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Atkins Pantry Food Products – Crackers, Cereal, Pasta & More

Explore the Atkins Pantry Line of Food Products

Years ago, low carb diets graduated from fad to mainstay to become a global phenomenon. At the forefront of this food and beverage movement continues to be the Atkins brand, and they continue to be synonymous with low carb healthy living.

Atkins is a diet that limits one’s intake of sugar and carbohydrates instead of simple calorie counting. Started by a respected cardiologist, Dr. Robert Atkins, who found that too many diets were focused on low calories, which only served to create erratic sugar levels and to increase one’s appetites. This diet has helped millions of people lose weight and keep it off without sacrificing their energy or other areas of their health. One of the reasons for its popularity is that it allows people to eat as much protein and fat as they want. The only stipulation is to avoid foods and drinks that are high in carbs.

The Atkins diet breaks down into the following phases:

  • Phase 1 (Induction)
    • Ingest less than 20 grams of carbs per day for two weeks.
  • Phase 2 (Balancing)
    • After your initial weight loss, slowly add more low carb items (nuts, vegetables and fruit) to your diet.
  • Phase 3 (Fine-tuning)
    • As you approach your desired weight, you can begin adding more carbs to your diet.
  • Phase 4 (Maintenance)
    • During the last phase, you can start to enjoy healthy carbs again. Weight gain should be minimal or non-existent.

To commit to the Atkins diet, you will want to make sure that your pantry is full of low carb treats. This way, you won’t find yourself reaching for that unhealthy bag of potato chips during those weak moments of temptation. The idea isn’t to go without or to be left wanting. It’s about finding delicious substitutes that are low carb.

Don’t worry! We’re here to help ease the transition and make sure you stay on track. The Low Carb Grocery offers an inventory of Atkins products for your pantry. Let’s look at some of these wonderful products and a few delicious recipes that you can add them to.


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Products for your Pantry

We carry a wide range of Atkins Pantry Food Products, including:

Fibre Crackers

These crackers are low carb but high in fiber and protein. For fans of simple food that tastes amazing, these crackers contain only three ingredients: wheat bran, rye flour and salt.  As part of the Atkins diet, a serving of three crackers contains under 10g of carbs, which is really great.

Enjoy with your favourite toppings but remember to not undermine the low carb. We’d recommend the Wild Garden Jalapeno Hummus Dip or Walden Farms Bacon Dip.

Crunchy Muesli with Stevia Extract

The perfect low carb breakfast that will start your day off right. This crunchy and sweet cereal offers 60% less carbs than other brands of muesli. It’s a great source of fibre and protein without most of the sugar found in similar products.

A lot of people confuse muesli and granola but there is a difference. Both are typically made of grains, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and some spice or seasoning (cinnamon, salt, rosemary, etc.). The difference lies in that muesli is unbaked whereas granola is baked often in an oil to make sure the ingredients mix and mingle.

Crispbread

Atkins Crispbread is crispy, crunchy and contains only half the carbs of most crispbreads. Enjoy with your favourite dips and spreads. These crispbreads are a great snack to put out for guests or as part of an appetizer.

Penne Pasta

Pasta has become the poster boy for the evils of carbs, which is unfortunate and unfair. Everyone should be allowed to dig into a hearty plate of delicious pasta. With Atkins, you can create penne dishes with 70% less carbs. In addition, for every 85g of dry pasta there is 20g of protein and 43g of pea protein. A perfect ingredient for vegetarians who are looking to spike their diet with more protein.

Healthy Low Carb Recipes

The best way to adhere to an Atkins diet is to replace high carb ingredients with Atkins products. Here are some of our favourite recipes where you can easily swap in an Atkins Pantry Food Products, which can be purchased from our store.

Penne Pasta in Pesto Cream Sauce

This recipe calls for a low carb pasta in a creamy pesto sauce made from basil and pine nuts. Shrimp is the typical protein but feel free to use chicken, steak or different types of seafood like mussels, clams or even lobster.

