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Healthy Thanksgiving Alternatives

If you're looking to make your Thanksgiving meal a bit healthier without sacrificing flavor, there are plenty of healthy thanksgiving alternatives and substitutions you can consider. Here are some ideas for healthier Thanksgiving alternatives:


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Turkey:

  • Opt for lean cuts of turkey, and consider roasting or grilling instead of frying.

  • Remove the skin before serving to reduce saturated fat content.


Stuffing:

  • Use whole grain or multigrain bread instead of white bread for the stuffing.

  • Add more vegetables, such as celery, onions, and carrots, to increase fiber and nutrients.

  • Use low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth instead of full-sodium versions.


Mashed Potatoes:

  • Mix in cauliflower or sweet potatoes with regular potatoes to add nutrients and reduce the starch content.

  • Use low-fat milk or chicken broth instead of heavy cream or whole milk.

  • Try mashed sweet potatoes for a naturally sweet alternative.


Gravy:

  • Use low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth as the base for gravy.

  • Skim off excess fat before making the gravy.

  • Add herbs and spices for flavor instead of relying on excessive salt.


Cranberry Sauce:

  • Make your own cranberry sauce using fresh cranberries, orange juice, and a small amount of natural sweetener instead of buying canned versions with added sugars.

  • Reduce the sugar content by using alternatives like honey or maple syrup in moderation.


Vegetable Side Dishes:

  • Roast vegetables with a small amount of olive oil instead of frying or using excessive butter.

  • Incorporate a variety of colorful vegetables for a range of nutrients.


Green Bean Casserole:

  • Make a lighter version by using fresh green beans and a homemade mushroom sauce with reduced-fat ingredients.

  • Top with almonds instead of fried onions for added crunch.


Sweet Potato Casserole:

  • Use less sugar in the sweet potato mixture.

  • Top with chopped nuts or a crumb topping instead of marshmallows.


Bread Rolls:

  • Choose whole-grain or whole-wheat rolls for added fiber.

  • Consider serving a smaller quantity or making smaller rolls to help with portion control.


Desserts:

  • Serve a fruit salad or a fruit-based dessert as a healthier alternative to traditional pies.

  • Make crustless pumpkin pie or use a whole-grain crust for added fiber.





Remember, moderation is key, and it's okay to enjoy some traditional favorites in smaller portions. Additionally, staying active and incorporating physical activity into your holiday plans can contribute to an overall healthier Thanksgiving celebration.


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