Media Release – Yes, you can have a low carb Christmas!

Carbs By NumbersYes, you can have a low carb Christmas!

carbs by numbers has published a recipe book full of low carb festive fare.


The carbs by numbers team has delivered, and just in the nick of time.

Its newly published cook book, carbs by numbers – low carb recipe options – Christmas, provides good looking and great tasting low carb recipes so no-one has to miss out on traditional fare this festive season.

Anyone wanting to keep their carbs in check and avoid the ‘post Christmas crash diet’ are assured the recipes are also gluten free and diabetic friendly with some that are vegetarian, vegan, egg-free and/or nut free.

From breakfast and mains to party food and treats, the new Christmas book includes meals to make ahead and last minute options. Plus, there is a selection of festive drinks such as Pomegranate and Mint Gin Fizz and Blueberry Mocktail.

All the recipes have 15 grams of carbs or less per serve with some stand-outs in terms of the low carb value such as Cranberry Nut Roast, Roast Loin of Pork with Baked Apples, Cream Cheese Mince Pies, Sherry Berry Trifle and Mocha Cream Truffles.

Like their first carbs by numbers cook book launched mid 2015, authors Sandra Dunbar and Meg Pell have included an extended nutrition panel with each recipe providing values of energy (kj and cal), protein, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, carbohydrate, sugars, dietary fibre, vitamin C, total vitamin A, sodium, potassium and iron.

The new 80-page book also has a stunning full page colour photo for every recipe.

Sandra Dunbar said it took approximately six months to test the recipes and make the final selection for the book.

“When we were doing our first book, 15g carbs or less, we noticed that a festive season-specific book with low carbs didn’t appear to be available,” Sandra said.

“We worked with traditional Christmas recipes and adjusted them to low carb using easily available ingredients. We also tried to include as many vegetarian options as we could in every category.

“Anyone who enjoys a low carb diet won’t need any other book to have a low carb Christmas. Plus, most of the recipes are suitable for year-round use.”

carbs by numbers – low carb recipe options – Christmas was printed in Australia and is available in softback from all good bookstores* and at It has a RRP of $19.95. The eBook is available on Kobo, Amazon and iBooks for $7.95.


About the authors:

Sandra Dunbar and Meg Pell live on the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne, Australia. Both are successful business owners. The decision to create a partnership and publish a series of recipe books was made in 2013 when the idea of taking a fresh look at carbs took shape. This has evolved into recipe development sessions where high carb foods are substituted with natural ingredient combinations. Their first book, carbs by numbers recipe options 15g carbs or less per serve was published in mid 2015. A third book is already in the pipeline and due for release in early 2016. The wonderful food styling and photography was by Georgia McDermott.


Below are an example of different recipes in the book:

Devilled eggs with red chilli and black sesame seeds

Pomegranate and mint gin fizz

Cranberry nut roast

Roasted sweet potato, pickled beetroot and horseradish yoghurt


Raspberry and pistachio semifreddo

Microwave Christmas puddings

Cream cheese mince pies