Do you find yourself over-eating carbs, turkey, and pie during each Thanksgiving? This year, opting for a healthier, less stuffing-filled meal is the wiser option.
Even though heaping spoonfuls of gravy and buttery mashed potatoes smell and taste delicious, you may quickly find yourself regretting such a heavy meal shortly after it. Here's how to avoid some of the most filling options, yet enjoy a hearty meal.
Take the thinner route, and consider these 5 healthy eating strategies:
1. Puree the potatoes instead of mashing them.
Whether you mash them, roast them, or bake them, potatoes are an essential side dish at Thanksgiving. However, a smarter way to eat potatoes is in the form of soup (yes, soup!
). If that doesn’t sound appetizing, just wait until you try this paleo sweet potato soup recipe
. Not only does it smell like all the best parts of the fall, but it also tastes amazing and makes for a light option to serve with the rest of your dinner.
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2. Use cauliflower instead of potatoes.
If you want to skip the starchy potatoes altogether, consider opting for a cauliflower mash instead. You might be surprised just how great, if not better, this cauliflower mash recipe
is. It’s an excellent way to make your plate feel a little lighter and whole lot healthier.
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3. Start with a healthy salad.
If you want to feel fuller without the pain, considering starting your Thanksgiving meal with a big, healthy salad. If you’re not a huge salad eater, it could also make for a nice side dish. This swiss chard with crisp apples salad recipe
makes for the perfect green addition to your feast.
4. Make a vegetarian stuffing.
Most stuffing recipes aren’t vegetarian and tend to be heavy on the carbs. Why not opt for a vegetarian version this year instead? This wild rice stuffing recipe
recipe contains apples, pecans and cranberries for a new take on the traditional Thanksgiving stuffing. Once this comes out of the oven, you won’t even realize it’s different–it smells and tastes that good.
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5. Dare we say it: Skip the pie!
Most Thanksgiving meals end with a sugary-sweet pumpkin pie. It almost seems wrong not
to eat a slice at the end of the meal, but consider giving it a pass. As an alternative, this pumpkin mousse recipe
is gluten- and dairy-free, yet full of pumpkin spices, and tastes just as good as the pie would.