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9 Best Low-Carb Festive Sides & Trimmings

Rachel Lett, RNutr

Chief Care Officer


It's here, the last piece to the ultimate Christmas feast — low-carb sides and trimmings to complete your meal.

Christmas dinner is steeped in tradition, and everyone has their favourite foods, but I urge you to break the mould a little. Try some of these irresistible traditional Christmas foods, with a low-carb twist. I guarantee you wont miss the carb coma. Fill your plate,  fill your glass, and give a toast to good health!

Happy Christmas, everyone!

Orange & Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce is sharp and gently spiced, as it should be.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin

The humble brussel, boiled and simply seasoned with salt, pepper and butter is a firm favourite of mine, but when you're wanting to entice the resistance brussel eater, you need to be a bit more creative!
This is a creamy, salty, crispy gratin, that would easily take the place of the traditional potato version.

Pork & Walnut Stuffing

For most people, the stuffing is the best part of a meal, and it's your chance to go to town with Christmas flavours.
Traditionally, stuffing will have breadcrumbs, but this recipe shows that they're unnecessary. This is simply a guide to no-bread stuffing, so have a play around with your own, favourite flavours.


A good gravy brings together a Sunday roast — it bestows a lick of flavour on everything it touches.
Gravies are traditionally made with flour to thicken, but in my option, this ruins a good gravy. All you need is the sweet nectar of meat juices —there's enough gelatine and fat to make a lip-smacking, silky smooth jus.

Cauliflower Mash

This is one of those recipes that will make you question why high carb has taken the glory for so long. Creamy, smooth and full of flavour, cauliflower mash would easily knocked potato off its pedestal — I’m afraid, you’re second rate these days, old chum.

Roasted Radish

Fresh and roasted radishes are two different species. One; crisp, fresh and peppery; and the other, soft, caramelised, and dare I say it, potato like! Try them with your favourite roasts and see for yourself!

Creamed Spinach

A dreamy, creamy way to eat your greens. Creamed spinach is an all rounder that can be paired with any meat or fish, and enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Cauliflower Cheese

Bubbling, blistering, cheesy cauliflower, without a béchamel in sight—a different species to school-dinner cauli… don’t be surprised if your family and friends fight you for it!

Salty, Snappy, Sesame Broccoli

f you’ve got a craving for salt and vinegar crisps, then these are the ‘real deal’. Sometimes I like to add a generous helping of salt and vinegar to make my face snap—you know the one?! Add as much or as little to find your perfect level of lip smacking or face snapping!

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Happy Christmas!


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