Thanksgiving is one of the hardest times of the year to be on a diet, especially if that diet is low-carb, and especially if that diet is the ketogenic diet. That’s because, though it works for many people, the diet is one of the most restrictive—allowing no more than 10% of daily net calories from sugar and carbs. So it automatically excludes all kinds of traditional Thanksgiving dishes such as mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, and more.
Add to that the fact that going in and out of ketosis can be hard on your body (causing flu-like symptoms), and accidentally going over your carb intake suddenly becomes a big deal. In fact, it’s stressful enough that you might be tempted to just skip the holiday altogether.
But don’t fret! If you’re finding success on the keto diet and trying to plan for your holiday dinner, you can have your Thanksgiving sides and eat them too! Below, find 10 of our favorite Thanksgiving holiday recipes that are all delicious, hearty, and low enough in net carbs that you can eat them and still keep to your daily low net carb intake. These dishes include all the classics—though often with a twist or two, to keep them keto. There’s plenty of turkey, as well as mashed veggies, a cheesy casserole, some hearty side dishes, stuffing, greens, and salad—and even a dessert, so you don’t have to miss out on the meal-ending sweet treat! Whip these keto recipes up on the big day and fill your plate without sacrificing your goals.