Thanksgiving recipe modifications that won’t ruin your holiday meal
Between the fall weather, family time and all the delicious recipes, Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. But the kickoff to the holiday season which can be full of comfort foods can often throw a wrench into healthy eating habits. Consider these 5 small modifications to your favorite staples to make your feast a little healthier.
- Creamed Corn
This creamy side is loaded with fat and calories. Swap heavy cream for lower fat milk and canned corn kernels for fresh ones, this will prevent sodium overload.
- Recipe to try: Eating Well’s Creamed Corn
- Green Bean Casserole
Instead of using canned mushroom soup, make your own mushroom sauce with olive oil instead of butter for a healthier version.
- Recipe to try: Gimme Some Oven’s Healthier Green Bean Casserole
Many homemade stuffing recipes call for close to a stick of butter and white croutons or bread. Instead, use whole-wheat croutons or bread and olive oil for an improved option.
- Recipe to try: Martha Stewart’s Healthy Harvest Stuffing
- Mashed Potatoes
Traditionally made with cream and butter, mashed potatoes are high in fat and calories. Try substituting greek yogurt for the butter for less calories, yet the same creamy texture.
- Recipe to try: Shape’s Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes
- Pumpkin Pie
Revamp this dessert go-to with ground flax, coconut milk and a touch of stevia for the perfect ending to your meal.
- Recipe to try: Chocolate Covered Katie’s Healthy Pumpkin Pie