Christmas on the Ketogenic Diet: Blog Roundup

Christmas

Christmas is just over a week away! As you know, when you have a child on the ketogenic diet, party and meal planning takes a little extra time. To help you prepare, we’ve compiled a list of blog posts with tips and recipe ideas for celebrating the holidays with a child on the ketogenic diet.

Do you know of any other useful blog posts or articles about celebrating the holidays on the ketogenic diet? Please let us know so that we can add it to the list! Also, please share your own tips for other parents in the comment section below.

We hope that your family has a very merry Christmas and happy holiday season!

Tips for Managing Your Child’s Ketogenic Diet over the Holidays (KetoConnect guest blogger)

KetoCal Christmas Recipe Ideas (KetoConnect)

A Keto Mom’s Tips for Managing the Holidays on the Ketogenic Diet (KetoConnect guest blogger)

Winter Holidays on the Ketogenic Diet (Epilepsy Foundation)

Holiday Baking (KetoCook)

Keto Gingerbread House & Gingerbread Men (KetoCook)

Although Hanukkah has already passed for 2015, we also have some tips and recipe ideas for families celebrating Hanukkah on the ketogenic diet in case you missed them.

Tips and Recipes for Making Valentine’s Day Fun for Your Keto Kid

Like most holidays and special occasions, Valentine’s Day can be tricky when you have a child on the ketogenic diet for epilepsy. Most Valentine’s Day celebrations involve candy and other sweets not allowed on the ketogenic diet, which can make it stressful for parents trying to ensure that their child does not consume any non-allowed foods.  Parents may also find it challenging to make the day fun despite the dietary restrictions. Fortunately, little things go a long way when it comes to making special occasions fun for kids. For today’s blog post, we have some tips and ideas for small ways to make Valentine’s Day fun and special for your keto kid.

Add a Festive Touch

You can make any meal more festive with a cute Valentine’s Day-themed straw, cup, plate, napkin, etc.

Make Everything Heart-Shaped

Another easy way to make Valentine’s Day special is to make your child’s favorite foods in the shape of a heart. Below are a few ideas:

  • Make your KetoCal pancakes into hearts by pouring the batter into a cookie cutter on the pan.
  • Make a heart-shaped KetoCal pizza by spreading the pizza dough into the shape of a heart before topping and cooking (you could do this by hand or using a larger-sized cookie cutter. Place the cookie cutter on the parchment paper and spread the dough inside of it to shape the pizza).
  • Make heart-shaped muffins or cupcakes using heart-shaped silicone baking cups.

Embrace Pink

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with pink food! Here are some recipe ideas that are pink and perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Pink KetoCal

Replace your child’s regular KetoCal with pink, strawberry-flavored KetoCal. Simply add a sugar-free, carb-free strawberry flavoring, such as DaVinci Gourmet® strawberry syrup, to the KetoCal® LQ Vanilla. If desired, add a small amount of carb-free red food coloring. Add your festive straw and voila! – You have an easy Valentine’s treat!

Raspberry or Strawberry Smoothie:

Our KetoCal Raspberry or Strawberry Smoothie recipes are naturally pink in color and perfect for Valentine’s Day. Optional–Top with whipped heavy cream sweetened with carb-free sweetener and serve with a festive straw!

Strawberry Panna Cotta:

Panna Cotta is a creamy Italian dessert. Our KetoCal Strawberry Panna Cotta recipe is tasty and perfectly-colored for a Valentine’s Day treat!

Stock Up On Awesome Non-Food Valentines

Many valentines involve candy, but non-food valentine treats, such as stickers, fun straws, glow sticks, bubbles, pencils, etc., can be just as much fun for kids. You can search on Pinterest for more non-food valentine ideas. If your child’s school is having a Valentine’s Day celebration, send along some non-food valentine treats for your child and the rest of the children to enjoy. If you are friends with the parents of other children in the class, you could share some non-food valentine ideas with them as well. There are likely other children in the class with food restrictions, such as those with food allergies, and many parents try to minimize their children’s sugar intake, so you might find that other parents embrace the awesome non-food valentine idea too!

-Mallory

 

KetoCal is a medical food and is intended for use under medical supervision. 

DaVinci Gourmet® is a registered trademark of Kerry Luxembourg S.à.r.l. and is not affiliated with Nutricia North America. 

KetoCal Christmas Recipe Ideas

Earlier this week we posted tips for celebrating the holidays with a child on the ketogenic diet. If you missed it, be sure to check it out! To go along with these tips, today we have some KetoCal recipes for making keto-friendly Christmas treats and Christmas morning breakfast ideas. If your family celebrates Hanukkah, be sure to check out our previous blog posts on celebrating Hanukkah with a child on the ketogenic diet and KetoCal Hanukkah Recipe Ideas.

As always, consult with your child’s health care provider to adjust these recipes to meet your child’s ketogenic ratio and calorie requirements.  The ketogenic diet for epilepsy should only be used under medical supervision.

Making cookies at christmas time

Favorite Christmas Treat Recipe Ideas:

KetoCal Christmas Cookies:

Make Christmas cookies using our KetoCal Almond Coconut Cookie recipe. These are your keto-version of basic “sugar” cookies (sans sugar of course). They are easy to make and a favorite around the office (people often describe them as tasting like shortbread cookies). You can make these cookies festive by adding carb-free food coloring to the batter before cooking. I like to divide the recipe in half and add red carb-free food coloring to one batch and green carb-free food coloring to the other. Another idea is to add red or green “sprinkles” to your cookies by mixing a small amount of carb-free food coloring into the Truvia before adding it on top of the cookies. You could also use small, Christmas-themed cookie cutters to make different shapes.

KetoCal Gingerbread Cookies

KetoCal Hot Chocolate

Our KetoCal Chocolate Smoothie Recipe can be used to make tasty hot chocolate by simply omitting the ice and serving it warm. This easy recipe uses 3 simple ingredients: KetoCal LQ Vanilla, unsweetened cocoa powder, and vegetable oil. Optional carb-free sweetener can be added to taste. We like to use KetoCal LQ Vanilla for this recipe but you could also use KetoCal LQ Unflavored with additional carb-free sweetener.

Other Christmas dessert ideas:

KetoCal Blackberry Crumble

KetoCal Crème Brulee

Christmas morning breakfast ideas:

KetoCal Cinnamon and Blueberry Toast

KetoCal Pancakes

KetoCal Chocolate Muffins

KetoCal Bacon & Cheese Muffins

KetoCal Blueberry Muffins

KetoCal Cheesy Ham Tart

KetoCal Cheesy Tomato Tart

 

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!

-Mallory