly Christmas day feast ideas!