With shrimp, a serving of this dish has 2.5g of carbs. Keep in mind, though, the protein you choose could impact the dish’s nutrition and the amount of carbs.

Parmesan Breaded Pork Chops 

A perfect recipe for fans of pork chops. It’s simple to make and by replacing traditional breading with Atkins Fibre Crackers, you can make it crunchier without overwhelming the savoury and salty flavour of parmesan.

This is a hearty dinner that your family and friends will love. Best of all, with one simple ingredient modification it can fit your low carb diet.

Macaroni and Cheese

A great tip is to take your favourite macaroni and cheese recipe and replace the bread crumb topping with crumbled Atkins Fibre Crackers. Some recipes even call for white bread to be used instead of breadcrumbs. If you’ve avoided those recipes because of the carbs, then you’re in luck. Fibre Crackers lowers the carbs while giving every bite of mac and cheese that patented crunch.

Muesli Topping

Atkins Muesli lets you get creative. It comes with the traditional granola ingredients and is sweetened with stevia, a natural sweetener. All you must do is add a teaspoon of cinnamon to make it pop even more. A great topping for yogurt, oatmeal or other hot or cold breakfast items.

Dips for Crispbread

We want to share a few of our favourite low carb dip recipes that pair perfectly with Atkins Crispbread. Make sure you make extra for your dinner party because it’ll go fast.

Creamy Bacon Horseradish

This decadent dip expertly compliments horseradish with bacon’s natural smokiness. It’s a bit on the heavy side but it’s a tasty low carb alternative for gameday treats. It serves up to six people with only 1 net carb per serving. Careful with the amount of horseradish, though, as it can be potent.

Cauliflower Hummus

The Atkins Crispbread matches well with this cauliflower hummus, which is creamy, easy to make and perfect for any low carb diet. This Mediterranean inspired dish includes garlic, tahini, artichoke bottoms and the always versatile cauliflower to create a mouth-watering dip.

Elevate your Pantry

Upgrade your pantry with some low carb options from the Atkins family of products. These items can replace some of your pantry staples that are causing you to gain weight. We want to help you stay on the Atkins track to healthy living by making changes that won’t upend your life.

Review the Atkins products we carry and be sure to check out the user reviews to get an idea of what people think. Trust us, by using these ingredients in some of your favourite dips and pasta dishes you’ll notice a big difference.


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Winter Holiday Traditions from Around the Globe

Winter Holidays, Traditions & Celebrations from Around the World

All over the world, people from all walks of life are anticipating the upcoming winter season and all the festivities and celebrations that it brings. We’ve always been fascinated by the wide variety of holidays and traditions that take place in different cultures, and the stories of how they have evolved in to the celebrations that we know today.

While the customs, rituals, and traditions vary greatly from culture to culture, the underlying themes of love, family, and friendship are common. It’s no wonder why the winter season is called the most wonderful time of the year!

In this article, get ready to take a festive trip around the globe as we explore some of these many holidays and what they mean for those who celebrate them.


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Winter Solstice

Perhaps the oldest of the winter holiday traditions, the Winter Solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years in different ways all around the world. This event is centered around the day of the year where the night reaches its maximum duration and darkness, signifying for many cultures a time of rebirth and renewal.

Winter solstice traditions are extremely varied and take on many different forms. In Austria and other parts of Europe, one of the main figures in their celebrations is Krampus, which can essentially be described as the opposite of Santa Claus. Krampus is a mean, nasty demon who terrorizes children. In fact, the traditions and rituals around Krampus would be more akin to Halloween festivities in the eyes of most North Americans, but like many other traditions, are all in good fun.

The Hopi first nations tribe in Arizona celebrates the winter solstice with many rituals and celebrations to welcome protective spirits known as ‘kachinas’. Their traditions include dancing, purification rituals, and occasionally involve the giving of gifts.

