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This Year, Try Low Carb Holiday Side Dishes for a Healthy Change

Baked spaghetti squash can be a wonderful and healthy side dish.

Holidays are notorious for high carbohydrate food. Particularly traditional side dishes like mashed potatoes and green bean casseroles.

Unfortunately, with middle age, our metabolism doesn’t burn carbs as it used to in our earlier days. If you’ve focused on lowering carbs throughout the year, don’t let the holidays derail you. Maybe, it’s time to change traditions and create some low carb side dishes that supports your healthy midlife lifestyle.

Get Smart with Starchy Sides

There always seem to be multiple starchy choices for holiday meals. Maybe it’s time to have new choices that’s just as satisfying.

Squash Your Mashed Potato Cravings

Mashed potatoes and gravy seem to be a staple with many family holiday meals. But for a healthy diet for weight loss, they’re generally not on the plan.

Consider a tasty alternative like baked spaghetti squash with Parmesan cheese. This dish can satisfy your craving for starch without all of the carbs. For a holiday treat, stir in some cream cheese and create a smooth texture that takes this dish up to a yummy new level.

Never baked spaghetti squash?

It’s easy. My wife, Debi and I have enjoyed exploring this tasty vegetable. The video below shows how to cut, bake and prepare a simple and delicious spaghetti squash side dish.

Reform Your Rice Dishes

We’ve found Veggie Gimme Lean Ground Sausage to be a great tasting alternative for real sausage. Add to brown rice dishes to create a full flavored, healthy side dish.

If you still want a more traditional starch meal, consider a dish made with brown rice. While not exactly low carbs, it is better for you than refined white rice. Plus if you load up the side dish with mushrooms, veggies and sausage, you won’t eat as much rice. We’ve tried the vegetarian Gimme Lean Ground Sausage and really liked the bold sausage-like flavor.

Try either of these alternatives, and you’ll might want to retire that plate of mashed potatoes.

Explore New Greens

Yes, it’s possible to have a holiday meal without that old style green bean casserole. Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of this dish, but its’ always been a part of the holidays as long as I can remember.

Visit Kale for the Holidays

Explore a flavorful and healthy green like kale. If you want a creamy texture, toss the kale with almonds and Parmesan cheese. With just a fraction of the carbs, you get a creamy, crunchy and flavorful dish.

Delicious Kale Side Dish Videos I Found on YouTube

I’ve become fascinated with the healthy benefits of eating kale. Here are two videos I found that share delicious ways to prepare Kale as a delicious side dish.

Wonderful video by Dr. John La Puma, MD of ChefMD on the health benefits of kale. He also shows how to create a delicious Garlicky kale side dish.

Dr. Anastasia of Healthy Mama Info shares a very quick and yummy kale salad recipe.

Listen to Popeye and Eat Your Spinach

Creamed spinach is always tasty. Make it low carb by using almond flour to thicken a white sauce instead of flour. Add some sliced almonds for a bit of crunch.

Don’t Let Stuffing Get You Stuffed

Stuffing can take us way off of the low carb journey. It’s hard to replace that stuffing texture, but with some creativity, you can create a sensational medley taste alternative.

Squash the Use of Bread Crumbs

Slice yellow squash into cubes, then add cauliflower, sausage (see above) and lot’s of celery, onions, nuts and some herbs.

Baked at 350 degrees for 25 minutes and this dish will deliver a mouthful of flavors and textures. You could even add apples to add some sweetness to the dish.

Don’t Forget Salads

Make salads exciting and they can help fill you up without feeling like you missed out. Use crispy spinach and mixed greens with a few of your favorite vegetables tossed in. Add in goat cheese for a bold taste. Toss in nuts and some fresh savory herbs and you’ve got a flavorful healthy side dish.

Don’t be afraid to break with tradition. Middle age is a time for exploring and new holiday foods can be a fun way to doing so. Your taste buds will be captivated and you might not return to those classic dishes.

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