Thanksgiving is an amazing day filled with friends, family and food. But if you’re trying to stay on the healthy side during the holidays, it can be quite the struggle. That’s why we’re taking some of our Thanksgiving favorites and sharing how to make them healthier for your heart!
Luckily, turkey is pretty heart healthy when it’s baked in the oven. But one way to kick up the flavor without all the butter is to herb roast your turkey with olive oil. And one thing’s for sure, you should stay away from the turkey fryer.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Luckily, sweet potatoes are good for you AND they’re delicious. Instead of covering your whipped potatoes with a brown sugar crust, you can top them with pecans for a tasty and fulfilling crunch! You can also whip your potatoes with an egg instead of butter to save on the fat.
Cut the bread out of your stuffing, and replace it with quinoa for a more nutritious take on this classic side.
Most of us have fond memories of a can-shaped log of jellied cranberry sauce, but using real cranberries is more nutritious in the long run. It might not be as much fun as slicing the canned version, but it’s just as tasty!
Instead of having the usual mashed potatoes filled with butter, salt and cream, try mashing roasted cauliflower with low-fat milk. They’re so similar, we dare you to see if your guests can tell the difference.
Green Bean Casserole
While this dish is delicious, so are other veggie dishes with less fat. Try swapping your casserole with roasted brussels sprouts or honey-glazed carrots. But if you really can’t imagine life without GB casserole, try using low-fat milk.
Since we know it’s not a real Thanksgiving without the pie, try a homemade version of pumpkin pie sans whipped cream so you don’t undo all of the heart-healthy choices you’ve made this year.
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