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Keto Friendly Sweets 

Just because you’re on the keto diet doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the holiday sweets and treats. Here is how you can have both. Merry Christmas!

Christmas is a time to eat, drink and be merry, but sometimes those holiday parties can leave you feeling fatigued, bloated or both. Luckily, you don’t need to ditch your healthy habits to enjoy the festivities with family and friends. Simply give this year’s Christmas menu a low-carb twist with the keto diet, so you can enjoy the holiday season without too much sugar and processed carbs.

“A ketogenic diet consists of high-fat, medium-protein and low-carb foods,” says Kelly Boyer, founder and CEO of Paleta, a healthy food delivery service in Los Angeles. “While you’ll want to restrict a few items, most of the classic dishes are part and parcel of a keto diet.”

Here, Boyer shares her favorite 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!

Low-carb cocktails

Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t have alcohol in moderation. As long as you skip sugary mixed drinks, you can still enjoy a few cocktails. “Pop the cork on the the driest versions of champagne, cava, prosecco, or sparkling wine,” says Boyer. “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.”

Amy Shapiro, a registered dietician and founder of RealFoodNutritionNYC, favors liquor over mixed drinks. “There’s less sugar and carbs and more bang for your buck,” she says. “I also like the olive, which has heart-healthy fat over sugary mixers and sweet fruits.”

Guilt-free eggnog

This Christmas classic may seem like a diet no-no, but swap out the sugar for low-calorie sweetener and it quickly becomes a keto favorite. “Traditional recipes include egg yolks, heavy cream, nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon sticks,” says Boyer.

“Because most of these ingredients are already keto-friendly, you’ll just want to replace the sugar with SWERVE or xylitol. I also suggest splitting the heavy cream with organic almond or coconut milk to reduce calories without impacting the creamy texture.” These quick fixes not only reduce calories, but also help curb your daily carb intake too.

“Cutting out the cream and milk will cut the carbs,” says Shapiro. “Cutting the sugar obviously helps with that too.”

Sugar-free 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 to top with your favorite aged cheese, cured meat or homemade dip. “You don’t have to say no to fat-based dips because that creamy spinach and artichoke dip is a-okay,” says Boyer. “Just keep the artichoke portions to a minimum and go heavy on the spinach.”

Shapiro couldn’t agree more, especially since seed crackers pack a nutritious punch. “They’re loaded with minerals and void of carbs,” she says. “These will nourish you and fill you with nutrients not sugar.” She also suggests adding mixed nuts to your menu since they are “full of heart-healthy fatsvitamin B, manganese, copper and more.”

 

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