This is one of the most food-centric times of the year, with parties, potlucks, cookie exchanges and more. But with some planning and patience, it is possible for you to enjoy this special time of the year without inflicting too much damage to your waistline.
Be realistic. First of all, don’t put unrealistic expectations on yourself. Focus on maintaining the weight you’ve lost so far and the strategies you’ve come to rely on to live a low carb lifestyle, such as planning your meals and snacks.
- Stay hydrated. It’s easy to let this simple healthy habit go to wayside when holiday planning and shopping suddenly monopolize your time, but keep your water bottle filled and always available. Water does wonders for your digestion, your skin and for keeping your hunger under control.
- Spoil your appetite. If you’re headed to a party with carb-filled temptations at every turn, fill yourself up with a hearty low carb snack before you go.
- Fill up with protein. Fortunately, many holiday dishes are naturally low in carbs and higher in satisfying protein, such as ham, turkey and prime rib, plus appetizers like shrimp cocktail or smoked salmon. Fill your plate with these choices, and round out your meal with veggies.
- Find some go-to low carb holiday recipes. From holiday cheer to sides, appetizers and desserts, these delicious low carb holiday recipes will be perfect for any party, potluck or dinner:
Low Carb Holiday Drinks
Ginger Lemon Champagne Sparkler
This festive bubbly drink has the touch of citrus and the zing of ginger.
You can sip on this traditional holiday glass of cheer without guilt.
Low Carb Holiday Appetizers
Mushrooms Stuffed with Sausage and Mozzarella
This hearty appetizer features mushrooms, which are a super food. Savory sausage and gooey mozzarella add the perfect finishing touch.
You can serve this dip with cut-up veggies or low carb crackers.
Low Carb Holiday Sides
The sweet potato dish of your childhood gets a new low carb twist. Sugar-free syrup and ginger at sweet without carbs.
Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Parmesan
Nutrient-packed Brussels sports are the star of this delicious dish.
Low Carb Holiday Desserts
You may want seconds of this rich and chocolate-y low carb holiday dessert.
Chocolate Pecan Shortbread Drops
These low carb cookies are perfect for any cookie exchange or bring them to your next potluck or office party.
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