Saturnalia is the winter solstice celebration that originated in Rome, and involves banquets and feasts, masquerades, the exchange of gifts, and the forgiving of grievances and grudges. Saturnalia was a time of indulgence and excess, and pretty much everything else was put on hold, including wars.

Of course, these are just a small sampling of the many different ways winter solstice is celebrated around the world. As you may have noticed, many of the historical celebrations associated with winter solstice have similarities and connections to modern festivities, such as gift giving and large feasts with family and friends. It’s not unusual for families to have borrowed or personalized other elements of these holidays and merged them in to their own family traditions that have been passed down throughout the generations.

Kwanzaa

Many people are not aware that the holiday known as Kwanzaa is a relatively recent creation, getting its start in the 1960’s. Kwanzaa was created as a holiday celebration focused around African heritage and pride, and harkened back to traditions in Africa that took place around the first fruit harvests.

Some of the notable symbols of Kwanzaa celebrations include an arrangement of seven candles that signify the seven main tenets of the holiday, and the decoration of homes with colourful art and fresh fruits. Music, food, and drink are all shared as part of the Kwanzaa festivities with friends and family. The proper greeting associated with this holiday is, ‘Joyous Kwanzaa’.

Hanukkah

The traditional Jewish holiday of Hanukkah has an extensive history and dates back to events that took place around 160 BC. At a time when Jerusalem was under the control of Syrian king Antiochus, a rebellion took place and the victorious Jewish people, led by the Maccabees, reclaimed the holy city. During the rededication of the Second Temple, a miracle is said to have occurred. The temple menorah was lit with only enough oil to burn for one day, and yet the lights continued to burn for eight days. Inspired by this wonder, an annual eight-day celebration was instituted to honour the events and remember the miracle.

Hanukkah is celebrated in many ways, including feasts of traditional Jewish foods such as latkes, the exchange of gifts, games and festivities with friends and family, prayer and visitations to Jewish temples. The most well-known part of Hanukkah traditions is the lighting of a menorah, signifying the memory of the miracle of the oil.

Diwali

Diwali is a festival of lights that occurs in the winter months and is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Newar Buddhists. Diwali is a spiritual event focused around the triumph of light, good, and knowledge over darkness, evil and ignorance. It is celebrated as a five-day festival, including feasts, artistry, decoration and adornment of homes, gift exchanges, prayer, and the honouring of family bonds and relationships.

One of the traditions associated with Diwali is the creation of artistic patterns known as Rangoli. These intricate designs are created on the floor and consist of colourful powders or sand, arranged in precise traditional patterns, with the intent of bringing good luck.

New Year

For many cultures, the arrival of the New Year is cause for great celebration. Similar to the advent of the winter solstice, the coming of the New Year is seen by many as a time of renewal and rejuvenation. Of course, the celebration of the New Year doesn’t always fall on the same date, since there have been multiple different calendars used in the world throughout history. The Gregorian calendar, which is the calendar most widely adopted in the modern world, and the traditional Chinese calendar mark the New Year at different dates. Since both calendars were developed using different methods of calculating the various increments that divide a typical year, their New Year’s do not align, and as such the time between the celebrations changes each year.

For the majority of revelers, however, the celebrations are quite similar in many ways. Parties, dancing, music, fireworks, and gathering of friends and family occur all over the world to remember the year past and usher in the arrival of the New Year.

Christmas

In North America and many other places in the world, the most well-known and widely celebrated winter holiday is undoubtedly Christmas. This annual celebration takes place in honour of the birth of Jesus Christ, and has evolved over many centuries to include a diverse range of traditions and rituals connected to regional or local beliefs and cultural influences.

Popular elements of Christmas celebrations include large gatherings of friends and family, the exchange of gifts, colourful decorations including colored lights and exterior home adornments, and the trimming of the traditional Christmas tree. For many, a large part of Christmas revolves around the spirit of St Nicholas, commonly known as Santa Claus, whose origin can be traced to northern European cultures. Santa takes flight on Christmas Eve every year and brings gifts to children all over the world.

