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Six Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes


With Thanksgiving nearly here, it’s time to dig out some healthy Thanksgiving recipes! There’s no need for the traditional holiday excesses of carbs, sugars and fats driving us to a New Years resolution to lose weight and get in shape. The holidays do not have to be a season of over indulgence, and it is possible to enjoy good heart healthy food without sacrificing taste or forgoing your favorite dishes. Try this menu rehab:


The centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal is, of course, the turkey. It is a fine meat entree, just don’t deep fry it! Surround your turkey with these delicious side dishes that rely on healthy Thanksgiving recipes:

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe For Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows is a staple at many Thanksgiving dinners. Toss the marshmallows and the stick of butter and try this healthy Thanksgiving recipe instead. You get the nutrition of sweet potatoes and because it is made in a crock pot, it is one less dish taking up space in the oven. Try sweetening it with stevia.

Skinny Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Mash: http://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-sweet-potato-mash/

Healthy Thanksgiving Gravy

Gravy is great for masking a dry turkey or dressing as well as a topping for mashed potatoes. The stars aligned for us this season when we were looking for a healthy Thanksgiving gravy because we came upon these instructions for “Holiday Gravy!” This recipe can be made ahead and you can substitute chicken or turkey broth for the white wine. Add a scoop of Nutrim ® oat bran for extra heart-healthy creaminess.

Holiday Gravy: http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/holiday-gravy/

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe For Green Bean Casserole

Skip the calorie-laden dish and change things up with this tasty green bean casserole. The cheese is optional. Take this healthy Thanksgiving recipe a step further and by skipping the canned fried onions. A delicious and healthier alternative to fried onions is slow cooker caramelized onions. You can make these in advance following the guidance below.

Green Bean Casserole: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/green-bean-casserole-50400000116747/

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-caramelize-onions-in-the-slow-cooker-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-193413

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe For Mashed Potatoes

Is it possible to make good mashed potatoes without a stick of butter and a carton of half-n-half? Yes! The secret is Yukon gold potatoes, which are naturally creamy. Substitute flavorful chicken broth for the cream and you get a healthy Thanksgiving recipe.

Mashed Potatoes: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/garlic-mashed-potatoes-recipe/index.html

Healthy Thanksgiving Stuffing

Stuffing or dressing does not have to be made from a bag of dried croutons. Try this delicious alternative, and you won’t need to douse it in gravy. There’s no need for the sugar in this recipe.

Butternut Squash and Kale Quinoa Stuffing: http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2012/11/butternut-squash-and-kale-quinoa-stuffing.html

Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert

You’ve done great at eliminating fat and calories from the main meal. Here’s a healthy Thanksgiving recipe for a delicious end of meal dessert. Substitute stevia for the sweetener and it’s low glycemic too.

Pecan Crusted Pumpkin Pie: http://www.bobgarontraining.com/pecan-crusted-grain-free-pumpkin-pie

Have a happy holiday and enjoy the healthy Thanksgiving recipes!



Article: Six Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Source: Heart Healthy Solution

Author: Jonathan Sherman

Resources: Wikipedia,USDA

Photo: flickr.com/jono_rotten



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