The holidays are a festive time, a time to spend with family and friends, and with a nice holiday meal too! Many people seem to think that the holidays are all about the carbs. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can have a holiday meal while keeping your carb levels low. Eating low carb doesn’t mean a meat-only meal; you can always load up on veggies too.
1. Choose current favorites that are lower in carbs
Turkey is an all-time favorite and at the same time a very low carb meal. There might be vegetables or delights which are family favorites and have less starch or added sugar. Try to recall the previous holidays and revive the dishes which have the least carbs in it.
2. Scale back some of the traditional side dishes
Plain roasted yams with salt, pepper and butter are still delicious even without all the marshmallows on top. Simple sautéed mushrooms and peppers or a salad with a cranberry vinaigrette dressing will do.
3. Serve Low-Carb appetizers
Have some vegetables with dip, and serve almonds on the table or other nuts instead of chips. You might want to hold off the carbs for the main course. Shrimp is a tasty starter for seafood lovers and can be made in more than a few ways, and best of all, it is very low in carbs.
4. Prepare a Low-Carb delight tray for the table
The following are good choices: baby carrots, celery sticks, roasted red peppers, radish blossoms, marinated artichokes, broccoli and cauliflower with dip, olives and dill pickle spears.
5. Avoid the Sweets
Skip all the chocolate truffles and candy canes and prepare a fruit tray instead. You can use fresh fruit as well as dried cranberries, apricots, or pineapple slices too!
6. Try Veggies and Forget those Forbidden Potatoes
Pureed cauliflower can be used instead of potatoes for mashed potatoes. It can also be used as a thickener for gravy along with a splash of heavy cream or a little bit of cream cheese.
7. Play with your side dishes
Try different side dishes such as grilled or roasted vegetable salads — like peppers, zucchini and eggplant with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and pesto dressing – or you can also try a green bean salad with toasted almonds.
8. Low Carb Christmas Beverages
Rather than serving the traditional alcoholic beverages, you can have a variety of low carb beers, cocktails and drinks. There are also many lower-carb wines on the market today and many of them are marked as such, if they contain 7g of carbs or less per serving. If you can’t get away from the liquor, try mixing it with soda water rather than sugary or creamy options.
Don’t let your low carb lifestyle hold you back this holiday season! You can enjoy it just like anyone else, without impacting — or sabotaging — your low carb success! And your friends and relatives will enjoy trying something new!