Holiday Outlook & Keto Recipe Ideas

Staying on track during the holidays

It’s been said that the average American consumes a whopping 4,500 calories during the tradition Thanksgiving meal alone. I used to give myself a “holiday pass”, to eat whatever I wanted, in the name of “tradition”.  I now realize that those choices would eventually spill over to days, weeks, even years of poor eating. The key to success for me is consistency, and being prepared with keto friendly options.

This year I will definitely be giving thanks for the opportunity to turn my life and health around. I truly can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to push forward through the holidays and into this new year, with a new outlook, a new sense of confidence, and the most amazing support system.

From my family to yours, Happy Holidays!


Below are some foods ideas and recipes to help make your holiday more keto friendly! I highly recommend to plan/bring keto friendly recipes/dishes with you to parties, social gatherings and family meals! Having the proper foods at your fingertips will be key in sticking to your goals though the holidays!

Keto Appetizers:

Bacon Deviled Eggs

Meat and cheese assortment

Stuffed mushrooms

Low-carb jalapeño poppers 

Spinach and Artichoke Dip 

Pork Rinds/ Cheese Crips with dip

Assorted Nuts

Keto Protein:

Turkey, Chicken, Ham (Watch out for sugary glazes), Tofu, Pork, Beef/Veal, Lamb, Seafood, etc.

Keto Side Options:

Twice Baked Cauliflower Casserole

Lazy Keto’s Cauliflower Mash

Green Bean Casserole 

Brussel Sprouts (with garlic & bacon)

Creamed or sautéed spinach

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

Low Carb Stuffing

Zucchini /Artichoke/ Squash

Keto Desserts:

Low-carb Cheesecake

Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake

Carmel Apple Mug Cake

Chocolate Brownie Mug Cake

Keto Ice Cream (Butter Pecan)

Low Carb Pumpkin Slab Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Holiday Drinks:

Keto Eggnog

Low Carb Hot Chocolate 

Alcoholic Drinks (Carb breakdown and info here)

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  • Reply
    November 23, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    What a great post! I’m already starting to slide due to thanksgiving party last week at my work. I thought I’d give myself one day which has now turned into many. Your options list many options where I won’t feel deprived. I hate to admit it but abstain completely tends to work best for me

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      November 23, 2015 at 11:52 pm

      Thank you so much. It’s so great that you are aware of how quickly “one bad meal” can turn badly. I had to learn that very same thing the hard way many, many times. Alternatives really make this lifestyle much more livable! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    November 24, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these recipes! I’m kind of dreading our holiday season – amazing how much we attribute food to comfort and tradition. My in-laws aren’t really willing to compromise their traditional meals to appease me (it’s their turn to have us this year), so this just means I’ll be whipping up a few side dishes of my own and adding them to the mix. Now if I could only find a low-carb rendition for stuffing!

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      November 25, 2015 at 7:29 am

      Thank you! I actually know of a low carb stuffing recipe, I’ll add it to the list by tomorrow!

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    Marla Kelley
    November 29, 2015 at 1:32 am

    I would love to get all your recipes

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    January 16, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for the mention, Suzanne! Love your site. Keep up the great work.

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      January 18, 2016 at 4:10 am

      Thank you!

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      January 18, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Of course, Dominic! Thank you!

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    Yesenia Garcia
    October 11, 2017 at 4:07 am

    I’m testarting Keto today and looking forward to making your recipes!

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    October 12, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Your recipes look amazing!

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    October 12, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Your recipes look amazing!

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    Carissa S
    October 22, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Can’t wait to try all of these during the holiday! Will be helpful to stay on track!

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    January 27, 2018 at 6:33 am

    Very helpful. Thanks for sharing…

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    fitoru fitness
    January 20, 2020 at 3:16 am

    Keto diet is such a powerful tool! Besides weight loss, I have energy all day long and I can focus better on the things I have to do! Thanks for sharing this great article.

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