If you’re following the keto diet this Turkey Day, you don’t have to cheat to enjoy most of your favorite Thanksgiving foods. Many of them are completely keto-friendly, while most of the others require only simple changes.
Turkey Day without turkey would be a sad holiday indeed. Great news for ketogenic (keto) dieters: Turkey is entirely keto-friendly. Spice rubs and marinades are also typically keto-friendly. Just avoid any that use sugar or flour. “If you reach for turkey, grab a leg instead of a breast, since dark meat is higher in fat,” recommends Lindsey Bristol, MS, RD, of Swanson Health. Check out the 10 unexpected health benefits of the keto diet.
While guests gather, keep them occupied with snacks and bites that happen to be keto-friendly, too. A charcuterie board, complete with meat, cheeses, olives, and pickles, is a great option for everyone. You can also pare down to a simple cheese board with crackers for them and vegetables for you. “A charcuterie board or cheese board with some crudités and dip are great choices for appetizers,” says Diane Sanfilippo, a certified nutrition consultant and author of the upcoming Keto Quick Start cookbook. “Stuffed mushrooms made with pesto and mozzarella instead of breading are a great choice as well.”
You may be considering a soup course with butternut squash soup, but Anna Cabeca, MD, a keto-alkaline and keto-green expert, recommends swapping that higher-carb option for a “great pumpkin soup that is very alkalizing and low in carbs.” Dr. Cabeca says, “For this soup, you can add curry powder and crushed black pepper and mix it in with some beef or bone broth, and that’s perfect.” If you’re bringing a dish to the meal, you may want to cook one of these keto diet recipes that are so good, you’ll forget you’re on a diet.