A low-carb Christmas
Low carb and Christmas don't normally go in the same sentence unless that sentence is something like, “You can't be low carb at Christmas.” Still, that sounds like quitter talk. You can stay low carb around Christmas time if you're careful and you're armed with the right eating plan and a few recipes.
Hang in there. Low carb at Christmas is hard, but your health will thank you for it.
When the Christmas toasts ring out, you might be thinking that your best bet is stick with light beer. However, the carbs in light beer can range anywhere from two to seven grams per glass, while the flavor can often range from water to sort-of-dirty water. Instead, raise a glass of dry wine, red or white. Both have three-and-a-half carbs per five-ounce glass, making them a much more flavorful alternative per serving. Dry Champagne is also extremely low in carbs, making it good for Christmas holiday celebrations.
Low-carb main courses
The good news is that most Christmas main courses are heavy on the proteins. Therefore, your best bet is to fill up as much as you can on that Christmas goose, ham, turkey, etc. with as little sauce or as few sides as possible. In fact, in some ways it might be better to overindulge a little at dinner so that you're not tempted to fill up on dessert or those little bowls of Christmas candy that seem to pop up.
If you're worried about what's going to be served, though, feel free to consult your host about the protein being served to make sure it's not going to be covered in a sugary glaze or served with a lot of starches. You can also bring a low-carb side like roasted broccoli with whole cranberries, roasted Brussels sprouts, whipped cauliflower, etc.
You're in luck because nuts are both low carb and very associated with Christmas. If you can, perch close to the bowl of nuts instead of the cookies so you can snack and avoid the carbs. Raw vegetables are also good, especially if you can locate no-sugar-added peanut butter to dip them in. Lastly, there's almost always a cheese tray you can snack on if you get the munchies.
At some point in time, you're going to want a Christmas cookie or two. Or 10. When that happens, have a good gluten-free/low-carb cookie recipe handy so you can make your own and stick to your diet. If you don't have a favorite, try this one when your cookie cravings hit.
Low-carb chocolate chip cookies
Yields 18 cookies
- 1 stick butter
- 4 tablespoons Stevia
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (if you want to cheat)
- 1-1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 cup no-sugar-added chocolate chips
- Baking spray
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and Stevia until the butter turns light.
- Add the egg and vanilla and mix them in.
- In a separate bowl, sift the almond flour, then mix in the coconut and baking powder.
- Add the flour to the butter mixture and stir to mix.
- Mix in the chocolate chips.
- Make 18 cookies and place them on a baking sheet that has been greased with cooking spray.
- Bake for 18 minutes.