The holiday season is here… in fact, I’m just a little late in finishing this article after Thanksgiving Day. Only a small part of this planet celebrates Thanksgiving Day, though, but Christmas and Easter are celebrated around the globe.
Alright, so Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and Easter are the family (read: big meal) holidays that I celebrate but I also know that people of different cultures and religions practice different celebrations during this time of year. Many of our holiday dinners are very similar even though there are cultural variations. These variations exist even within the family. One thing that’s common is that there are a LOT of carbs in traditional holiday meals.
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So, What’s For Dinner?
As for me, I like to eat ham twice a year and turkey only once. Ham, in my immediate family, is for Christmas and for Easter while Turkey is exclusively for Thanksgiving. Even as I am diet conscious, I love to sit down at a holiday dinner that has “All the trimmings.” It’s just a beautiful scene for a beautiful moment with my family.
But I’ve made a small list here of some holiday staples that you can confidently consider for the holiday dinner of your choice:
Main Dish – Something Meaty
The main dish is the crown jewel at the holiday dinner table and what’s wonderful about holiday meals is that the main dish is almost always meat! Meat doesn’t have any carbs in it, but what you flavor it with might. Here are a few traditional ideas to place in the center of your table:
- Cornish Hens
- Prime Rib
- Standing Rib Roast
- Pork Tenderloin
- Beef Tenderloin
Any of these are awesome choices! Just watch out for the sweetened marinades and glazes such as honey, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, maple, molasses… you get my point. You haven’t eaten much sugar recently, so you can get by with pieces that have a lot less sweet flavors on them. When you haven’t been eating sugar, your mouth tastes a very small amount of sweet flavorings very easily! Pay attention to your taste alarms!
Sides – These look great on ANY Plate!
Alright, so all of these choices have carbs in them, but they are the veggies that we all need to be eating. Since we’re counting carbs, remember to add these items into your count! If you’re having trouble figuring out how to count carbs, check out this handy carb counter!
- Asparagus (3 stalks wrapped in prosciutto, sprinkled with cheese is awesome)
- Brussels Sprouts
- Green Beans
- Romain Lettuce
- Kale (I personally can’t stand behind this as a tasty choice)
Many of these veggies go great with melted cheese and some others go great after being fried with bacon (Spinach and Kale), but the broccoli and Asparagus go great both ways!
Starches – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Okay, so we’re not having any starches this year, but there is a fantastic look-alike to mashed potatoes that you’ve probably already tried or heard about:
- Riced Cauliflower
Don’t knock it! Sure, it still tastes like cauliflower, but you can treat it differently when it looks like potatoes… you can add butter to it! Eating it this way still gives you the beautiful plate that you’re used to seeing at holiday meals.
Dessert – Topping off a Fantastic Holiday Dinner
Everyone’s done eating. The little plates and fancy forks are making their way to the table.
It’s time for dessert and you’ve done so well getting through this day with very little damage to your new lifestyle. This is the part of holiday meals that you have always dreaded…the part that blows your carb counts so far off the charts that it will take weeks to make up for it.
That’s not going to happen this year!
So, how do we share in this moment in a way that preserves our low-carb lifestyle?
I recently discovered a collection of cookbooks that focuses on low-carb versions of our favorite meals and I realized that I really can enjoy most of my favorite Christmas dinner foods without worrying so much about carbs. What’s more is that the most recent addition to this collection is about Winter treats!
We know that sugary and starchy treats are a no-no and I’m not giving any kind of blessing on eating those, but I’m no saint. I know that I’ll be eating some treats. So instead of feeling like you are left out or feeling like you are punishing yourself, why not bring your own treats that you and your party can enjoy…all while staying on track?
That’s right! You can eat the turkey, you can eat the ham and the green beans, a nice salad and then, this year, you can have dessert!
So forget the candied yams smothered in marshmallows or the Hawaiian sweet rolls (or any rolls). There are a lot of other dinner choices that are low carb. I have provided a few links throughout this article for you to take a look at the “Ditch the Carbs” cookbooks. That’s where you can find some great choices!
While the Ditch The Carbs series of cookbooks is not focused on holiday meals, there are plenty of choices within these books that will help you get through any holiday with healthful low-carb food choices.
While there are several Ditch The Carbs cookbooks, you don’t have to buy the whole set. This company allows you to pick and choose which ones you want. I will tell you though, that they do have sets available that come at a much better discount!
What’s more? Even though I am late in writing this article to tell you about these books, you can still get the cookbooks INSTANTLY because you have the option to get them delivered electronically! Right to your email box.
Throughout this article, I have share links to all of the books, but to stay on the subject of holiday treats, here’s the cookbook that I’m writing about today.
21 Low-Carb Sweet treats – perfect for winter parties
If you are attending a sort of pot luck (Where people bring their own dishes) this cook book is an awesome tool to help you out in bringing something that everyone will love and something that you can enjoy, guilt-free.
21 delicious low-carb recipes including:
10 Baked Desserts
8 Sweet Treats
That covers all the sweets you’ll need to make it through the holiday season without having to shop for bigger clothes.
Currently, the Sweet Treats cookbook is only available at the author’s website, DitchTheCarbs.com, but the following items are also available on Amazon:
Folks, the Ditch the Carbs – One Meal at a Time series of books is a comprehensive set that includes recipes for low-carb lunches, family dinners, recipes for beginners, holiday treats, meal planner, carb counter and more great advice!.
The beginner’s guide is an invaluable tool because it provides sample meal plans for you to learn how you can build full meals that are low in carbs.
The author also promotes gluten free eating, so these cookbooks can benefit you in other ways, as well!
It’s not too late! You can still plan for a great low-carb holiday dinner and make it happen.
Click one of the cookbook links on this page or check out the whole set. I know there’s something you can really use there at a fantastic price!