How to Eat Healthy On Thanksgiving (No Really)

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Thanksgiving is the the one day when we all have the excuse to stuff our faces and have no shame. Food comas are expected and after attacking our food with seconds (or maybe be that person who eats more than two servings. I may or may not have been that person; don’t judge me!), we all feel some sort of motivation to ensure that we eat better for the next holiday (real talk, how many of us actually achieve this goal?)

While nothing ever beats the yummy goodness that are the main Thanksgiving dishes of mashed potatoes, stuffing, pie (#pieislife), etc.,  it would be nice to be able to enjoy the holiday while cutting some calories in the process. You may think it’s difficult, but it’s actually not that hard to create healthy alternatives that can be placed on that dinner table.

After all, if our entrees are healthier, we can eat even more and feel better about it right? Let’s just say that answer will be yes!

Here’s some healthy alternatives to the traditional Thanksgiving dishes:

  1. Mashed Potatoes–> Sweet Potatoes

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Rather than mashed potatoes, how about mashed sweet potatoes? They will offer health benefits and your body will appreciate the vitamins versus starch of regular potatoes. The possibilities are endless for these potatoes! You can make pie, casserole and even a rice pilaf.

Check out a recipe from Table for Two for a killer Mashed Sweet Potato

2. Green Bean Casserole–> Lean Bean Casserole

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Green Bean Casserole tends to be a Thanksgiving staple, so when there’s a healthy recipe that only includes 4-ingredients, count us in on ensuring this entree is on our dinner table!

Rather than using calorie-loading ingredients, the key change is using 98% fat-free condensed soup and onion-flavored soy crisps.

Check out the recipe on: http://www.hungry-girl.com/show/holiday-rockin-lean-bean-casserole-recipe

3. White Dinner Rolls–> Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

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Whether we like to admit it or not, carbs tend to be our best friends. We all can’t help but fall victim to the bread basket of dinner rolls and splashing them with melted butter.

Just because bread gets a bad rep, doesn’t mean it isn’t simple to make healthier. Rather than white bread, focus on making your dinner rolls with whole-wheat based ingredients.

This Martha Stewart recipe is the kind of recipe in which we  can proudly ask for that bread basket one more time: http://www.marthastewart.com/259553/whole-wheat-rye-rolls

5. Stuffing–> Apple Cranberry Stuffing

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Thanks to Hungry Girl, a new spin on traditional stuffing not only makes it healthier, but sweet and savory at the same time. Simply by mixing apples and cranberries with the corn-bread mixture makes this Thanksgiving staple fresher and healthier.

Recipe: http://www.hungry-girl.com/recipe-makeovers/show/1646-low-fat-apple-cornbread-stuffing-recipe

6. Pumpkin Pie

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Pumpkin Pie is a must for Thanksgiving, so why not try to make it even better by adding the sweetness of dates, pecan halves and having the whole-grain benefits of rolled oats? Using non-dairy ingredients and dates as a filling, this Pumpkin Pie recipe is worthy of trying. This recipe is surely not to be a disappointment.

Recipe: http://www.straightupfood.com/blog/2013/11/22/pumpkin-pie/

This article was also recently published on the Haute Mess ! Be sure to check it out! 🙂

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