Keto 101: What You Need to Know
There’s no right or wrong way to Thanksgiving. That’s why we’re giving you the 101 on special diets. Everyone should have something to eat at the Thanksgiving dinner table — whether they put butter on everything or not.
What Is the Keto Diet?
You may have heard about the keto diet, short for “ketogenic diet.” It typically focuses on foods such as pasture-raised and grass-fed meat and poultry, eggs, fatty fish, nuts, full-fat dairy, oils and vegetables like leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuces, zucchini and cucumbers.
With all those foods, you can definitely celebrate Thanksgiving in a really delicious way. Simply prepared turkey and (non-starchy) vegetables would likely be keto-friendly. Consider bringing a side dish and/or a dessert, so you know you’ll have other options. Try mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes, roasted green beans with pecans and homemade keto-friendly gravy. Don’t be scared of telling your host that you’re avoiding certain foods, either.
Hosting Someone on a Keto Diet? What You Should Know
If you’re cooking for someone following a keto diet, here are a few Thanksgiving foods that are typically not keto-friendly: grains (whole or refined), starchy vegetables (yep, that means potatoes, corn, parsnips and yams), legumes and most fruit and fruit juices.
Easy Keto-Friendly Swaps for Thanksgiving
- Serve a cheese and Flackers appetizer
- Roast Brussels sprouts or broccoli and top with crumbled nuts and bacon
- Serve up a cauliflower mac ‘n’ cheese made with 365 Everyday Value Organic Riced Cauliflower
- Sauté Tuscan kale in extra-virgin olive oil
What to Stock up On
- Plenty of cheese
- Green vegetables, like broccoli and Tuscan kale
- 365 Everyday Value Riced Cauliflower
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Grass-fed meat