Four Low-carb Recipes for Rosh Hashanah

The holidays can be a minefield for people with blood sugar concerns. You want to enjoy yourself and join in, but you worry about how holiday foods will impact you. The Jewish New Year is coming up. And, as the holiday is marked by eating apples and honey, it’s easy for people with blood sugar concerns to feel left out.

To celebrate Rosh Hashanah, we’re sharing delicious low-carb recipes you can enjoy that give you the holiday flavors without the carbs. We want everyone to start the year out right!

Low-carb Challah


We love bread. And we love pretty, tasty bread even more than the typical types. Challah bread’s beautiful braid and shiny crust make it irresistible. But its carbs are off-putting. This version lacks the carbs but brings the taste! Challah is a lot like brioche, but it is enriched with oil instead of butter. This bread cuts, chews and tastes like normal bread, but it is a little hard to make, so be sure to read the instructions well and take your time. The nutritional information only lists net carbs as it has carbs from yeast and allulose that don’t impact blood sugar. A serving has 98 calories and 1.78 grams of net carbs. Get the recipe.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs


Meatballs and other round foods are often eaten during Rosh Hashanah to symbolize the hope for a full and well-rounded year. These sweet and sour meatballs are perfect. If you keep kosher, sub out the pork for beef and the pork rinds for low-carb bread crumbs and make sure to use coconut milk, not heavy cream. That will make this kosher while keeping it delicious! This dish is so easy to make, and you’ll love it. It’s sure to become a staple in your kitchen. A serving has 84 calories, five grams of carbs and four grams of fiber. Get the recipe.    

Keto Apple Crisp


An apple dipped in honey is not good for anyone’s blood sugar. While an apple is filled with fiber, dipping it in sugar is not a good choice. And apple desserts are notoriously hard to make low-carb. That’s why we love this option that uses zucchini to trick you into thinking you’re eating a regular apple crisp — even the shape of the “apples” is correct! This is sweet, has wonderful fall spices and is perfect for celebrating the holiday without upsetting your blood sugar. A serving has 149 calories, seven grams of carbs and three grams of fiber. Get the recipe.

Mock Noodle Kugel


Noodle kugel is one of those side dishes like Jell-O salad in that it’s sweet, but you eat it with your main course. If you aren’t Jewish, it might throw you off the first time you eat it. If you grew up with it, you love it. You can make a savory version by leaving out the cinnamon and nutmeg and adding onion and garlic. But we think you should try it as it is. It’s great and could become a go-to recipe in your house! It’s straightforward to make, delicious, filling and tastes like the holidays. A serving has 59 calories, 8.3 grams of carbs and 0.2 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.

We hope you like these recipes for the New Year and all year round. Shanah tovah!

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