Keto for Thanksgiving: Substitutes for Holiday Carbs

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Keto for Thanksgiving: Substitutes for Holiday Carbs

Stay on your keto diet this Thanksgiving! This holiday is a challenge with all its keto-busting carb-loaded mashed potatoes, stuffing, mac and cheese, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie… You could eat enough carbs for a month in one meal – but you don’t have to! Here’s how to stay on the keto diet this Thanksgiving.

Turkey

Turkey has no carbs, but it can be hard to get enough fat if you eat it alone. Opt for dark meat instead of white meat: a four-ounce portion of turkey thigh has 176 calories, with 10g fat and 21g protein, while four ounces of turkey breast has just 4g fat and 25g protein.

Stuffing

We live in a beautiful world – there are keto-friendly stuffing recipes! Here’s a tasty one with Good Dee’s Muffin Mix. Just add your favorite fat, sausage, nuts, and you’re ready to roll.

Gravy

You wouldn’t think it’s a problem – it’s meat juice! What can go wrong? – but most gravy is thickened with wheat flour or corn starch, and those hidden carbs can wreck your diet before you even begin to think about pie. Try out this keto-friendly gravy recipe.

Cranberry Sauce

Conventional cranberry sauce is loaded with sugar, and typically has 25g carbs or more per quarter-cup serving. If you want to eat something besides turkey on your keto T-day, you need an alternative.

Easy: Try this sugar-free raspberry compote instead of cranberries on your bird.

Intermediate: Make your own cranberry sauce with stevia or erythritol. If you don’t add sugar, this recipe from Ocean Spray clocks at 1.5g net carbs per quarter-cup serving (0g Fat, .1g protein, 2.2g carbs, 1.5g net carbs, 8.4 calories).

Keto FunkyMake a sour cream cranberry relish with stevia or erythritol to taste. We calculated that if you leave out the sugar, Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish has 3.1 net carbs per quarter-cup serving (3g fat, .6g protein, 4g carbs, 42 calories). 

Green Bean Casserole

Opt out of the carb-heavy cream of mushroom soup and fried “onions” with this keto-safe Green Bean Casserole with cheddar cheese and bacon.

Mashed Potatoes

This one is easy. Mash riced cauliflower with cream, sour cream, or butter, or a mix of all three – or get your cheese on with these Cheesy Cauliflower Fauxtatoes.

Pie, Pie, and Pie

Want the flavors of Thanksgiving pie in a keto-friendly package? We have three options for you.

Pumpkin Spice Keto Cheesecake is a tasty low-carb keto classic with a crunchy almond flour crust and creamy cheese filling. 

Pecan Pie Fat Bombs – A frozen keto snack perfect for Thanksgiving dessert or snacking made with Legendary Foods Pecan Pie Almond Butter

Apple of My Pie Shake – a keto dessert made with a  Sated vanilla keto shake and Legendary Foods Apple Pie Almond & Cashew Nut Butter

Drinks

For festive beverages, we like Dry Farm WinesTheir wines have just 1g sugar per liter, have low sulfites, and taste delicious. If you’re looking for something alcohol-free, how about a 30 Second Keto-Friendly Pumpkin Spice Latte?

And as a bonus – here are tips on staying on your keto diet at a family Thanksgiving dinner.

Have a tasty keto Thanksgiving!

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  • Elyse Mullins