20 Keto-Friendly Recipes for Christmas Dinner

Maressa Brown | Dec 17, 2018 Food & Party

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One of the most popular, buzzworthy diets of 2018 has been, hands down, the ketogenic -- or keto -- diet. But the fact of the matter is that the keto-style of eating has been around for 100 years to treat drug-resistant epilepsy, especially in children. And in the 1970s, Dr. Atkin's program included two weeks of a strict ketogenic protocol. For those unfamiliar with the diet, the plan involves significantly reducing carbohydrates and focusing on eating good fats and protein to convince cells in the body to stop using blood sugar from carbs as the body's primary source of energy and instead break down stored fat. When a person following the keto diet is able to flip this switch, they are "in ketosis."

Harvard Health notes that to get the body into ketosis takes about two to four days of eating fewer than 20 to 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. Instead of foods with carbohydrates, people following the diet eat meats, eggs, cheeses, fish, nuts, butter, oils, seeds, and fibrous vegetables. 

Being able to eat all of these foods means the keto-faithful are able to enjoy very merry, satisfying holiday dishes that may look exactly as they did before following the diet (think lamb chops seasoned with rosemary and garlic) or that may be similar with a tweak (think scalloped turnips instead of potatoes). Even dinner rolls don't have to be off the table completely, because it's possible to make keto-friendly bread with the right ingredients. 

That said, if one or more guests at Christmas dinner are restricting their carbs and doing their best to stay in ketosis through the holiday season, there are plenty of recipes to choose from. Here are 20 low-carb, sugar-free, and absolutely keto-friendly Christmas dinner options. 

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