Other popular aspects of Christmas include a feast with friends and family, and many festive holiday gatherings & activities throughout the days leading up to December 25th. For great low carb recipes & helpful tips for making a healthy Christmas dinner the low carb way, check out our Guide to a Low Carb Christmas.

The Important Role of Food

A common thread that you will likely see running through all of these different holidays is the prevalence of feasting and traditional foods as a key element of the celebrations. This makes sense, of course, since we tend to have very strong emotional reactions to foods, especially when aspects such as nostalgia and religion connect them to our beliefs and values with powerful stories and past experiences.

Here at The Low Carb Grocery, food is our passion. This is why we love to learn about how food plays such an important role in the holidays and traditions that bring us together in celebration with family and friends every year.

We certainly hope that you’ve found this article interesting, and wish you all a very Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas, and wonderful time celebrating any of these or other holidays this season!


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Low Carb & Sugar Free Caramel Desserts & Treats

Craving Caramel? You’ll Love These Sugar Free & Low Carb Caramel Recipes

We’ll be totally honest that the taste of rich, creamy caramel is just about as perfect a flavour as you will ever experience. For many, it even beats chocolate as their preferred sweet treat, and we totally understand why. That’s why we’ve pulled together a collection of some of the most delectable caramel desserts & sweet treats that we’ve ever seen.

In this list, you’ll find amazing low carb and sugar free recipes that all feature the great taste of caramel, and are perfectly suited for the low carb lifestyle. Whether you enjoy the purity of a rich and creamy caramel square, or prefer to have the flavour blended with others as an ingredient of cakes and pies, these recipes are sure to have what you’re looking for. Let’s get right to it!


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Low Carb Keto Caramels

First, we had to start off with the classic candy that, for many of us, brings back fond nostalgic memories of our grandmothers’ candy dish. These delicious little caramel squares are bite-sized and the perfect little indulgence to satisfy your caramel cravings. This particular recipe is for a softer caramel, with a texture very similar to fudge. The ingredient list is short, and consists of only butter, whipping cream, and some Swerve sweetener or other keto-friendly substitute, and making them is super easy. Pop one of these in your mouth once they’ve cooled, and you’ll be overcome with the rich, smooth, creamy flavour of caramel.

2-Ingredient Sugar Free Caramel Sauce

Keeping with the theme of short ingredient lists, this astonishingly simple caramel sauce needs just two. All you require is full fat coconut milk and some Sukrin fibre syrup, and you’re ready to make some caramel! Simply bring to a boil and then simmer for about 20-30 minutes, and you’ll be treated to some of the most delicious caramel sauce you’ve ever had. Perfect as a topping for ice cream, cakes, pies, and other desserts, this recipe is sure to become your go-to caramel sauce from now on.

Keto Sugar Free Caramel Squares

These caramel squares are heavenly! Low carb and keto dieters alike will love the fact that these are so easy to make. These squares start with a vanilla and almond base, and then a layer of salted sugar free caramel is added, and finally topped with a rich chocolate coating. For best results, use a golden Monkfruit sweetener from Lakanto. Alternatively, vanilla can be used to accentuate the flavour of your preferred substitute sweetener. Either way, these will be very, very tasty!

Low Carb & Sugar Free Caramel Nut Clusters

Some of the best tasting desserts combine multiple different flavours and textures, and that’s exactly what these wonderful caramel nut clusters do. They’re creamy, salty, crunchy, and sweet all at the same time, and because of this they generally don’t last very long once you make a batch! These clusters are made using macadamias & pecans, but you could also use peanuts, walnuts, almonds, or any other nuts that you prefer. Combined with sugar free caramel candies, sea salt, and rich dark chocolate, each bite-sized cluster delivers a magnificent flavour experience that will have you coming back time and time again.

