Thanksgiving is all about abundance—or, often, overabundance. Everyone wants to bring their favorite dish, or feel they must have both pumpkin and apple pie (with whipped cream on top, please). With all the rich, heavy choices, there’s a distinct chance that Thanksgiving will turn out to be about overindulgence rather than balance. You’ll be staggering away from the table, barely able to move. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With reasonable portion sizes and healthier dishes that don’t sacrifice flavor, Thanksgiving dinner can still be joyful, delicious and healthy.
Here are some healthy tips to help you manage your Festivities and Eating Pleasure!
1. Many recipes suggest rubbing the bird with butter before roasting. If you roast a turkey without overcooking, it won’t dry out—there’s no need to rub it with butter beforehand. Skip it and avoid adding extra saturated fat. Try chopped fresh herbs and garlic mixed with a little heart-healthy olive oil instead.
2. We’ve found that conventional turkeys (with added salt solution) do stay moister but if you’re watching your sodium intake, avoid them.
3. Skip the skin: a 3-ounce portion of light meat without skin has only 132 calories and 3 grams of fat. With the skin, that jumps to 168 calories and 6 grams of fat. (Dark meat has more calories but also more iron: three ounces of dark meat supplies 15% of the recommended daily intake of iron; white meat has only 8%.)
4. Many traditional stuffing recipes call for butter. Use a bit of chicken broth instead to keep it moist without the added fat or calories.
5. Sweet potatoes are already sweet, so why load them up with brown sugar and marshmallows when just a touch of maple syrup or honey accentuates their great flavor?
6. The key to tasty gravy is using all the drippings from the roasting pan(with the fat skimmed off). This gives plenty of flavor without the added fat or calories. Forgo added butter, which really bumps up the calories and fat.
This article comes compliments of www.eatingwell.com