A Healthier Thanksgiving

Posted 11/20/2012 | By HealthCorps

Here are some easy tips that allow you to enjoy a nutritious, delicious and calorie savvy holiday meal celebration:

  • Consider stuffing the turkey with citrus, like oranges, lemons and limes
  • Create a wild rice and vegetable stuffing rich in nutrients and fiber
  • Use healthier oils like olive oil and vegetable oils in lieu of butter, margarine
  • Swap out the cream ingredient in recipes, and use evaporated skim milk and Greek low-fat yogurt in recipes
  • Start the meal with a healthy soup made from root vegetables, and a salad dressed with a balsamic/olive oil dressing
  • Only serve salad, vegetables and fruit family style on the table
  • Use mini marshmallows spaced out on top of the sweet potato casserole instead of large ones and add apple butter or unsweetened applesauce to reduce butter and fat in the recipe
  • Replace the typical rich green bean casserole topped with fried onions, with string beans steamed over garlic
  • Poach pears or bake apples for dessert and create “mini” desserts with dark chocolate for portion-controlled, healthier treats
  • Use smaller utensils, plates and tall skinny glasses to create visual food presentations that seem larger
  • Make low calorie hot chocolate with pure cocoa and powdered non fat milk
  • Serve tea and flavored waters instead of alcoholic beverages and soda
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