Planning a healthy and delicious Thanksgiving meal for your family and friends can actually be easier than you think. If you plan ahead and prepare a shopping list before hitting the grocery store, you can allow yourself enough time to get the right ingredients and start experimenting with healthier recipes before the big day arrives.
One thing though to keep in mind is while you may be considering swapping out traditional menu items with healthier versions, you may want to leave other family favorites on the menu to avoid disappointing any guests. The key is to choose your nutrition battles wisely.
Regardless of your choices, you can still plan a few simple ways to pack less calories and fat in your loved ones’ bellies. In one of our recent WGNO New Orleans segments, we give five healthy food swaps to pack a healthier punch in your Thanksgiving spread.
- Greek Yogurt
A substitute you may want to consider is plain Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise or sour cream when preparing any creamy sort of casseroles. The yogurt adds protein and calcium, plus cuts calories.
- Pureed Cauliflower
Try pureed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes to add a healthier dose to your holiday spread.
- Sugar Substitutes
Sugar substitutes like Truvia and Swerve can help cut you and your guests’ sugar intake, even if you have to ease into the concept by making your recipe with half real sugar and half the healthy substitute.
- Mixed Greens
When it comes to salad, forget the same-old iceberg lettuce. Instead, add greens such as spinach, arugula, and different types of mixed greens to increase nutrient density.
- Fresh Cranberries
Forget the canned stuff and try fresh cranberries instead which are packed with antioxidants.
For more details on this topic, watch Molly’s full segment on WGNO New Orleans.