So recently I discovered that you can easily fit wine into a low-carb/Keto diet! I just generally assumed that because wine is made from fermented fruit it would be oozing with carbohydrates.
Mostly, I really miss cooking with wine. You have to admit, a nice wine braised beef is fantastic! Moderation is the key, I’m not telling you to drink a whole bottle, but a glass on special occasions will definitely fit into a low carb diet!
These numbers are based on 5 oz servings.
*Red wines to enjoy:
- Merlot: 3.7 carbs
- Pinot Noir: 3.4 carbs
- Cabernet Sauvignon: 3.8 carbs
- Burgundy: 5.46 carbs
- Shiraz/Syrah: 3.79 carbs
*White wines to enjoy:
- Chardonnay: 3.7 carbs
- Pinot Gris/Grigio: 3.2 carbs
- Riesling: 5.5 carbs
- Champagne/Sparking whites: 1.5 carbs
- Sauvignon Blanc: 3 carbs
Glühwein is the name for mulled wines in German-speaking countries. You can get this citrusy warm beverage in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and few other German-speaking areas. Glühwein is exceptionally popular during the Christmas holidays and is commonly served in outdoor Christmas markets along with a variety of other holiday foods and hand-made crafts.
These Christmas markets have tents that have been set up for so people can sit down and get warm while sipping hot mulled wine or beer as a break from Christmas shopping. For Germans, Glühwein is an integral part of the Christmas experience.
So to celebrate the holidays and as a gift to my readers I have a $100 Amazon gift card to giveaway courtesy of The Amazon Wine Store. You can use this to stock up on your favorite wines or use it basically for anything your heart desires on Amazon!
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Here are a few pictures of our Christmas Market adventures in Kaiserslautern and Stuttgart, Germany and a low-carb version of gluhwein!
Keto Mulled Wine
- 1 orange
- 5 whole cloves
- 3 whole star anise pods
- 1 piece (1 inch) peeled fresh ginger, thinly sliced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup of Swerve (or your favorite Keto sugar replacement)
- 1 bottle (750 mL) red or white wine (cheap wines are ok, but it has to be a wine you would drink by the glass normally. So no box or cooking wines!)
- Peel orange in strips using a vegetable peeler, being careful not to remove any pith (the white part). Push cloves into peel.
- Combine clove-studded orange peel, the star anise, cinnamon, ginger, water, and Swerve in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and add wine. Let stand for 20 minutes to mull.
- Just before serving, gently reheat mulled wine over medium heat until just beginning to simmer. Do not boil!
- Serve warm.
My favorite low carb holiday food is pumpkin dip.
Ohh! That sounds delicious! Is it sweet or savory?
My favorite holiday food is Carmel Bread Pudding. It’s delicious. http://spoonsandfires.blogspot.com/2013/02/carmel-bread-pudding.html
I like Sugar-Free Gingerbread Cocktail .
You have to have Swedish Meatballs…
I’m still trying to find a great paleo friendly spiced hot chocolate recipe. I’m not a fan of stevia sweetened chocolate though. That’s my favorite beverage though.
This is so timely. I am starting my low carb diet on January 1st. Reading about the low card nature of wines is inspiring 😉 One of my favorite foods is potatoes. My husband makes a garlic mashed “potato” dish that uses Cauliflower instead of potatoes. It is SO good, and totally satisfies my need for potatoes.
Kelly! We eat cauliflower mash at our house all the time! It’s so versitile! I made one with roasted poblano peppers, cilantro and cheddar cheese the other night with steaks and it was AHHHHMAZING!
Aw, I miss the christmas market! We eat Fondue on Christmas every year! Delicious meat cooked in fat – can’t get more keto than that 🙂
Ohhhh my goodness! That is such a GREAT idea for a blog post! I keep eyeing all kinds of vintage fondue pots at the antique shops here!
My favorite low carb food is roasted turkey breast
I love stuffed, roasted red peppers.
My favorite low carb holiday drink is water. I rarely drink anything else.
My favorite holiday low carb drink is a classic Dirty Vodka Martini. One of my favorites.
I love apple cider for a low card holiday drink.
Oh how many carbs in a Viognier (White)???
According to MyFitnessPal there are 3 carbs in a five ounce serving 🙂
Hmm. Good question! Apple cider is a favorite of mine. .
Roasted turkey breast is a low carb holiday treat!
I love turkey the most.
I like sparkling cider.
My favorite low carb drink would have to be water.
Tasty Apple cider! 🙂
My favorite low carb food is chicken!
Chardonnay will always be my favorite
I really love kefir!!
I tend to drink water most of the time!
I like to have turkey wrapped in bacon and them broiled. We always have a bit of leftover turkeyit seems!
We love a hot cider with Tupelo honey,thanks
My favorite low carb drink is a nice cup of hot apple cider. Nice treat in the fall and winter.
Love cauliflower — so many different ways to fix it.
I drink water most of the time. Even on holidays.
My fave low carb food would have to be baked chicken with a nice brown seasoned rice.
I like roasted turkey breast
Banana bread or pumpkin bread!
My favorite holiday food is turkey and dressing.
My favorite drink is mulled cider for the holidays.
My favorite low carb drink is water with lemon or lime slices
I love, love, love my husband’s Smoked Turkey Breast with Cajun Seasonings!
My favorite is pumpkin dip, or whip cream 🙂
I love egg, sausage and veggie casserole on Christmas morning!
low fat monkey bread
I like hot cider on cold evenings !! 🙂
I love broccoli casserole
I love meats and I like to snack on raisins!
I love meats and raisins are my favorite snack
I love meats that are baked and raisins are my favorite snacks
My favorite low carb drink is hot chocolate.
Do you live here in Germany? I live in Jettenbach, a small village just north of Kaiserslautern. I just started my low carb journey on Trim Healthy Mama and find your recipes so awesome. I have about 60 lbs to lose after a baby. We could create our own support group! 😊
I have been living in Germany for a little over 4 years now and love the Christmas Markets and drinking the Gluhwein! I started my THM journey in Jan 2015 and am down 35 lbs. I am finding it a bit of a challenge to find the things I need, but thank goodness for THM store and Amazon. Love your Bagel Dog recipe btw, it is awesome. Makes a great Pizza crust!
Thanks for the recipe after living 3 years in Germany I really feel like Gluhwein is Christmas as far as drinks go. Just wish it’d get cold here in TX!
Where did you live in Germany? We were near Ramstien! We moved to NC after and now we are back but in Belgium this time!