It might feel like temptation is everywhere: the chocolates, the candies, and the rich dishes and desserts. But don’t worry! Eating low-carb at Thanksgiving is completely possible—it just takes some planning and reminding yourself of your convictions.
Here are some tips for sticking with your low-carb lifestyle during Thanksgiving, plus some of the best keto recipes to bring.
1. Plan ahead with meals and snacks
Speak with your relatives ahead of time to know the Thanksgiving menu plan. See if you can bring some keto Thanksgiving-friendly dishes or low carb side dishes to enjoy and share.
Here are some easy Thanksgiving recipes, including keto Thanksgiving lunch ideas, dinner ideas, or Thanksgiving appetizers that will work as main meals or side dishes:
- Keto turkey dishes like Rosemary and Mustard Crusted Baked turkey
- Detox Cauliflower Mash
- Keto Broccoli Cheese Bites
- Lemony Roasted Asparagus
- Keto Green Beans
- Keto Bread
- Rosemary Almond Keto Crackers
- Baked Avocado Eggs
- Keto Sausage Meatballs
Be sure to also pack plenty of healthy keto snacks in case things don’t go as planned or you need some extra nourishment.
2. Bring your own healthy, keto desserts
While some meals and side dishes can be low-carb-friendly, all normal Thanksgiving desserts are full of sugars and not healthy at all. Share the low-carb love by bringing your own!
If you don’t have time to make or bring a keto dessert, simply enjoy a keto-friendly drink like a Breakfast Chai Tea or coffee with MCT Oil Powder and a healthy sugar substitute during dessert time.
3. Focus on healthy fat and take exogenous ketones
Staying in ketosis will make any cravings more manageable (or even prevent them completely), so:
- Eat something rich in keto fats anytime you want carb- and sugar-rich foods. The high fat content will help you stay satisfied and avoid eating out of hunger. Olive oil, avocado oil, nuts, and some ghee or grass fed butter and MCT oil are healthy fats.
- Try your best to stay within 20 net grams of carbs per day to maintain ketosis.
- Bring some Instant Ketones with you. They’ll provide your body with more ketones to use for energy.
4. Ask for guidance and remember the reason for the season
Remember the focus of the Thanksgiving season: thanks and appreciation for family, fellowship, and worship—and for good healthy food. Pray for assistance in resisting temptation. Ask for guidance in navigating Thanksgiving with a servant’s heart, one that lovingly presents your healthy lifestyle to others.
Before the day starts, visualize yourself saying “no” to any desserts or other non-keto foods.
Lastly, give thanks for the abundance before you while spending time with your family or friends. With this mindset, you won’t feel like you’re missing a thing!