Our Keto Nutritionist Shares How to Win at Company Potlucks, Cookie Exchanges, & Christmas
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Are you ready for the holidays?
Our keto nutritionist is here to help you with everything from potlucks to cookie exchanges – and even Christmas stress, whether you’re decking those halls or worried about fa-la-la-falling off the keto wagon. Please remember: we’re not doctors, so if you have any specific health questions, please consult with your trusted medical partner.
Is it okay to take a keto food to the company potluck?
YES! As far as dishes that require substitutions (sugar and flour replacements), I would advise testing recipes like our Fat Head pizza prior to the event to make sure it comes out OK.
That said, I’ve made several delicious keto-friendly dishes that even non-keto people have loved that are a part of holiday dishes that are naturally keto-friendly, like:
- Roasted vegetables
- Slow cooker wings
- Vegetable trays
- Meat and cheese platters
- Antipasto trays
- Roasted, seasoned nuts
These are common foods we eat all the time at holiday events and would be great options to serve.
How do I participate in a cookie exchange when I’m keto?
Probably the easiest option would be to go with it! Remember that exchanging cookies doesn’t mean you have to actually eat them.
However, there are keto-friendly cookie recipes and options to try out! These are fantastic and many people wouldn’t even know they are keto-friendly:
- Keto Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 3-Ingredient Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies
- Christmas Crack
- Keto “Christmas Crack” Pecan Toffee
- Sugar-Free Keto Chocolate Bark, Three Ways (Almond Joy, Orange Hazelnut, & Peppermint)
- Sugar-Free Keto Roasted Spiced Almonds
As for what you receive, just let go and either enjoy a small bite or accept thankfully and pass the cookies on to non-keto family and friends.
Christmas stress is awful! Got any tips for staying on plan?
There are several ways to approach the holidays while living and maintaining a keto lifestyle – and without putting on the extra holiday weight people sometimes talk about.
First, know the average holiday weight gain is much less than most people think, which is really only close to one pound. However, weight gain tends to be sticky. This means it’s more difficult to lose excess weight and keep it off (as opposed to putting it on).
The best approach is going into the holidays with good health habits like exercise, sleep, nutrition, and stress management techniques like meditation. And then, of course, continuing these habits afterward.
Personally, I sometimes choose to go off-plan on the day of the event or holiday with the understanding that it is just for one day, and the expectation to get right back on plan the very next. If you plan to stay keto on the day of the holidays, here’s an article that will give you some ideas and different ways to take on the holidays keto-style: How To Stay Keto for Thanksgiving and Christmas – Tips For Success!
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Tara Finnerty RDN, CSP, CD—is a ketogenic specialist and fat-fueled enthusiast. Tara is a registered dietitian in Utah and owner of Sugar House Nutrition LLC. Her aim is to provide nutrition support for people wanting to reap the many health benefits of the ketogenic (keto) diet. Her expertise in the keto diet was initially working with children who have uncontrolled epilepsy. Tara supports nutrition diversity and works toward helping people find an individualized approach to make healthy eating sustainable.