Healthy and Yummy Thanksgiving

Posted 11/21/2014 | By HealthCorps

Let the Thanksgiving food fest begin with these lighter, tasty recipes for breakfast, lunch and the big feast.

The Lean Pumpkin Shake from Candace Kumai – http://www.candicekumai.com/recipes/happy-fall-lean-pumpkin-shake/

Mint and Cranberry Quinoa Salad from Candace Kumai – http://www.candicekumai.com/recipes/mint-cranberry-quinoa-salad/

Citrus-Stuffed Turkey (You can halve the butter) – http://parade.condenast.com/28739/jonnybowden/citrus-stuffed-herbed-turkey/

Light Herb Stuffing (you can substitute egg whites for eggs) – http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/simply-herby-stuffing

Curry Pumpkin Walnut Soup ( from our partners at The California Walnut Board)

Curry Pumpkin Walnut Soup


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon mild curry paste
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 8-ounce cans of pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup finely chopped, toasted California walnuts
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 4 tablespoons plain yogurt, for garnish
  • 4 tablespoons toasted California walnuts, for garnish
  • 4 sprigs fresh herbs (sage, parsley, thyme), for garnish


  1. In large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, salt and pepper and cook, without browning, until onions are tender and translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in curry paste and cook one minute more.
  2. Stir in broth and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, add pumpkin and milk and simmer for about 10 minutes. Do not bring back to boil or soup will separate!
  3. Stir in finely chopped walnuts and heat a few minutes longer. (NOTE: Soup can be pureed in small batches in a blender or left chunky.)
  4. Serve in warmed bowls, garnished with a dollop of plain yogurt, a sprig of fresh herbs and toasted walnut pieces.

Baked Butternut Squash from Stahlbush Farms – http://www.stahlbush.com/recipe/baked-butternut-squash/

Why not finish off the meal with a fruit salad and a thin slice of this “Lighter” Skinny Pumpkin Pie – http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/11/skinny-pumpkin-pie.html

Quick tip: Try to stand up between courses and take a walk after the main meal, before digging into dessert. You need to pace yourself while consuming those extra calories, and those breaks will also help you to feel full and limit your portion sizes.

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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