Your Low Carb Food List for the Holidays
With the holidays drawing near, you are probably worrying about what you will be able to eat during all of your festive celebrations with family and friends. The answer is quite a lot of tasty foods provided that you plan ahead.
The first part of your planning will be determined by which phase of your chosen low carb diet you are on, such as Atkins or Dukan. Phase 1 of Atkins, Induction, allows only 20 to 22 grams of net carbs each day, with 15 of those grams coming from salads and vegetables. If you are on Phase 2, Balancing, you are allowed to increase your intake by 5 grams a week for your daily allowance, so you may be permitted 25, 30, 35, up to 60 grams of carbs per day depending on what point you are at in this phase.
Keeping a food diary and research notebook can then help you plan out your meals for the holidays. Look up the net carb of your favorite foods or common ingredients you use in your cooking. Research low carb recipes online, especially low carb makeover recipes of your family favorites.
On the Induction Phase, the only real forbidden foods are highly processed grains and sweets, and fruit. Once you are on Balancing, you can include fruit, which makes an ideal all-natural dessert. If you can’t resist little nibbles of something sweet during the holidays, try some festively-colored red raspberries or strawberries. One-quarter cup has only 3 and 5 grams of carbs respectively. Use the Atkins worksheet about the carb counts of popular fruits and veggies as a shortcut to your meal planning.
All holidays seem to involve some sort of special meal at your home or that of a family member. Looking over your social calendar can also help you draw up your low carb food list for the holidays. If you are cooking at home, you are in charge of what everyone will eat, and not eat. You can make an entire low carb meal of several courses once you learn how.
If you are attending a family gathering, party or potluck, you can keep some control by bringing 1 or 2 low carb dishes as your contribution to the feast. Chances are they will be so delicious that no one will ever miss the carbs.
Many families have traditions associated with their holiday meals, foods and recipes that no celebration seems complete without. You don’t have to deprive yourself, but you do need to plan ahead. A roast turkey is low in carbs, for example, but the side dishes that most people expect to go with it are not. Look up low carb versions of your favorites, such as mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole. Add any special ingredients to your low carb holiday food list.
And don’t forget dessert. You can still enjoy desserts on any Phase of Atkins except Induction. Look up wheat-free, gluten-free and flourless recipes to discover a range of options your guests will love. Add them to your food list and you will soon be able to cook a range of low carb meals that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters.