Cook Fast, Live Young: Making Healthy Thanksgiving 2011 Dinner Choices
Thanksgiving is a day for indulgence. After all, that's what feasts are for. But even if you're cheating on Turkey Day, you can make a few easy choices that can help make them just a little healthier. Did I mention it's easy? So why not give it a try, or at least give it some consideration when preparing your menu.
Go for the white meat
. And make it skinless. Three slices have just around 100 calories. Not too bad! Dark meat on the other hand has double the calories.
Avoid the stuffing
. Or if that's impossible, take a small serving. Stuffing is high in calories and sodium but low in nutrients.
Don't add marshmallows
. It's a common ingredient in sweet potato casserole, but it adds very little in the way of nutritional value. Use some cinnamon instead.
Indulge in gravy
. Yeah, I said it. Gravy gets a bad rap, but it doesn't have as much fat as you imagine. There's just about one gram per ounce, and a ¼ cup is around 50 calories.
Select the pumpkin pie
. It's the lower calorie option when compared to other seasonal favorites, like pecan pie. Instead of ice cream, top it with low-fat whipped cream.
Make fresh cranberry sauce
. The canned variety is high in sugar and low in nutrients. If you make your own with fresh cranberries and 100% juice, it can actually be a healthy option. (Not to mention, it tastes better!
What are your tricks and tips for making Thanksgiving a healthier holiday?
Juliana Weiss-Roessler has ten years of professional writing and editing experience. For four years, she managed the web content for the star of an Emmy-nominated reality series. Currently, she is an editor for the geek girl e-zine PinkRaygun.com, a contributor to the career blog at Resumark.com, and owner of the food blog CookFastLiveYoung.blogspot.com. Follow her @cookfast on Twitter and learn more about her work at WeissRoessler.com.