Hello friends! Happy Monday!
With Christmas upon us, in my mind, also marks the need to figure out my menu! Its this time of year where we come together around meals and the menu is celebrated and prioritized more than any other meal of the year. Whether it be for girls nights, Sunday dinner or any one of the holidays we are creating a meal for, I always strive to find the perfect items for my meals. Today, I’m excited to be incorporating keto and sharing what I’ll be making for a splendid keto Christmas!
If you’re following the keto diet, you don’t have to fear that you will cheat this Christmas! You can enjoy many of your favorite Christmas foods! Our suggestions are keto-friendly, however, if using a recipe it may require simple changes.
Keto Christmas Ham
Christmas Day without ham just wouldn’t be Christmas in my book! But I have great news! Ham is entirely keto-friendly (without sugar). Just stay away from any with sugar in the name to be keto-friendly. Check out The Health Benefits Of Going Keto.
Use my secret tip to prepare your ham in the crockpot! What a time saver! The ham most of us buy is pre-cooked so you are really just heating it up. I recently picked up the Crockpot Multi Cooker from WalMart and have already used it to make a meal last weekend. Having set up a new house top to bottom, I need a crock pot but also wanted a slow cooker, steamer, etc. However, I am a minimalist and do not want many little appliances cluttering up my cabinets. With this one appliance, I can pressure cook, slow cook, brown, sear, saute, or steam all in one! There’s just something about my trusty Crockpot Multi Cooker, y’all! This thing makes putting a meal together, whether for myself or up to 10 guests, a breeze!
Do you have one? If you’ve been thinking about one but holding out, I’d definitely recommend looking at WalMart and doing it now as it will make the holiday that much easier!
While guests wait for dinner, I like to keep them satisfied with appetizers that are to be keto-friendly, too. I have to tell you, a charcuterie board is one of my favorite food “things” in the world! Loaded with meat, cheeses, olives, and pickles, what could be wrong with it? It’s a friendly option for everyone. Omit the crackers to avoid temptation for you. You love meat and cheese, right? They will too! Opt to add vegetables for added crunch. Read Keto Appetizers That Will Make You The Hit Of The Next Party.
Deviled eggs are typically a staple for most keto followers. Made with hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, and sometimes a bit of pickle relish, these are all keto friendly foods. There are a lot of recipes out there to add variety in your deviled with other mix-ins for different flavors. Think hot sauce, avocado or even bacon. You can also sprinkle on seasonings for a different flair. Read Keto During The Holidays: The Two Biggest Challenges.
Obviously, since you are preparing you will know what vegetables are low carb options. These include veggies like broccoli, zucchini, and cauliflower. To add flair while being keto friendly, prepare asparagus by wrapping in bacon. Broccoli is exceptional when roasted. Also great roasted are brussels sprouts. Roast at high-temp in the oven or pan-seared in bacon fat in a cast-iron skillet, they get amazingly crispy and brown. A staple of holiday tables are mashed potatoes, opt instead for keto-friendly cauliflower mash instead. It’s a perfect texture match for mashed potatoes and can be taken to the next level with heavy cream, cheese, and bacon. Creamed spinach is a rich, keto-friendly option. Made with spinach, butter, garlic, and, heavy cream it’s absolutely keto-friendly and decadent. Learn about the Keto Friendly Vegetables Low in Carbs and Rich in Vitamins.
Typically safe for keto followers, salad is a great option. Be sure to avoid croutons, crunchy fried onions, or anything not low carb. There are a lot of choices for tasty low carb toppings that will turn it into an exceptional salad while sticking to your plan. Check out What Can You Eat On A Keto Diet.
Low Carb Bread or Biscuits
On keto, followers know they cannot have a typical roll or bread because of the large number of carbs due to flour, but there are some astounding bread and biscuit recipes, made with almond or coconut flour, that are low carb. Be sure to check out 80+ Keto Christmas Recipes That’ll Make You Feel Like You’re Not on a Diet.
Rethink Christmas treats with a keto twist. There are some surprising fat bombs that will be impressive Christmas treats. Fat bombs are typically made keto by adding cream cheese, coconut butter, or coconut oil to meet your fat needs. There are also loads of other desserts, including Christmas cookies that non-keto followers will never guess are keto, just like the fat bombs. Simply search Pinterest for a multitude of options. Here are 56 Insanely Delicious Fat Bombs Recipes for Keto & Why You Need Them.
The best way to ensure the meal is keto is for you to host the meal. Attending someone else’s Christmas dinner will mean you skip a lot of foods since you are unaware of how they were prepared. Obviously, you’d have to skip all bread, stuffing, potatoes as well as all of the sugary treats.
Be sure to save this post to Pinterest to make referencing these ideas super easy! Thanks for stopping by today, y’all! Leave a comment below letting me know what you’ll be making this time of year!