A menu for a healthier Thanksgiving has more vegetables, a whole whole grain, and less sugar.I did something I never do, I calculated the calories, and macronutrients of the Thanksgiving meal I’m serving at my house on Thursday. It may surprise you, but while I perform nutrient analysis for my clients and on individual recipes, it’s rare that I calculate or track full meals of my own. So why now? I did this to back up my claim that this is a healthier meal. I took one serving of the above foods for calculations. Here are those serving sizes: 4 oz. roast turkey; 2 cups tossed salad with 2 tablespoons vinaigrette, 1/2 cup lower sugar sweet potato casserole; 2/3 cup wild rice stuffing; 1 cup green beans; 2 tablespoons fresh cranberry sauce, 1 baked apple.
That said, here ‘s the break down (insert drum roll): 927 calories, 118 grams carbohydrate, 36 grams of protein and 38 grams of fat. Whew, that sounds like a lot, right? Well, consider this: the Calorie Control Council estimates Americans consume upwards of 2000 to 3000 calories at their Thanksgiving celebrations. Now, my 927 calorie meal is looking much slimmer!
Slow Cooker Baked Apples are a healthy and delicious holiday dessert prepped in only 10 minutes; your slow cooker does the rest! Let your guest customize the warm fruit dessert with a myriad of topping options such as ice cream, maple syrup, honey, walnut oil, whipped cream, or cheddar cheese.
I’m a traditionalist, and holidays are filled with time honored classics. But each year I tweek my menu trying to create a healthier holiday. What is a ‘healthier holiday’? For me, it’s one with less sugar, more vegetables, more whole grains, and less saturated fat. It’s a meal that reflects the way I eat everyday day of the year. This year I’m stoked about my apple pie makeover for Thanksgiving dessert: a slow cooker baked apple with an assortment of toppings for my guests to customize to their liking : walnut oil, maple syrup, ice cream, honey, cheddar cheese, whipped cream. Even befor the toppings, it’s satisfying for those with a sweet tooth and appropriate for a myriad of deit restrictions/choices/palates including gluten free and vegan .
Make it in the slow cooker, so it doesn’t compete for oven time on your busy cooking day. I suggest assembling a toppings bar to allow your guests to have fun finishing off their own custom baked apples. Note: Just to be sure you have some leftovers, you might want to add a few more apples to the slow cooker; they are a great accompaniment to oatmeal and pancakes.
Strawberry Lemonade made with Stevia is delicious without any added sugar and makes a refreshing beverage for al fresco dining!
Hello Spring! I sense everyone is enthusiatic about welcoming warmer weather, and all that the rejuvenating seasonbrings. The Recipe Redux wants you to celebrate with healthy recipes for enjoying al fresco (National Picnic Day is April 23). Let’s get started with something strawberry! It’s perfectly convenient that this fragrant edible berry is in season the same time we are heading back outside to garden, to barbecue, and to reap the benefits of some good old fashioned fresh air. Ahhh! Doesn’t it feel good?!!!
Strawberries are not only a healthy and delicious stand alone snack but a versatile fruit that can be the used in a myriad of recipes, like spring salads and desserts . I’m going to keep this real simple with a homemade strawberry lemonade made light with Stevia. It’s a slim 70 calories per each refreshing 8 ounces, and has no added sugar! Whether you’re planning a brunch or a backyard barbeque, this light beverage is sure to fit in!
What are your favorite al fresco foods?
Be sure to visit more links at the bottom of this post to see what my colleagues are bringing to their outdoor gatherings this picnic season.