By Kristy Alpert
Tis’ the season for cookie swaps, ugly sweater parties, and other joyful gatherings with friends. It’s also the season of sugar-laden party trays, decadent holiday treats, and starchy side dishes, all artfully adorned.
It’s easy to overindulge this time of year, but indulging in the merriment of the holidays doesn’t have to mean giving up your keto ways.
Keto-friendly holiday dishes can be just as satisfying and, are just as indulgent as their traditional counterparts, especially when they include the creamy, buttery taste of fresh avocados. Avocados from Mexico are always in season, and these festive fruits add a satisfying taste and the perfect low-carb (only 4 grams in 1/3 of a medium avocado) punch to any healthy holiday celebration or dinner party.
Celebrate the holidays without losing sight of your health goals with keto-friendly avocado appetizers like these easy-to-make avocado, mozzarella, and tomato skewers. Not only can this simple recipe be assembled in a matter of minutes, but the red, green, and snowball-like shapes add some festive flair to your holiday table.
Another option: Put stuffed mushrooms back on your list of approved dishes by ditching the traditional breadcrumb fillings and serving low-carb stuffed mushroom bites flavorfully enhanced with avocados and spinach instead.
Side dishes bring flavor and variety to any holiday meal, and show-stopping recipes like this keto-friendly avocado, asparagus, artichoke, and hearts of palm salad or this roasted green bean medley with avocado vinaigrette are sure to become table traditions.
A low-carb main course can be far more appealing than you’d expect. Need convincing? Imagine Serrano chiles and finely diced avocados adding a kick of keto goodness to fork-tender spare ribs and poached chicken with pistachio sauce.
Keto-friendly desserts, like these fudgy “fat bombs”, often use avocados as the secret ingredient for their creamy texture, but there are also plenty of lighter ways to add the benefits of avocados into traditional Christmas treats. Try substituting stevia for the sugar in this recipe and omit the rum for an avocado eggnog that will warm and nourish you from the inside out.