Easy Low Carb Salted Caramel Pie

If you look up the word decadent in the dictionary, there will probably be a picture of this pie. It’s simply one of the most incredible dessert creations that a low carb dieter could ask for. Plus, it’s deceptively simple to make, and uses just a few common ingredients. We guarantee that this pie will disappear quickly from everyone’s plate, so be sure to guard your slice closely or it may fall victim to dessert theft!

Sugar Free Cheesecake with Caramel

Just like the caramel pie above, this caramel cheesecake is an absolutely perfect dessert. If you like cheesecake, then you will fall head over heels in love with this recipe. It all starts with a caramel sauce like the one we mentioned earlier in this article, and blends together smooth cream cheese along with erythritol sweetener and other low carb ingredients to make the smooth, delicious filling, which is sitting on top of a simple low carb crust. After your first bite of this cheesecake, you won’t be able to stop!

Other Low Carb Caramel Products

While these recipes are all pretty amazing, your caramel experience can keep going far beyond this list! We’ve got a wide selection of delicious low carb and sugar free caramel products to choose from at The Low Carb Grocery. Discover the great taste of caramel in all kinds of products like Atkins Caramel Latte protein shakes and Healthsmart Chocolate Crispy Caramel snack bites, or add caramel flavour to your morning coffee with delicious sugar free syrup from DaVinci.

Sweeten Up Your Low Carb Diet with Caramel

If you’re a long-time caramel fan, or just starting to develop a craving for the sweet taste, you can rest assured that being on a low carb diet won’t stop you from enjoying these amazing desserts and sweet treats. We bet that once you try some of these recipes, you’ll be hunting for even more caramel creations to discover.


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Low Carb Hors D’oeuvres & Appetizers for the Holidays

Low Carb Fun & Fancy Holiday Party Appetizers & Hors D’oeuvres

The holiday party season is quickly approaching, and this year we encourage you to surprise your guests with a new selection of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres that will delight them with exciting flavours and vibrant colours. In this list, you’ll discover an interesting variety of delicious low carb recipes that your family and friends are sure to love.

Putting on a great holiday party doesn’t mean that you need to set your low carb diet off track or put it on hold for the night. In fact, as we’ve talked about before in our previous article about crafting a wonderful low carb Christmas dinner, these recipes are even better than some of the more traditional ones that you all know and love.

Let’s get right to it with a delectable dish that is at the top of the list for amazing low carb appetizers!


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Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Bacon makes everything better! This creative recipe combines the salty deliciousness of bacon and wraps it around the robust flavour of roasted Brussels sprouts to create some of the yummiest morsels ever to adorn the end of a toothpick. When dipped in the tasty balsamic mayo dip that is included in this recipe, the flavours get even better. You’d better make a big batch of these, because they won’t last long once they hit the table!

Low Carb Christmas Tree Platter

If you’re looking to add some colour to your holiday appetizer table this year, this fun hors d’oeuvres recipe is sure to fit the bill. Bright greens and deep reds abound in this clever creation that tastes just as good as it looks. Low carb cranberry sauce gives a nice sweetness to these rolls, and accentuate the taste of the turkey and cream cheese nicely. Half the fun of this recipe is arranging the stack before you serve it, especially if you top the final result with a cute little cheese star to finish the look.

Keto Charcuterie Board

We just LOVE charcuterie boards, and this recipe is no exception. This combination includes low carb crackers and some crisps made from cheese and almond flour, as well as a diverse selection of flavourful cheeses and delicious meats. Of course, the best part of a charcuterie plate is that you can change it up in any way you want, so feel free to swap out any of the meats, cheeses, or other items for whatever may strike your fancy. Get creative! Charcuterie boards never need to be the same twice.

Christmas Cookie Martini

Ok, so this one is technically not an appetizer or an hors d’oeuvres, but once we found it we just had to include it in this list. Fancy and creative martinis are always a lot of fun to try, and this holiday-themed drink is a great way to put your guests in a festive mood. For larger get-togethers, you can even make this drink in batches and serve in a punch bowl so guests can serve themselves throughout the evening. With one of these in-hand, you’ll definitely be feeling cheery!

