It’s never the main dish. When it comes to Keto Holiday Eating, the main dish is usually just fine. A turkey, ham, prime rib, or other meat is low in carbohydrates and won’t knock you out of the Keto Zone. It’s all the others. The snacks, appetizer, side dishes, desserts, and drinks. If you want to stay in the Keto Zone® this year, it’s time to make Keto Holiday Food Swaps.
You’re in luck! This Ultimate Keto Holiday Food Swap Guide is the perfect place to find every recipe you’ll need. We have snacks, appetizers, sides, drinks, desserts, and more. You don’t have to look further. This guide has you covered.
Ultimate Keto Holiday Food Swaps
1. Christmas Fudge
To start, one serving of regular fudge is just one square inch. Just one tiny piece. It contains 90 calories and 18 grams of sugary carbohydrates, almost an entire days-worth on keto! Here’s a better option and full recipe with just 2 grams of net carbs.
Keto Hazelnut Fudge:
- 3 1/2 cups organic 100% dark chocolate, chips or chopped
- 1 cup organic coconut milk
- 1 scoop Keto Zone® MCT Oil Powder – Eggnog Flavor
- 1 cup toasted hazelnuts
- 2 tablespoons keto sweetener or equivalent stevia
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon organic cinnamon powder
- 1/2 teaspoon organic star anise powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Heat coconut milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Once the coconut milk begins to simmer, add in the dark chocolate and turn heat down to low.
- Continue to heat and stir, until chocolate is melted and ingredients are well combined.
- Once melted, remove the mixture from heat and add in the remaining ingredients until all ingredients are well incorporated.
- Pour mixture into a parchment-lined (or well-greased) loaf pan, and freeze for about 2 hours.
- Remove from the freezer and use a sharp knife to carefully cut fudge into 12 pieces. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition info (per piece): 160 calories, 15 grams fat, 2 grams net carbs (4 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber), 2 grams protein
2. Cranberry Jam
Cranberries are on the top of the list when it comes to low-carb, high-antioxidant, nutritious keto-friendly fruits. Then, we dump cups of sugar on it to make Holiday Cranberry Jam – this doesn’t work in the Keto Zone! Just a small portion will kick you out of the Keto Zone in no time. This year, keep the cranberries coming and try our 4-Ingredient Whole-Berry Keto Zone Cranberry Chia Jam. Buy extra and make this favorite, with only 0.4 grams of net carbs, year-round. It’s delish!
3. Yule Log Cheese Appetizer
Did you know most commercial cheese “yule logs” contain preservatives like sodium phosphate and sodium alginate, modified foods starch, colorings, and more? Instead of consuming these processed ingredients, deconstruct it and serve a beautiful charcuterie board instead. Try cheese slices, nuts, keto crackers, and olives. Set them out in a beautiful arrangement and you’ll never need a commercial yule log again!
4. Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a Holiday favorite, for good reason. They are a nostalgic comfort food that has deep roots in traditional feasts. However, they are loaded with carbohydrates! Instead, stay in the Keto Zone with Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes.” Not only do they limit the carbs to 2 grams net, they offer tons of nutrients that are great for your body. Cauliflower Cauliflower supports digestive health, brain health, strong bones, and more (1)!
5. Christmas Cookies
There’s a certain kind of nostalgia that accompanies the making, cookie-cutting, and enjoyment of Christmas Cookies. But, if you’re trying desperately to stay on track and in the Keto Zone through the Holidays, Christmas Cookies can be a downfall.
Instead of succumbing to a high-sugar cookie, make one of the best Keto Holiday Favorites around: Keto -Friendly Frosted Christmas Cookies! You won’t believe how great they taste at only 1 gram of net carbs! They take a bit of work, but they are worth it.
What are the Holidays without a little eggnog? What a treat! However, if you stick to conventional eggnog, you’ll drown yourself in more than 30 grams of sugar and carbohydrates, artificial flavors, and harmful fats. Keto Zone Eggnog on the other hand, contains only 7 grams of net carbs, whole food spices, and other nourishing ingredients! Try it today!
7. Green Bean Casserole
Traditional green bean casserole may be warm and comforting, but that comfort comes at a price: highly processed “cream” soups laden with harmful fats, high-carbohydrate ingredients, and processed chemicals.
Instead, try this delicious, fresh green bean casserole for only 4 grams of net carbs. It’s flavorful, low-carb, contains good fiber, is easy on digestion, and uses healthy fats. And did I mention it contains bacon?
8. Hot Chocolate
You could just drink empty calories and sugar this Holiday Season. Or, you can nourish your body, support joint health, fight free radicals, and reduce inflammation with Keto Zone Hot Chocolate! This deliciously spicy recipe is loaded with great ingredients. What’s more, it only contains 1 gram of net carbs!
9. Dips for Snackin’
Most traditional dips are made with conventional mayonnaise. The issue? Most mayo is primarily soybean oil; a cheap oil that increases inflammation and degrades health! It is extremely high in omega-6s, which compete in the body with omega-3s. It is associated with metabolic disorders (2), detrimental levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (3), and increases in inflammation (4). In addition, preservatives come with their own health concerns. Instead, try making your own dips and using avocados (or avocado mayo).
Our Spicy Ginger Dip is a great alternative. Not only will you avoid harmful ingredients, you will promote health with ginger!
9. Peppermint Mocha
Did you know the peppermint mocha at your local coffee house likely contains more than 50 grams of sugar? That’s almost ¼ of a cup, in one drink.
This is no way to spend your Holidays! You can have great drinks, treats, and great health. This year, make our Keto Zone Peppermint Mocha. It contains nourishing Keto Zone® Collagen Powder (Chocolate Flavor) and Keto Zone® MCT Oil Powder (Vanilla). Be determined to stay the course through the end of the year and don’t sabotage your health with sugar!
If your normal Holiday appetizers are fried, sweet, or include bread, they will likely kick you right out of the Keto Zone. But, you can make a wiser choice. We have appetizer recipes that not only keep you in the Keto Zone, but taste delicious as well.
In fact, we have Bacon-Wrapped Brussel Sprouts, Kebabs, and Smoked Salmon appetizers that are easy to make and will please any crowd. Don’t settle for bread. Instead, lose the carbs and keep amazing flavor with Keto Zone Appetizers.
12. Decadent Keto Chocolate Cake
Take any meal to the next level by finishing with this Decadent Keto Chocolate Cake. IBelieve it or not, it contains less than 3 grams of net carbs per serving! With its delicious chocolate flavor, you’ll never believe it’s good for you.
Bonus: Lifestyle & Nutrition Swap
You have the opportunity to swap out poor food choices, unhealth, and fatigue year round! There’s no better time than now. If you’re ready to live in the Keto Zone, flood your body with nutrients each day, meet your weight gains, and promote health throughout your body, get your hands on all things Keto Zone. Try:
You won’t miss a thing with our Ultimate Keto Holiday Food Swaps! Eat delicious foods, enjoy the festivities, and stay right in the Keto Zone. Take it a step further: Get everything you need to stay in the Keto Zone year round. Make this your Holidays, and your year, for great health!