These delicious 15 Low Carb Holiday Party Foods will help you stay on track during the holiday season without feeling deprived.
How many of you can relate to this scenario…the holidays are in full swing and you’re getting dressed for a third party in 10 days. You put on a cute festive dress (that fits again after months of eating right and hitting the gym!), and you’re about to dash out the door. You’re famished, but there’s no time to grab something to eat…no worries, right? There will definitely be tons of food there!
And then you get there. Oh, there’s food alright. There are potato chips and dip, tortilla chips with queso and guacamole, little sausages wrapped in pastry, baked deli meat and cheese sliders soaked in a savory butter sauce, flaky phyllo pastry bites with different savory fillings, bite-sized pizzas with a biscuit crust, Chex mix, loaded potato skins, a cheese and cracker tray, and the list goes on. And that’s just the appetizer table, the dessert table seems to be miles long!
If you’re following a keto or low carb way of eating, navigating holiday parties and finding food you can eat is a challenge. Sure, you can eat guacamole with a spoon and cheese without crackers and things like that, but it’s also possible to put together a beautiful spread of food that has lots of low carb and keto-friendly options.
Here are 15 of my favorite low carb holiday party foods…
I like to think of chicken wings as the OG of low carb holiday party foods! Just be careful that they’re not battered, tossed in a sweet sauce, or served with a dipping sauce that’s loaded with sugar. Buffalo wings are always a good bet; they’re tossed in a mix of hot sauce and butter, and served with blue cheese sauce and celery sticks. Or for wings with a fun flavor profile, try my Chili-Garlic Glazed Wings with Peanutty Satay Dipping Sauce (to lower the carbs, I recommend skipping the honey and instead using 2 tablespoons Swerve Brown).
Gooey Baked Cheese
When it comes to the wow factor, gooey melted cheese of any kind usually takes the cake. There’s just something completely enthralling about it! Lots of different types of cheeses are great for melting, such as Brie, Fontina, Raclette, Schloss, etc. The beauty of baking a cheese like this is that it needs little, if anything, else to flavor it. You can go with roasted fruit or caramelized nuts on top, but to keep the carbs down beware of added sugars. Try my Baked Schloss Cheese with Melted White Wine Onions for the perfect gooey melted cheese without a sugary topping.
Popular and trendy in a retro way, everyone loves a great cheese ball! The beauty of cheese balls is that they’re easy to switch up the flavor profile by using different types of cheese, herbs, spices, etc. In keeping with our holiday theme, try my Cranberry-White Cheddar Cheese Ball with Fresh Rosemary. It doesn’t get much more festive than the flavors of cranberry and rosemary, right? To keep carbs down, you can omit the golden raisins and use my Low Carb Rosemary Vanilla Cranberry Sauce to make the cheese ball. Or go for a real classic flavor profile, a Cheddar Cheese Ball.
A good source of protein and healthy fat, nuts are always a good choice for low carb holiday party foods. And nuts are easy! You can toss them in a bowl and they’re good to go. Or you make it interesting and serve nuts still in their shells along with a nutcracker so people have to crack them open to eat them. Another option is to jazz up your favorite nuts, like I did in my recipe for Festive Vanilla Bean Mixed Nuts with Rosemary and Cranberries (low carb tip for this recipe: omit the cranberries and use more nuts instead!).
The beauty of serving meatballs at a holiday party is that they’re a great source of protein, and they’re still bite-sized and perfect for nibbling as you mingle! You can serve them skewered on toothpicks (go with festive toothpicks to fit the season). My Low Carb Cheesy Turkey Meatballs with Rosemary Cream Sauce are delicious and a hit with kids and adults.
Bready Things, Like Pretzel Bites
If you thought you couldn’t have pretzels on a low carb diet, get ready for these! I came up with this recipe a while ago for my website that I co-author with Lara Clevenger, The Keto Queens, and they were an instant hit. These Pretzel Bites have great bread-like texture and aroma, and come together from start to finish in just over half an hour. What truly makes these little bites part of the perfect low carb holiday party foods spread is the fact that you can use them for dipping! Dunk them in fondue, guacamole, or whole-grain mustard and they’re perfection. (For more keto appetizers, take a look at our e-Book, Crowd-Pleasing Snacks and Party Food Appetizers!)
When it comes to low carb holiday party foods, there are tons of cheesy options, but something that is easy to overlook is the idea of cheese crisps. When you bake shredded cheese in little piles, they turn into deliciously savory, crispy bites. These are wonderful eaten as-is, and also great for dipping. My Low-Carb White Cheddar Crisps with Rosemary and Black Pepper are in keeping with our Christmas-y rosemary theme!
No table of low carb holiday party foods is complete without some form of chocolate! If you like rich, fudgy, deeply chocolaty brownies, I have the perfect recipe for you. My recipe for Fudgy Keto Brownies with Walnuts and Chocolate Frosting is everything a brownie recipe should be…minus the carbs! Whip up a batch (or two) for your next holiday party and watch them disappear off the dessert table.
Even More Low Carb Holiday Party Foods for Your Next Gathering:
- Garlic and Herb Savory Keto Gluten Free Biscotti from An Edible Mosaic
- Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip from The Salty Marshmallow
- Flavor Bomb Deviled Eggs from Health Starts in the Kitchen
- Keto Baked Brie from gnom-gnom
- Spicy Ranch Crackers from That Low Carb Life
- Low Carb Pigs in a Blanket from Sugar-Free Mom
- Holiday Cheese Ball Wreath from Mom Needs Chocolate
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