Happy Turkey Day Tips
Happy Turkey Day
Thanksgiving Day is a joyous time for families. This is the day man has set aside for fellowship with our family and friends to celebrate our thankfulness with food and fun. The fun and fellowship may end when the visitors leave, but the food, or rather the effects of the food we eat during the holidays can linger in the form of weight gain, digestive issues, bloating and other symptoms for days, weeks or even months.
This is a concern for many of us that can potentially cast a shadow on this joyous occasion. Don’t worry there are adjustments you can make to help minimize or even prevent the negative effects associated with this occasion, while enjoying tasty dishes you love for Thanksgiving dinner.
The follow suggestions all have the same thing in common, lower sodium, less sugar and reduced fat which in turn translates into fewer calories and less weight gain.
Turkey- Did you know that bad fats are found in the skin and the dark meat of the turkey? So to reduce the calories from fat, eat the white meat only and pull off the skin.
Dressing/Stuffing- A favorite during the holidays. Depending on the ingredients, this dish can be pack with up to 550 calories per 1 cup serving. To reduce the calories, use low sodium chicken broth for flavoring and real butter or Ghee instead of margarine. You can also decide to substitute the dressing/stuffing for wild rice or quinoa for a healthier change and a calorie reduction.
White Potatoes-Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you are diabetic you should avoid this dish all together. But if you are not, modify the dish. Instead of using butter and whole milk to make your mashed potatoes, switch to low sodium chicken broth, Himalayan salt and use less butter or switch to Ghee.
Sweet Potatoes Casserole/Yams- Sweet potatoes are a great choice, but we offset the benefit when we load the dish with marshmallows, butter and sugar. Instead reduce the amount of butter, use a natural sweetener (like stevia or agave) and add nuts to the dish for a hearty nutty flavor that everyone will enjoy.
What about the sweets treats? If this temptation is too much for you and you can’t say no to them, then don’t no! It’s the holidays so go ahead and enjoy your favorite sweet dish. Choose your favorite dessert and limit yourself to only one slice or piece, not one piece of each dish, just one piece. If you bake a pie or cake send it home with your guest so you’re not tempted to eat for the rest of the week.
This holiday put more focus on enjoying your family and friends, reflecting on the things in your life that the Lord has done for you that you are thankful for and less focus on food. This will make for a more memorable holiday and help maintain your waistline where it is.
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
Prep:15, Cook:10 m, Ready In: 25 m
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, smashed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 10 minutes.Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic until softened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.Transfer half the cauliflower to a food processor; cover and blend on high. Add remaining cauliflower florets, one at a time, until vegetables are creamy. Blend in garlic, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, salt, and black pepper.
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