20 Keto-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Megan Zander | Oct 16, 2018 Food & Party
20 Keto-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes
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Keto Thanksgiving Recipes
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The keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat eating plan that causes the body to go into a metabolic state called ketosis. Fans of the diet say it's fantastic for losing weight and for other health benefits, like lowering blood sugar and treating epilepsy. But while it's effective, keto can also be hard to stick to, especially during the holidays. Even one or two carb-heavy meals could be enough to end the ketosis and slow weight loss. 

Trying to stick to a healthy eating plan at Thanksgiving is always a challenge. Trying to stay true to a keto lifestyle while enjoying a holiday where comfort food is the star may seem impossible (unless a plate full of roast turkey sounds like the perfect meal). But it turns out having an amazing Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings while sticking to a keto diet is totally possible.

Bread or potatoes may not be staples of the keto diet, but seeing as how butter, cheese, and bacon are totally allowed, those carbs won't even be missed on Thanksgiving. Instead, that juicy turkey can share a plate with delicious sides like bacon-wrapped Brussels sprouts, cheesy-melty mashed cauliflower, and keto-friendly stuffing (yes, stuffing!). There are plenty of keto-friendly dessert options too, like pumpkin cheesecake balls or pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

Because Thanksgiving is one of the few times a year when most, if not all, appetizers, side dishes, and desserts are made from scratch, it's the perfect excuse to make sure that whatever ends up on the table is mouth-watering, while still sticking to the rules of keto. Here are 20 recipes to get started on planning the perfect Thanksgiving feast that won't total blow a keto diet. We promise, these dishes are so yummy, even guests who don't follow keto won't notice a difference. 

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