Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and that means delicious food. If you are trying to eat healthy on Thanksgiving, here is a guide of what to put on your plate. The healthy choices are just as delicious, but contain less fat, sugar and carbs.
1.Pecan pie vs. pumpkin pie: Pecan pie is loaded with sugar and corn syrup that is yummy, but of course is not healthy. Swap the pecan pie for pumpkin pie and you will trim about 115 calories 32g sugar. Pumpkin pie has the same amount of protein and fiber as pecan pie, but half the fat.
2. Sweet potatoes vs. mashed potatoes: Sweet potatoes contain four times the amount of sugar as regular mashed potatoes. Choose mashed potatoes instead, but make sure you use low or fat free milk. Also, use less butter than you normally would to cut out more fat.
3. Stuffing vs. green beans with almonds: Stuffing is loaded with carbs, sodium and fat, even more so if it is cooked inside the turkey. Instead, pick green beans with almonds. Green beans of course are nutritious, but the almonds add some more flavor. Green beans with almonds are a better choice than green bean casserole also because it is less sodium and fat.
4. Dark meat vs. white meat: This is one of the most important swaps if you are trying to stay healthy on Thanksgiving. If you choose white meat over dark meat you will be cutting out 215 calories, 6g of fat and tons of sodium. White meat also contains less cholesterol than dark meat.
Enjoy your healthy Thanksgiving!