Easy Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce

Who doesn’t love the delicious taste of a good shrimp cocktail? They’re amazing low carb appetizers, and you can get creative with them by changing up the sauce you use to dip them in. In this particular recipe, the traditional cocktail sauce has been swapped out for a creamy sauce that has a nice spicy zing to it. We love the taste of sriracha hot sauce, so it’s no surprise that this recipe is quickly becoming our favourite way to make a shrimp cocktail.

Yule Log Cake

We just had to close out this list with a modern twist on a festive classic. Also known as a Buche de Noel, the Yule log cake has been a favourite holiday treat for generations. Of course, what’s not to love about moist chocolate cake wrapped up with a creamy and smooth whipped filling? This low carb version makes it so you can still enjoy this traditional holiday dessert without setting your diet off-track. In less than an hour, you can have this gorgeous dessert ready to serve, and finish off your holiday meal in style.

Surprise & Delight Your Friends & Family This Season

When your guests arrive to celebrate the holidays this year, we’re sure that this selection of holiday treats will help you set a cheery mood for your party right from the start.

The holidays are a time to enjoy time with friends and family and enjoy good food and delicious drinks while you reminisce about years past and look forward to those yet to come. Happy holidays to all!


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Low Carb Healthy Treats for our 2018 Holiday Season

Fun Low Carb 2018 Recipe Ideas to Enjoy Over the Holidays

Who doesn’t love the holiday season? Whatever faith you celebrate, December is usually a month filled with parties, get-togethers, work events, family and, of course, an endless stream of treats, both sweet and savoury. Ask anyone who works in a gym’s membership department in January, people love to eat holiday treats in December.

Whatever your holiday pleasure—cookies, shortbread, fudge, cake—there’s a low carb option that is worth checking out. By simply swapping out an ingredient or two you can enjoy the same treats you have every December without any of the guilt.

The holidays should be a time to indulge in family and food so let us help. Here are some low carb recipes to make this upcoming holidays memorable and fun!


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Traditional Holiday Treats

Every person or family has their traditions but holiday treats are typically broken down into two categories: sweet and savoury. On the sweet side, there’s fruit cakes that seem to be gifted (and re-gifted) plus more popular items like shortbread cookies, sugar cookies, fudge, gingerbread items, crumbles, and bread pudding.

The tradition of the holidays also includes carbs in the form of breads or wheat. That doesn’t have to be the case. Traditions can stay intact even if they have a slightly healthy twist.

Sweet Holiday Treats

December is chock-full of decadent sweet treats. It helps us get through the harsh weather and busy schedules. In addition, it brings us together with friends and family to relax and connect. Here are some of our favourites and the recipes to make them so that they are low carb.

Fudge

Who doesn’t love homemade fudge? Homemade fudge is one of the best things you can bite into during the holidays. It’s a rich blank canvass that you can add your favourite flavours to like nuts, caramel, salt, mint or strawberries. Here is a wonderful recipe for chocolate walnut fudge that will satisfy the loudest sweet tooth. One of its tricks is to use sweetened condensed milk to mimic fudge’s consistency along with vanilla stevia drops and low carb sweetener.

Sugar Cookies 

There is nothing more Christmas than decorated sugar cookies. They are a stable but that doesn’t mean they must be high in carbs to be delicious. Celebrate the holidays and turn your work colleagues into friends with this low carb sugar cookie recipe. By replacing flour with almond flour and using vanilla extract and sweetener in lieu of sugar, you maintain the sugar cookie taste that everyone loves while kicking carbs to the curb.

Shortbread

Shortbread is up there with big pine trees and stockings when it comes to all things Christmas. This crispy and crumbly cookie made with butter, flour and sugar makes a great gift or a wonderful treat to put out for guests.

Looking for a low carb and gluten-free sugar cookie recipe? Try this one out.  It is a true guilt-free crowd-pleaser.   

