Some foods just scream Christmas. Candy canes, ham, baked turkey, and pumpkin pie are all signs that the holidays are here. These are the things that make the holidays special. These are the comfort foods that everyone looks forward to when they think of Christmas.
But sometimes eating during the holidays can be a bit of a challenge. If you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle then you will likely find yourself choosing between your favorite holiday foods and your health. This is why so many people backslide on their diets this time of the year. It isn’t because they don’t want to keep eating healthy, it is simply because they only have one or two days every year to eat certain foods, and that can be too hard to pass up.
But there is good news, when you are eating paleo you can still enjoy many of your favorite Christmas comfort foods without worrying about packing on the pounds or slipping up on your diet. For instance, because you are able to eat meat on the paleo diet, you can have all of the turkey and ham that your heart desires. You can also fill up on most of the vegetables with little guilt. Favorites like glazed carrots and roasted vegetables are easy to turn into a paleo dish and they are delicious to boot.
Mashed potatoes are a bit of a ‘grey’ area on the paleo diet and most paleo eaters will eat them sparingly or skip them all together. But that is your decision based on what is best for you. If you would rather not have potatoes you can also make your own batch of mashed sweet potatoes to take with you.
When it comes to sides like green bean casserole and stuffing you will have to make your own paleo version of the recipes to eat at Christmas dinner. Thankfully, there are plenty of delicious recipes online that are easy to make and healthy as well. There are also many paleo foods that serve as substitutions for more popular foods. Using these can help you turn your recipes into a reality. For example, paleo bread can be used in stuffing and paleo dressing can be used in coleslaw.
Christmas is a special time of year and the foods that you eat at Christmas dinner are a big part of the holiday tradition. Stick with the holiday classics listed above to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle while spending time with loved ones.