4,000 calories. Thatâ€™s how much a traditional Thanksgiving meal could cost you.
Now most of us donâ€™t have room to add a couple thousand calories to our daily diet and most of us arenâ€™t planning to spend all of Black Friday in the gym. For the common Thanksgiving meal consumer itâ€™s best to take a more strategic approach. This year, go to Grandmaâ€™s with an eating game plan in mind. And if youâ€™re hosting this yearâ€™s feast then go ahead and tweak those recipes. Youâ€™ll be glad you did.
Here we go folks. The best tips and tricks for a healthier Thanksgiving meal:
If you are doing the cooking...
- Cut back on the butter. Most holiday recipes call for loads of it. Try using only Â½ or â…” of the amount that the recipe calls for.
- Create some holiday-themed salads. Pears, cranberries, nuts, and blue cheese all taste fabulous with a big pile of mixed greens. Your diet-conscious guests will appreciate having a healthy alternative.
- Cut back on the sugar. Forget caramelizing the carrots and sweet potatoes and topping them with marshmallows. Try steaming the carrots and making a sweet potato souffle.
- Change up your green bean dish. Skip the standard green bean casserole (with cream of mushroom soup and fried onion topping). Instead, saute your beans with some shallots, salt, and pepper. Still delicious and much more nutritious.
- Use Yukon Gold Potatoes (and sneak some veggies into the mash). Yukon potatoes taste creamy so there is less need for butter. Also, try adding peas or spinach to your mashed potatoes to up your vitamin intake.
- Offer pinot noir instead of cabernet. A glass of pinot noir has four times the level of antioxidants compared to a glass of cabernet.
If youâ€™re choosing what to eat at someone else's house...
- Pick your potatoes. Go with mashed potatoes instead of the sweet potato casserole. Mashed potatoes have less calories. Save your sweet tooth for the pumpkin pie at the end. (Tip: go easy on the gravy! One cup has over 300 calories!)
- Choose Aunt Eldaâ€™s Homemade Cranberry Sauce. Homemade cranberry sauces typically have less sugar and calories than the canned store-bought variety.
- Skip the dark meat. Instead opt for turkey breast and youâ€™ll save 50% on turkey calories.
- Ignore the corn. Just because itâ€™s there doesnâ€™t mean you need to take a serving. Corn is low in nutritional value and itâ€™s just taking up room on your plate.
- Always go with the pumpkin over the pecan. The solidified corn syrup in pecan pie filling ruins any potentially redeeming value that pecan nuts might offer. Pumpkin pie is the lesser of two evils and tastes just as festive.
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