Brownies

If you don’t RSVP in time to the holiday potluck you might have to scramble for something to make besides sugar cookies or fruit cake. Brownies are always a hit and can be easily made festive by garnishing with red and green sprinkles for Christmas or blue and white for Hanukkah.

We love this recipe, and if you plan on using a baking mix try one from Diabetic Kitchen as the base for your holiday brownies.

Fruit Cake 

Fruit cake gets a bad rap but it wouldn’t be the holidays without it. It’s a wonderful winter cake and with the right ingredients it can be an absolute delight. Make it with your favourite dried fruits like cranberries, cherries, raisins, apricots and peaches.

Give this recipe a try and see how a holiday classic can be remade in a modern and healthy way.

Bread Pudding

A popular English treat, bread pudding is bread, milk, eggs, dried fruit, sugar and spices baked together. You can add whatever nuts and dried fruit you wish. Now, it might be hard to think that something comprised mainly of bread could be low carb but it’s true. With some simple adjustments to the type of sweetener or choice of bread, you can enjoy bread pudding without cheating on your diet. Learn more and give it a go with this recipe.

These treats might be low in carbs but they could still contain a lot of fat. Be mindful of your portions as to not undermine their healthy benefits or your diet.

Savoury Holiday Treats

Monkey Bread

For those unfamiliar with monkey bread, it’s a really fun dish that lets you empty out your fridge and pantry. The fact you can add any flavour makes it perfect for the holidays. Get creative and portion your monkey bread to feature different flavours, include ginger, lemon, poppy seed, cheese, chive to name a few.

It doesn’t take a lot of time and if you have an artistic eye, you can make it the centerpiece of the dinner table. Choose a bread or buns and toppings that are low in carbs.

Veggie Trays

Call us cheesy but we love taking a run-of-the-mill veggie tray and sprucing it up for the holidays. To make it fit for the holidays, choose vegetables that are red and green and arrange using vegetables of other colours to spell out a holiday greeting.

Check out one of our favourite examples of a veggie tray done right for the holidays.

Deviled Eggs

This Russian delicacy and common party appetizer can be transformed into a fun holiday treat.  A deviled egg is a hard-boiled egg, cut in half, hollowed out and filled with a mixture of yolks, mayonnaise and mustard and topped with cayenne pepper.

All you must do is follow this recipe but with one additional step. Soak half the hard-boiled eggs in a bowl filled with water with red food colouring, and the other half in a bowl filled with water and green food colouring. The result will be a classic treat with a holiday twist and perfect for any party or family meal.

Latkes

For those celebrating Hanukkah or for those attending Hanukah parties, here are some latke ideas that are low carb and absolutely delicious. Since a latke is essentially the same as a fritter, you can replace potato as the main ingredient with zucchini, squash or cauliflower. Both take on the onion and garlic flavour and make the dish more carb friendly.

Latkes are an oily and salty treat that works as an appetizer, side dish or even a main course for the most ardent fans.

Enjoy the Holidays with Amazing Low Carb Treats!

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Guide to Keto Cocktails & Beverages

5 Delicious Keto-Friendly Cocktails & Beverages

Are you in the mood to sip on something new? Well, if you’re on the keto diet you’re going to need to be careful about what you choose to fill your glass with if you’re going to keep your diet on track. Fortunately, there are many different styles of drink that you can try that fit perfectly with the keto diet.

We have gathered together a list of 5 interesting and very flavourful beverages, cocktails, and drinks that keto dieters are sure to love. Whether you’re curious to try a fancy new sipper at your next dinner party, or are simply looking for a warm beverage to relax with on a lazy Sunday afternoon, we’ve got you covered.


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Is Alcohol OK on the Keto Diet?

First, we must discuss the elephant in the room: alcohol on the keto diet. While we’ve only selected a couple of alcoholic creations for this list, it is a topic of some controversy among many keto dieters. In general, the consensus is that alcohol should be avoided while living the keto lifestyle, however this is more directly related to certain types of alcoholic beverages and what they’re made of.

