Staying keto and keeping track while you’re around grandma’s cookies and mom’s holiday casseroles during the holidays isn’t easy, but we have a few tips to help you! First of all, this goes without saying… if you want to take a bite of something or go off keto completely for a holiday meal, do it and don’t feel guilty for one jolly second.
It’s not about creating an unhealthy relationship with carbs and thinking they are evil… it’s about sticking to a lifestyle that makes you feel good year-round. If you want to keep it strict keto, we’re here to help and want to give you the tools you need to enjoy the holidays without all the carbs on your plate.
- Ask what you can bring to a holiday meal or party! Offer to make a dessert or appetizer that everyone will love. Try this Easy Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Dip with our Original Keto Crackers or maybe a colorful charcuterie board for everyone to share. You can bring non-keto chips or pretzels along with some Keto Crackers and watch everyone fall in love with each bite, all while not realizing it’s totally low-carb and keto.
- Stay hydrated and go easy on the boozy drinks. Make sure you’re drinking water all day long and not just at a gathering. Before your meal, drink a tall glass of water. Add a few frozen berries for a little flavor and holiday pizzaz. Water can not only keep you hydrated, but it can fill you up and fight inflammation, too. Choose carbonated water with a lime or a couple of berries, and if you want some alcohol choose whiskey, gin, tequila, rum or vodka. Mix it with a flavored bubble water or drink it straight — just be careful with adding any sugary mixes to it.
- Focus on what you CAN have rather than what you CAN’T have or wish to avoid. Your mindset alone is most of the battle.
- Have a plan. Know what you want to eat and what you want to avoid. Go for the veggies like Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower, lots of protein like turkey (be careful with the ham if it’s covered in sugar) and look for any healthy fats you can find. If you know someone is going to make something that uses breadcrumbs, offer to send or bring them a keto breadcrumb option that everyone will love. If you know there will be mashed potatoes or bread that you simply cannot resist, offer to bring some low-carb mashed cauliflower for everyone or just a small amount for yourself and BYOB, duh! Bring Your Own Bread!
- Enjoy the holidays! Being stressed out can impact your health way more than a piece of grandma’s chocolate cake or a couple of your aunt’s cookies. If you decide to indulge a little during the holidays, that’s okay. Just have a plan for the days after, staying on track and getting back to eating the way that makes you feel the absolute best inside and out.
Whatever you do and whatever you decide to eat, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays.