Recipes for a healthy holiday season


Mulled wine with blueberries and ginger

The holiday season is here. This is a wonderful time of the year, but also one that can be difficult. The sugar over-doses succeed one another – chocolate boxes, holiday cookies and sweet drinks are just the beginning. The result, among other things, is that many people start the new year with more unwanted extra pounds.

At the same time we want to enjoy and have a good time with our loved ones. Could we do this in a way without harming ourselves? We invited four interesting LCHF profiles to the Swedish blog, where they share their best tips and recipes for treats without excessive amounts of bad carbohydrates.

First out among them is the popular Swedish cookbook author and blogger Birgitta Höglund. Here are her best recipes and tips:

Holiday with Wonderful Smells and Flavors

hoglundIn recent years I’ve celebrated the holiday season in a different way. Lennart and I have escaped the darkness and cold of Sweden and spent December in our rented apartment in Alanya, Turkey.

But traditions are important, so I bring some of my holiday favorites with me.

To me, the holiday season is strongly associated with aromas. The week before Christmas I usually decorate the kitchen with oranges with a beautiful pattern of cloves. A wooden bowl filled with red apples sits on our kitchen table.

Small almond cookies, flavored with coconut and saffron, smell delicious fresh from the oven. A glass of ginger-laced mulled wine will go great with them.

These simple things bring warmth, light and wonderful scents right to the soul. The scents remind us of our childhood holidays, and not much more is needed to enjoy a cozy holiday season evening.

Here are recipes for some simple and delicious dishes to enjoy this holiday season. The mulled wine (Swedish glögg), salmon and the cookies make for wonderful holiday season treats. Santa’s scrambled eggs are great both as a breakfast or as a simple dinner.

Mulled Wine with Blueberries and Ginger

  • hoglund16001 quart (1 liter) blackberries or blueberries
  • 1 cup (2 dl) water
  • 20 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise fruits
  • 1-2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • Juice from 1 lime

Bring berries and water to a boil. Add spices and let simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in ginger and lime juice, and let the mulled wine cool off. Serve as is or lace with a little vodka.

If you want the mulled wine a little sweeter stir in a little honey, or some other sweetener.


Almond Cookies with Coconut and Saffron

Dec 16 008

  • 1 cup (2 dl) almond flour
  • ⅔ cup (1.5 dl) dry, unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ounce (25 g) butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey, or some other sweetener
  • a pinch (0.5 g) saffron
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground psyllium husks
  • whole almonds for garnish

Melt butter with the saffron to bring out more flavor from this precious spice.

Mix the egg with the sweetener. Stir in coconut, psyllium husk and ground almonds.  Pour in the cooled butter and mix the batter well.

Refrigerate for half an hour to swell. Roll into small balls and place on baking paper. I got 20 small cookies from this batch.

Press one almond into each cookie. Bake cookies at 350° F (175° C) for 15 minutes. Let cool on a rack.

Salmon Bundles, 4 Servings


  • 8 slices of sliced smoked salmon
  • 5 ounces Feta cheese
  • 8 chive stalks
  • ¼ cup (0.5 dl) diced red bell pepper
  • fresh herbs for garnish

Lay out the salmon slices in the shape of a cross. Divide the cheese, and add a piece centered on each salmon cross. Fold in the edges and tie around with a chive stalk.

Place the bundles in an ovenproof dish, greased with olive oil. Bake in oven at 400°F (200°C) for 10 minutes.

The bundles are of course also great to eat cold.

Santa’s Scrambled Eggs, 1 Serving

  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup (0.5 dl) heavy whipping cream
  • ½ apple
  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Salt

Whisk together eggs and whipping cream with a little salt. Dice the apple. Brown the butter and briefly sauté apple dices, almonds and cinnamon. Pour in the egg mixture and keep stirring all the way from the bottom.

Remove saucepan from heat after a minute and keep stirring some more. Mix in some more cream if you like a creamier scramble. Salt to taste.


Thank you to our first holiday season guest host and I’m looking forward to the upcoming three.

What do you think about the tips? Do you have any good ones yourself? Feel free to leave a comment below.


Holiday Gift Suggestions

Birgitta Höglund’s cookbooks will be available in English from in 2015:



  1. Mary
    Love getting new recipes, especially ones that are easy to prepare. All three of these look great! the one I am most looking forward to is the egg recipe! Thanks for sharing.
  2. hugh
    These all sound so festive. I'm looking forward to trying them. But should there be some WINE in the "mulled wine" recipe? Or am I missing something?
  3. Libby at
    I especially love the salmon parcels and the little elves. This is what we will be serving over the festive and holiday season. I love the idea of us sharing our holiday ideas. We can see how to make the christmas season healthy and still fun celebrating with others.
  4. Chrissy
    Great to see a few festive recipes. Be good maybe to have a dedicated recipe area where followers of LCHF could post a few of their personal favourite recipes they use. After all, we all have to eat! Fond festive wishes Andreas to you and your family and all the staff who make Diet Doctor website in English possible. May you all enjoy this special family time and may 2015 be good to you all :)
  5. Tyrannocaster
    Wineless mulled wine? Is this an error or is it intentional?
    Reply: #7
  6. BobM
    Thank you very much for these recipes. I try to avoid eating anything that might be considered to be a dessert (as they tend to bring back sugar cravings), but I might try these cookies. And I also might try the other recipes, too.
  7. Inger Swanberg Team Diet Doctor
    This recipe for mulled wine ("glögg" in Swedish) is meant to be wineless. However, glögg is often based on wine. Just not this one.
  8. John Hale
    I have only been on the LCHF life style for 3 weeks. In that time I have shed 5kg and took the trouble to visit my doctor and review my baseline liver, iron, blood sugar, psa, cholesterol .
    All results showed changes for the the point where the doctor stated that at 73 years of age, I had figures associated with a healthy 40-50 year old.
    Further, blood pressure measurements had moved from 155/95 to 124/76.
    A big thanks to Professor Tim Noakes (University of Cape Town) for his inspirational motivation
  9. Chrissy
    I'm sure this belongs SOMEWHERE on this site.. just not sure where exactly lol!

  10. Lexi
    Holiday season is coming, i love this moment. Good time, nice food too like salmon bundles above, yummy...

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