6 Ways to Cut Thanksgiving Calories
Planning a healthy and delicious Thanksgiving meal is easier than you might think. By planning ahead and preparing a shopping list before hitting the grocery store, you can allow yourself enough time to get the right ingredients. This way, you can start experimenting with healthier recipes before the big day arrives.
As you consider which traditional menu items to swap with healthier versions, you may want to leave some family favorites to avoid disappointing any guests. The key is to choose your nutrition battles wisely. Regardless of your choices, the options below will help you pack less calories and fat in your loved ones’ bellies. In one of our WGNO New Orleans segments, we presented six healthy food swaps to pack a healthier punch in your holiday spread.
La Louisiane Eat Fit Croissants
These 100 percent whole wheat croissants are the perfect "roll" replacement to bring to your Thanksgiving celebrations. Lightly sweetened with Swerve, these tasty baked goods created by the folks at La Louisiane Bakery have half the calories of regular croissants, not to mention lower sodium. Pick up yours at the Ochsner Fitness Center Cafe in Harahan.
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.
Try pureed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes to add a healthier dose to your holiday spread.
Sugar substitutes like Truvia and Swerve can help cut holiday sugar intake, even if you have to ease into the concept by making your recipe with half real sugar and half with the healthy substitute.
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.
Forget the canned stuff and try fresh cranberries instead which are packed with antioxidants.
For more details on this topic, watch my full segment on WGNO New Orleans. This holiday season, be inspired to live your strongest, healthiest life! Subscribe to my podcast FUELED | wellness + nutrition for the latest trends and research related to your body and mind.