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Category: Treats

Low-Carb “White” Mint Julep

Many of us have memories of mint juleps in summertime. While it’s certainly a cooling drink perfect for the intense summer heat, winter’s quintessential flavors also claim mint among them. With a bright taste and fresh bite, mint juleps are often made with bourbon and syrup. That’s a little heavy (and sweet), however, for those on a lower-carb protocol like Primal or keto.

Here’s a lighter, less potent version of a julep with just as much classic flavor. Mix up a garnished pitcher for your guests at your next party.

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Low-Carb Ginger Bliss

Everyone enjoys a drink at holiday parties, and going low-carb shouldn’t mean having to entirely abstain. Not everyone wants hard liquor straight up, however.

Here’s one perfect choice for the low-carb cocktail hour. With your favorite dry white wine and club soda (or sparkling water) flavored with the classic pairing of ginger and lemon, our Ginger Bliss version is a fizzy and festive option or you or your low-carb guests.

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Low-Carb Mulled Wine

Cocktails are always welcome, but this time of year nothing rings in the festivities like traditional mulled wine. Warm, spicy and rich, it’s the perfect drink for both comfort and celebration.

Regular mulled wine recipes include a hefty dose of sugar, but that’s unnecessary when you take advantage of the many incredible varieties of natural low-carb sweeteners out there. All the flavor, none of the added sugar. Tradition is back on the table.

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Low-Carb Holiday Sangria

Sangria is a drink that takes on the feel and flavor of whatever fruits you put in it. Citrus, apples, even peaches are often used for traditional summer versions of both the “red” and “white” recipes. But we think this holiday version is the best yet. Light, fruity and festive, white wine and seltzer are brightened up by cheery pomegranate seeds and cranberries for a tart taste and fresh finish—all with a beautiful presentation that will add wow-factor to your cocktail serving or dinner table.

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Sweet Potato Pie

Second only to the bird itself is, for many people, pie. Not just any pie will do on this day. There’s a finely tuned range of tastes to be orchestrated, and the finale isn’t to be compromised. One classic variety, most will agree, is sweet potato pie.

While some recipes take this the way of confectionary, that doesn’t have to be the case. Pie, done well, doesn’t have to taste like candy. But there should be a light sweetness and, in this case, a rich, creamy texture. This recipe delivers on all fronts.

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Grain-Free Pumpkin Spice Granola

Many of you enjoyed the Low-Carb Pumpkin Bread a few weeks ago, and we thought we’d cook up another pumpkin treat before the season passes. For a special breakfast or an afternoon indulgence, this grain-free granola is full on taste and relatively low in carbs (10 grams per serving).

For those who miss the crunchiness of morning cereal or otherwise crave a lot of texture, this recipe is for you. Nuts and seeds are soaked overnight to reduce anti-nutrients. Coconut flakes add rich flavor (and healthy fats), and dates or golden raisins add just enough sweetness to this fall favorite.

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