Trimming Down Thanksgiving Dinner
The average American consumes roughly 3,500 to 4,000 calories onThanksgiving Day. Calories add up fastwhenyou’re loading your plate with candied yams, buttered potatoes and creamy casseroles. You can lighten up your Thanksgiving, without sacrificing those once-a-year traditions, with a few simple changes.
#1 Plate it Right
You might not be able to change traditional recipes, especially if you’re nothosting the feast, but you can use the portion plate method. Fill half of your plate with veggies (unbuttered if available), one quarter with starch (corn, potatoes, stuffing), and one quarter lean protein (turkey breast). Save extra calories by removing any skin from your turkey!
#2 Better Spuds
Try out a new potato recipe that your family is sure to love! Instead of mashed potatoes, try smashed potatoes.Keep the skin on for more fiber; add fat free sour cream, skim milk and season with salt, pepper, fresh chives and plenty of garlic! These spuds will not disappoint!
#3 Go Easy on the Gravy
Limit your gravy portion to about 1-2 tablespoons and serve yourself with a soup spoon rather than a ladle. This will shave off a few hundred calories, depending on how the gravy is prepared. If you’re preparing the gravy, use corn starch as a thickener and skip the turkey drippings, which can quadruple your gravy’s fat and calorie content!
#4 Skip the Bread
Between the stuffing, sweet potatoes, and corn, you’ll get your fair share of starches. Don’t add high calorie buttered dinner rolls and croissants to your meal You can save up to 200 calories per roll!
#5 Keep Veggies Simple
Who says you need to make the same string bean and sweet potato casserole every year? Preparing
vegetables with a few simple ingredients can wow your guests even more than masking the veggie’s natural
flavors with too much butter and sugar!
- Sauté fresh green beans with chopped shallots and sliced mushrooms in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Drizzle with a lemon vinaigrette and serve.
- Make a harvest blend of diced sweet potatoes, butternut and acorn squash and turnips. Roast with ¼ cup of maple syrup and a few tablespoon of fresh squeeze orange juice for the perfect amount of sweetness.
With these tips you’ll enjoy a lighter Thanksgiving and start the holiday season off on the right track. Happy