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A Merry Guide to a Low Carb Christmas


Written by Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc. on December 21, 2023.

Scientifically reviewed by

Jonathan Clinthorne, PhD Human Nutrition


December 21, 2023

While traditional holiday feasts are laden with carbs, having a low carb Christmas doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the fun or festive flavors. You can still enjoy all the holiday cheer without the carb overload. Here’s how to deck the halls and your dining table the low carb way. If you’re not hosting, you can apply these tips for making smart low carb choices at any holiday gathering or as inspiration for dishes to bring to a holiday potluck.

The Appetizers: Veggie Wonderland

Create a winter wonderland on your appetizer table with fresh vegetables. Think colorful bell pepper slices, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, broccoli and cauliflower florets, radishes or jicama served with creamy, herby ranch, zesty aioli, luscious Green Goddess dip or warm spinach-artichoke dip. Use a clear glass platter and arrange your veggies like a Christmas tree or wreath for a festive touch.

The Main Course: Low Carb Feast

For the centerpiece of your Christmas dinner, roast a succulent turkey, a juicy ham or even a prime rib. These protein-rich mains are naturally low in carbs and high in flavor. Pair them with low carb sides like roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon, cauliflower-leek puree, savory sausage-sage stuffing and no-sugar tangy cran-raspberry sauce.

The Drinks: Jolly Good Spirits

Toast to good health with low carb drink options. Offer a variety of sugar-free sodas, flavored seltzer and sparkling water for a bubbly fix. Dry wines, light beers, and spirits mixed with sparking water or sugar-free tonic are great options. Keep it easy with a signature cocktail you can make in advance, like Winter Sangria. Don’t forget to add a festive garnish like rosemary sprigs or frozen cranberries. You can also offer mocktails like a Cranberry Ginger Sparkler Mocktail or Low Carb Frozen Winter Wonderland Mocktail

The Dessert: Sweet Endings

Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it, too? Just check out our low carb holiday baking guide for tips and recipes.

The Gifts: Thoughtful and Carb Conscious

When gifting, think beyond sweet treats. Consider low carb cookbooks, kitchen gadgets like a spiralizer or an air fryer or a basket filled with artisanal cheeses and cured meats. You can use our Low Carb Holiday Gift Guide as your inspiration!

The Fun: Keep it Moving

Plan some sweat-inducing fun like a snowball fight, ice skating or a dance-off to your favorite Christmas tunes. Games and activities that get you moving will bring on laughter and balance out any dietary indulgences.

Make the most of the holidays this year and focus on the love, joy and laughter of the season, setting the stage for a healthy start to the new year.



Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc.

Vice President of Nutrition & Education

Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc. is a former Director of Nutrition at The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine in New York City. With 20+ years of experience as a nutrition expert, the NY Times best-selling author is the current Vice President of Nutrition & Education at Simply Good Foods Company.

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