Healthier Versions of All Your Thanksgiving Faves
Thanksgiving is the ultimate day of the year where we gather with family and friends over a beautiful spread of favorite home-style foods. But with Christmas right around the corner too, it’s easy to go overboard on all the delicious holiday treats. Instead of watching what you eat and counting calories, have your pumpkin pie and eat it too with these healthier versions of classic Thanksgiving recipes! Mix and match these recipes to create a healthier Thanksgiving table without sacrificing flavor so you won’t feel so bad taking second (or even third) helpings.
Mashed Garlic Cauliflower (instead of Mashed Potatoes)
Thanksgiving is a carb-heavy day in general, so consider switching the all-carb mashed potato side for a creamy, delicious substitute: mashed cauliflower! This dish is so flavorful with the same texture as potato, we bet your kiddos won’t even know the difference.
TIP: If you’re worried about going full cauliflower, opt for a half and half mash and work in some potatoes!
You can’t have mash without the gravy! This hearty mushroom gravy is a vegetarian, low-sodium alternative to greasy beef-based gravy.
TIP: If you can’t find the allusive mushroom broth for this recipe, opt for vegetable (to keep it meat-free) or chicken broth instead!
Think Green Bean Casserole is already healthy? Think again! But with this tweaked GBC recipe, you can proudly serve a vegetable dish that tastes great without sacrificing nutritional value.
TIP: Can’t go without those crispy fried onions on top? Try using half sauteed onions and half crispy, so you still get the crunch but with half the calories!
Before you reach for the white bread, opt for whole-wheat for a well-rounded apple-studded stuffing, a delectably sweet and healthier option than traditional stuffing.
TIP: Add some walnuts for extra texture and to give this dish a heart-healthy kick up!
Save the marshmallows for s’mores because trust us, you won’t miss the marshmallow topping on this sweet and savory dessert!
No Thanksgiving meal is complete without a specialty pie! For all you dessert lovers, this pumpkin pie recipe is low-carb, sugar-free, and guilt-free!
Wishing all of you a healthy and hearty Thanksgiving!
November 12, 2019