Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes
Written By: Emma Squillace
Thanksgiving is loved for its sense of family and thankfulness. Many of us also think of the holiday as a day of eating great food, often to excess. With comfort foods, family recipes, warm drinks, and pies for dessert, it’s easy to feel like your weight loss efforts go out the window on and around this holiday. Here are some healthy recipes that will be loved by kids and adults, and won’t ruin your good work:
Roasting vegetables is a great way to bring out their flavor, get some of that caramelization we love, and have servings of health fiber and vitamins. Roast vegetables make great left overs too, and can be easily worked into meals for days after your big dinner.
Pick your favorite veggies and chop into cubes or slices. Good choices are:
Brussel sprouts (cut in half)
Yukon gold potatoes
Whisk together the following ingredients:
¼ cup olive oil
2 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 – 3 tablespoons of your favorite herbs
salt & pepper to taste
Coat the cut up vegetables in the oil mixture. Spread the pieces out in a roasting or baking pan, so they don’t touch each other, and bake in a 450 degree oven for 30 – 40 minutes.
This beautiful salad tastes great and looks seasonal and delicious on the table.
Pick your favorite salad base: chopped kale, shredded brussel spouts, or arugula are good choices.
Mix the salad greens with 1 chopped apple and 1 chopped pear.
Coat the salad lightly in a vinaigrette from the store, or make one yourself.
Put the dressed greens, apple, and pear in a large salad bowl and top with:
1/4 cup of chopped, dried cranberries
Crumbled blue cheese to taste (go light on the cheese because it has a nice strong flavor)
Leaving these ingredients on top until just before serving allows the colors of the cranberries and blue cheese to stand out against the greens.
Potatoes are a thanksgiving favorite in many houses, and you can enjoy a serving of this satisfying side without sabotaging your diet. The most dangerous part of most mashed potato recipes is the butter and heavy cream that’s added. Try our light version instead:
Cut 2 pounds of potatoes into quarters
Put the potatoes in a large pot with cold water, and bring to a boil. Let the water boil for 20 minutes.
Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot.
Mash the potatoes to the consistency you like.
Stir in ½ cup of skim or 1% milk*, ¼ cup of light sour cream, 4 – 8 tablespoons of light cream cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.
*You can always add more or less milk to adjust the consistency to your preferences.
Consider picking one or two optional add-ins that increase flavor without packing on more calories:
Roast garlic, fresh chopped herbs, chopped scallions or chives, lemon zest, smoked paprika
Baked apples are a wonderful dessert for those who want something warm and sweet, without a 500+ calorie addition to their meal.
This recipe makes 2 servings, so adjust as necessary for your group:
Preheat the oven to 350
Cut 1 apple in half and remove the core/seeds
Place the 2 apple halves in a baking pan, skin side down
You can serve each apple half with a low fat/low sugar ice cream if you’d like.
The holidays can be a particularly tough time for those of us working on losing weight. If you are trying to lose 30+ pounds and are thinking about the weight loss balloon or weight loss surgery, we’d love to speak with you. To ask us a question or schedule a consultation, please call our offices at (855) 690-0565.