Alcoholic drinks that contain sugar, carbs, and other ingredients that can kick you out of ketosis are to be avoided entirely. This includes drinks like beer, wine, coolers, and mixed drinks that contain those types of ingredients. Sugars in particular, and even some sugar substitutes, are not ok for keto dieters.

For more info on what sweeteners work with the keto diet, check out our Keto Diet Guide to Artificial Sweeteners.

This isn’t to say that alcohol is 100% off limits for keto dieters, however. Spirits, such as vodka, tequila and gin do not contain those elements, and when used carefully and in moderation can be acceptable as part of the keto diet. Moderation being the key word here, since keto dieters often find the effects of alcohol to be more pronounced. This means you may feel drunk faster, and as such you should be keenly aware of this.

In addition, it should be noted that alcohol has the effect of stalling fat burning, since the liver will stop processing fats and switch to process alcohol first as long as it’s present in the blood. This cessation of fat burning is only temporary, and things will switch back when the alcohol has been depleted.

When it comes right down to it, you can always simply choose to forgo the alcohol and simply make virgin versions that taste just as good. Remember that the choice is yours to make, and these recipes are all easy enough to customize in any way that you want to suit your preferences.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the delicious keto-friendly beverages we’ve discovered, starting with an amazing coffee recipe that you will definitely love!

Bulletproof Coffee

This unbelievable coffee recipe is the perfect way for keto dieters to start their day. It’s a great combination of caffeine and healthy fats that gets you fired up and keeps the energy levels high throughout the day. In this recipe, you’ll combine your favourite brewed coffee with grass-fed butter and MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) powder, along with a pinch of cinnamon, and the results are outstanding! You can also customize this coffee recipe with other add-ins such as Himalayan salt, Maca powder, or Stevia.

Keto Bloody Mary

We love the robust flavours and garnishes of a Bloody Mary, and now that we’ve discovered this fantastic keto-friendly recipe, we love them even more! Ramp the spice up if you like things hot, or dial it down if you prefer a subtler heat. Choose from a wide range of garnishes, including celery, olives, or even shrimp for a bit of extra protein while you sip. Whether as a pre-dinner beverage or to sip on a lazy morning, you can be sure that you’ll love the taste of this cocktail which is just as good with or without alcohol.

Coconut Milk Latte

Here’s another awesome twist on your morning coffee that you’ve just got to try! The flavour of coconut combined with the bold taste of coffee works incredibly well, and the thickness of the full-fat coconut milk adds a smooth and creamy texture to this drink. If you’re a fan of lattes with a little hint of sweetness and light flavours, this concoction is sure to be a regular addition to your coffee routine.

Keto Vodka Mojito

When it comes to trendy cocktails, mojitos are all the rage right now. They’re a light and refreshing drink, perfect for a sunny patio or an evening of cocktails with friends. This recipe changes things up by swapping out the traditional rum for vodka, giving the drink a taste that is more akin to a minty martini. Again, just like the Bloody Mary recipe earlier in this list, you can easily make this mojito virgin and skip the vodka but still keep the wonderful flavours. Yum!

Zingy Salted Lime Soda

Speaking of refreshing drinks, this thirst-quenching beverage is incredibly simple to make but definitely does a great job of cooling you off. With just three ingredients, you can make a pitcher of delicious drinks to sip on that goes perfectly with a casual afternoon of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. Customize the taste of this drink by choosing from club soda, seltzer water, or your favourite sparkling mineral water and make it your own. Each will have a distinct taste profile that will be different when combined with the tartness of the lime and accentuate the flavour of the salt.

We’d Like to Propose a Toast to the Keto Diet

As you can see, there are plenty of different ways to enjoy interesting and unusual drinks while on the keto diet. Making a great drink doesn’t have to be overly complicated just because you’re following keto rules, and sometimes all it takes is a little creativity and some clever substitutions.

We hope that you will enjoy this list of keto-friendly drinks, and we raise our glasses to toast to your healthy lifestyle. Cheers!

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