Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner or bringing a dish to share, make your recipes healthier with less fat, sugar, and calories. There is more sugar and fat in most recipes than is needed, and no one will notice the difference if you skim calories by using lower calorie ingredients.
Here are some suggestions:
- Use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy.
- Use sugar substitutes in place of sugar and/or fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods.
- Reduce oil and butter wherever you can.
- Try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles.
- Thanksgiving tables are bountiful and beautiful displays of traditional family favorites. Before you fill your plate, survey the buffet table and decide what you're going to choose. Then select reasonable-sized portions of foods you cannot live without.
Other tips include:
- Don’t skip breakfast because by the time dinner is served, it is easy to overeat.
- Don't waste your calories on foods that you can have all year long.
- Enjoy foods being served in moderation.
- Try to resist the temptation to go back for second helpings. Often leftovers are tasty the following day.
- Don't forget those alcohol calories that can add up quickly.
- After eating dinner, go for a walk and enjoy playing a game that incorporated physical activity.
Thanksgiving along with other holidays is not just about the delicious bounty of food. It's a time to celebrate relationships with family and friends.