Indulge in sweet, savory, and flavorful meals, treats, and drinks without breaking your low-sugar diet! Here are some of the best recipes to try if you want to cut back on sugar this holiday season.
5 Delicious Holiday Food and Drinks for Those on a Low-Sugar Diet
1. Garlic-Flavored Mashed Cauliflower
Mashed potatoes and gravy are a staple at almost any holiday dinner. Sadly, they’re also a rich source of carbs and unhealthy fats. Eat too much, and you’ll add inches to your waistline in just a few weeks.
If you want to commit to a healthy, low-sugar diet plan, swap the high-carb, high-sugar mashed potato and gravy meal for some clean, healthy mashed cauliflower.
Calories: 98 per serving
- 1 cauliflower head, sliced
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 clove garlic, smashed
- 1/4 Tbsp low-fat cream cheese
- Place a steamer insert inside a saucepan and fill it with water. Make sure the water level is just below the steamer.
- Boil the water for a few minutes before throwing in the cauliflower. Steam for about 10 minutes or until the florets turn soft and tender.
- Meanwhile, stir-fry the garlic in a skillet coated with olive oil over medium heat.
- Fry for about two minutes, remove from heat and set aside.
- Afterward, pulse the cauliflower florets in a food processor until they form a smooth, rich mixture.
- Transfer the pulsed florets in a bowl along with the fried garlic and olive oil, salt, pepper, cream cheese, and Parmesan cheese.
- Mix with a wooden spoon until the ingredients combine.
2. High-Fiber, Low-Sugar Mushroom, and Cornbread Stuffing
Most of the calories we consume during holiday dinners come from the stuffing. It’s so easy to eat a lot of it at a very fast pace.
Apart from pacing yourself and limiting yourself to one serving, you should also opt for the healthier low-sugar, low-carb, and low-sodium option: mushroom and cornbread stuffing.
Calories: 325 per serving
- 10 cups low-sugar cornbread, cubed
- 2 cups leeks, chopped
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup pancetta, diced
- 2 cups mushrooms, chopped
- 3/4 cup pecans, chopped
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, sliced
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 3 cups low-sodium broth
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Meanwhile, spread out the bread on a large, rimmed baking sheet.
- Once the oven is ready, bake the cornbread for about 30 minutes. Set aside.
- Turn on the oven’s temperature to about 350°F.
- Meanwhile, take a 9 x 13 baking dish and coat it with cooking spray. Place the bread in it then set aside.
- Then, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Throw in the mushrooms and leeks and cook for about 3-5 minutes.
- Add garlic, rosemary, and parsley then continue cooking for about 30 more seconds. Scatter the mixture on top of the bread.
- Melt the butter in the skillet to remove hardened bits. Scrape them and then add to your stuffing dish.
- Throw in the pecans, pepper, pancetta, and broth. Continue mixing until the ingredients combine.
- Take a piece of foil, coat it with cooking spray, and then cover the stuffing with it. Make sure the coated side is facing downward.
- Finally, bake for 30 minutes, remove the cover, and then bake for another 20 minutes.
3. Low-Carb Shortbread Cookie with Almonds
No holiday dinner is complete without a batch of warm, chewy cookies. Sadly, these are brimming with unhealthy sugar calories.
Instead of the regular sugar-filled desserts, try out this sugar shortbread almond cookie recipe.
Calories: 120 calories per cookie
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 2 Tbsp butter, softened
- 3 Tbsp no-calorie sweetener
- 1 egg white
- Mix the flour, salt, sweetener, egg white, vanilla extract, and butter in a small bowl using an egg beater. Once the ingredients form a smooth, rich texture, leave in the freezer for 15 minutes to harden.
- Preheat the oven to 325°F and line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Take the cookie batter out of the freezer, scoop out small balls of the batter onto the baking sheet.
- Slide a plastic wrap under the glass and then flatten the balls of cookie dough.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cookies turn golden brown.
4. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark
Missing the taste of your favorite chocolate bars or peanut butter cups? Then opt to make your own low-sugar variant!
This delicious skinny chocolate bark recipe is a combination of peanut butter, dark chocolate, and pretzels. Apart from its heavenly goodness, it’s also low in calories, carbs, and sugar.
Calories: 130 per serving
- 3 cups dark chocolate
- 1/4 cup pretzels
- 1 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped
- 1 cup natural peanut butter, heated
- Line a baking dish with some parchment paper. Set aside.
- Microwave the dark chocolate in a glass bowl until it fully melts. Stir every 30 seconds.
- Pour the melted chocolate onto the baking dish. Make sure it coats the entire surface.
- Scoop out some peanut butter, and then use a toothpick to shape.
- Sprinkle with pretzels and peanuts then refrigerate for an hour.
- Break into rectangles and serve.
5. Super Low-Calorie Eggnog
Eggnog is an all-time holiday favorite, and no holiday dinner is complete without it. However, it’s also one of the most high-calorie holiday drinks around.
One cup has more than 300 calories! Considering it takes around five cups to satisfy most grown adults, you’ll consume more than a thousand calories from drinks alone.
Luckily, you can lower the calories this drink contains by following this healthy recipe. It’s low on junk, but it doesn’t sacrifice any of the eggnog goodness everyone loves.
Calories: 69 per cup (without brandy)
- 1 1/2 cups skim milk
- 1/4 cup brandy or rum (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup pasteurized egg substitute
- 1 packet artificial sweetener
- 1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half
- Nutmeg (for garnish)
- Gather all the ingredients, place them in a food processor, and pulse until they form a smooth, rich blend.
- Afterward, transfer to a pitcher, and then leave in the refrigerator to chill.
These are just some of the best recipes to try if you’re on a low-carb, low-sugar diet plan this holiday season. Feel free to explore other options you feel might be a match for you and your guests.
Also, don’t be afraid to explore spices, seasonings, and fruits. These go a long way in adding taste and flavor to your meals and treats when you’re reducing sugar consumption.
What are your favorite no-sugar meals? Share your low-sugar diet plan with us in the comments section below!
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