Healthy Thanksgiving Eats
Thanksgiving can be a difficult time for people trying to stick to a healthy diet. With an overabundance of unhealthy foods available, it can be really easy to veer off track of your healthy eating goals. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy tasty food for the holidays. We wanted to share some Thanksgiving eats with you that are both delicious and healthy.
Turkey can be an excellent, healthy meal when prepared in a healthy way. Roast your turkey instead of frying it. Skip the gravy and flavor your turkey with herbs, a balsamic glaze, or cranberry sauce.
For your sides, load up your plate with tons of vegetables. Healthy greens like green beans, brussel sprouts, and broccoli are great choices. Opt for a baked sweet potato rather than buttery or cheesy mashed potatoes. Pumpkin is an excellent, healthy Fall vegetable as well. Try a pumpkin soup or roasted pumpkins. If you like rice, make heart-healthy brown rice instead of white rice.
You can’t go wrong with a salad with a low-fat dressing like a balsamic vinaigrette. Top your salad with apples or cranberries and nuts like walnuts or almonds to add more flavor in a healthy way. If you are serving bread with the meal, choose a whole wheat or whole grain variety. Pair your bread with an olive oil dip rather than butter.
There are Thanksgiving desserts that you can have that are on the healthier side. Choose a dessert that incorporates the fruits of the season such as an apple crisp, an apple-cranberry tart, or a pumpkin pie. If you want to go even healthier, just eat a bowl of these fresh fruits for dessert. A cup of warm apple cider is also a great, healthy way to finish your Thanksgiving meal.
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to completely derail your healthy eating goals. There are ways to enjoy Thanksgiving classics while making them in a healthier way. For more specific recipes to try, you can refer to this article.