My Low-Carb Thanksgiving Day | Atkins

Colette's Blog

November 23, 2016

Every year, I love to share tips about how to have a low-carb Thanksgiving. This year, I thought I’d show you how I apply these tips during my own Thanksgiving celebration: 

Start with breakfast. This year, I’m going to try the Garden Frittata. When I start the day with a hearty egg breakfast, I satisfy my hunger and taste buds. Even better, this frittata can be heated up later or the next day for breakfast again or as a protein-packed snack. 

Prep first and then get some exercise. Whether I’m expecting guests or visiting family, I’ll do the prep work for the dishes that I’m bringing or serving while I’m sipping on my coffee. I may also set the table and set out all the serving dishes I’ll need later. Then it’s time to take a break and go for a brisk walk. 

Sip on soup. This Butternut Squash Soup looks delicious, and hopefully I’ll have time to whip it up the day before so I can have a cup or a bowl ready to go when it’s time for a snack. I may have a couple of slices of leftover chicken on the side or some cut-up veggies, dip and a handful of almonds.

 Hydrate! This is key, especially this time of the year when it’s colder and drier. I sip on water throughout the day, plus it also helps me control my appetite. If I’m hosting Thanksgiving, I’ll fill pitchers of water with slices of lemons and lime to have ready for my guests.

Relax and enjoy a small bite. While the food cooks, it’s time to relax, socialize and nibble on a few low-carb appetizers while the delicious smells of ham or turkey fill the house—veggies and dip, almonds, a relish platter with pickles and olives and slices of meat and cheese are simple and delicious to serve, and they won’t ruin my appetite for the main course.

 Bring on the main course. In addition to the star of the show—ham or turkey—Cauliflower Leek Puree, Sweet Potato-Pumpkin Puree and Roasted Green Beans are all delicious low-carb side dishes that will complete my Thanksgiving meal.

 Give thanks for low-carb dessert! These Low-Carb Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake Tartlets hit the spot.

 Take a walk. I suggest letting the dirty dishes wait, gather the crowd and go for a walk to work off that delicious dinner.

 I hope you all have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving, and I’d love to hear your favorite low-carb Thanksgiving tips and recipes. 

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