With America’s feasting holiday upon us, consider healthy alternatives to the main dishes that will fill your table this Thanksgiving.
- Skinless turkey breast – remove the skin to remove unwanted fat calories.
- White meat – eat white meat for an extra lean bonus.
- 2-3 portions max – our fist size is roughly 1 portion.
- Dark meat – a little added fat content.
Gravy is made of the fat drippings and butter that didn’t sink into the bird.
- If you must eat gravy, eat gravy made with fatless turkey drippings.
- Let your gravy rest for a bit. Then take off the top layer of fat.
- Canned gravy – full of sodium and preservatives.
Bread and Rolls
The smell of baking bread and stuffing makes many people salivate. You’re on a mission for health: avoid these tasty dish fillers. If your carb cravings are overwhelming, make a stuffing using whole grain bread and low butter content. Load it up with onions and celery for flavor to get a taste of the good stuff without filling up with calories you don’t need.
- Stuffing made with whole grain and less butter.
- Refined, white bread rolls.
- Stuffing made mostly with bread and no added veggies.
Sweet potatoes and yams without butter and sauces are great alternatives to white potatoes.
- Sweet potatoes.
- White potatoes.
- Scalloped potatoes.
- Sweet potato fries.
- Candied yams.
Cranberries can help lower blood pressure, protect the urinary tract and stomach lining, lower bad cholesterol (LDL) while increasing good cholesterol (HDL) and play a part in good heart health. Plus, they taste really good with turkey!
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