If this is your first holiday season on the keto diet, you may be wondering which (if any) of the traditional Thanksgiving sides are low-carb. Take cranberry sauce, for example – a favorite of mine ever since I was a little girl.
You love it for its sweet, tart taste and that rich, deep color, but is it keto-friendly? Let’s break it down.
The keto diet requires that roughly 60 to 80 percent of your calories come from fat. As for carbs, you should aim to eat 20 to 50 grams of net carbs per day, explained certified nutrition specialist Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD – that’s total carbs minus any fiber. “This means you could theoretically have a small serving of any berry, including cranberries,” she told POPSUGAR. However, you’d have to nix the sweetener in cranberry sauce, “which makes for a rather bitter side dish.”
While traditional cranberry sauce is off limits on the keto diet because of its sugar content, you can tweak the recipe to make it more suitable. Gittleman suggests combining 1/4 cup unsweetened cranberries, either fresh or thawed, with 1/4 cup unsweetened raspberries and then sweetening the dish with 1/4 teaspoon of orange zest and a bit of monk fruit. “Monk fruit is the sweetener that is considered most keto-friendly,” she said.
Jessica Tosto, MS, RD, clinical coordinator for the nutrition and dietetics program at Pace University’s College of Health Professions, added this tip: “Try experimenting with different berries, such as blackberries and raspberries, which are naturally sweeter than cranberries and may not require added sugar.”
The Most Foolproof Way to Make Prime Rib Roast in an Instant Pot – Yes, an Instant Pot!
Planning dinner for the holidays shouldn’t be stressful. If you’re short on time and running around picking up last-minute gifts for loved ones, you’re going to want to bookmark this recipe. No table is set without the star dish in the center – a roast! I’m not sure about you, but a perfectly cooked prime rib roast is my favorite thing to have. It’s warm and comforting, especially with some roasted potatoes on the side.
The best part about this recipe though is it can all be made in an Instant Pot. Instead of taking hours, this garlicky, buttery, herbed roast only takes around an hour to make.
We Will Not Judge You If You Dream About Disneyland’s Hot Chocolate Beignets
The holiday treats at Disneyland and Disney World are adorable and delicious every year, but we’ve found one that’s sure to be the standout among the rest – hot chocolate beignets! The same classic beignets you’re familiar with from Disneyland’s Mint Julep Bar got a holiday twist and can be found at Café Orléans in the park’s New Orleans Square.
The dish comes with three Mickey-shaped beignets covered in chocolate powder, warm hot chocolate sauce, and marshmallow whipped cream. These beignets, which cost $10, are worth the time to sit at the table-service restaurant for a while so you can savor every last bite of warm and chocolatey goodness. See more drool-worthy photos of the dessert ahead!