5 Keto Christmas Recipes from a Rich Eggnog to Low-Carb Cookies

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Christmas is a time to eat, drink and be merry — but sometimes those holiday parties can leave you feeling bloated and fatigued. Rather than ditching your healthy habits to enjoy the festivities, simply give this year’s Christmas menu a low-carb twist, so you can enjoy the holiday season sans too much sugar and processed carbs.

Here are some tips and tricks for revamping your Christmas menu to make it keto-friendly without depriving yourself of your childhood favorites. And, yes, you can still have sugar cookies, eggnog, and more!

1. Keto-Approved Alcoholic Drinks

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Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t have alcohol — but the key is moderation. As long as you skip sugary mixed drinks, you can still enjoy a few cocktails.

Pop the cork on the driest versions of champagne, cava, prosecco, or sparkling wine.”Maybe a martini? Sophistication will never cease with this shaken, not stirred, drink made with vodka or gin. Garnish with a lemon twist or, even better, try a blue-cheese-stuffed olive.”

Try liquor over mixed drinks: “There’s less sugar and carbs and more bang for your buck.”

2. Low-Carb Eggnog

This Christmas classic may seem like a diet no-no, but swap out the sugar for a low-calorie sweetener and it quickly becomes a keto favorite.

Traditional eggnog recipes include egg yolks, heavy cream, nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon sticks. “Because most of these ingredients are already keto-friendly, you’ll just want to replace the sugar with a  keto-friendly sweetener like erythritol or xylitol. 

We also suggest splitting the heavy cream with organic almond or coconut milk to reduce calories without affecting the creamy texture.

These quick fixes not only reduce calories but also help curb your daily intake of sweet stuff. “Cutting out the cream and milk will cut the carbs.””Cutting the sugar obviously helps with that, too.”

3. Zero-Sugar Starters

Swap out standard fare like crostini and dip for sugar-free, low-carb alternatives. A few go-to options include sheets of nori or dehydrated seed crackers like Go Raw and Julian Bakery Primal and Paleo Thin crackers to top with your favorite aged cheese, cured meat, or homemade dip.

4. Low-Sugar Glazed Ham

Glazed ham maybe a Christmas classic, but it’s also loaded with sugar thanks to the traditionally thick glaze. That said, it is possible to make a keto-friendly version if you don’t mind getting a little creative with your ingredients.

The honey, brown sugar, and maple syrup can be replaced by a keto glaze made of dijon mustard, mayo, granulated garlic, champagne vinegar, bourbon, and ground cloves.

5. Keto Christmas Cookies

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If you think sticking to keto means skipping dessert, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by these low-sugar Christmas cookies. “Holidays just aren’t as happy without cookies.”

Luckily, just about every cookie is easily adjusted by replacing white flour with almond or coconut flour. Eggs and butter are welcome ingredients.

Chopped nuts also add texture to cookies and provide a high-protein, high-fat benefit. Sweeteners can be replaced with a keto-friendly sweetener, no-sugar applesauce, or date paste. You can even roll out the dough and cut it into shapes then decorate with royal icing made with Swerve powdered sugar.

Just remember not to overindulge since keto cookies are, well, still cookies. “It is important to remember that treats are always treats.” “But these do provide a lot more heart-healthy fat and less sugar than your average treat.”

Source:https://www.livestrong.com/article/13714741-low-carb-cookies-and-other-keto-recipes-for-christmas/

Author: Devika

Devika, M.Sc, NET Qualified is passionate about helping people discover the power of nourishing real food. She specializes in weight management, therapeutic nutrition, food allergies and intolerances, inflammatory diseases, gut health, and functional nutrition. Her approach blends a conventional health care and nutrition background with natural and science-based therapies.