Balanced Fitness & Health Blog

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and with that usually comes a few inches upon our waistline.  With all the delicious food and mouth watering desserts everywhere you look it’s almost expected to over indulge. This year take control over what you eat with these healthy, yet delicious alternatives to your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

Starting with the “Bird” instead of smothering it with a high sodium bringing process, try a white miso paste, and use a rub made mostly of olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. This will help bring down the calories, yet still maintain that savory flavor.

While our feathered friend is known to be the best place to cook our favorite stuffing, this year lets leave him out of it.  Removing this process you are also removing the fat from the bird dripping onto the stuffing while cooking.  One more trick to slim down stuffing—Prepare it with barley instead of bread for a high-fiber, whole grain alternative.

Whether you choose mashed potatoes or go for the yam dish, one of the easiest ways to reduce the calories is to substitute the dairy for coconut milk.  Coconut milk provides a creamy, healthy alternative to any dish or dessert that requires milk or cream as an ingredient.  Another healthy way to spice up your sweet potatoes, instead of using maple syrup, try mixing in spices such as ginger or cinnamon. For a tangy taste, add a little squeeze of orange juice.

Last but certainly not the least, our favorite part—Dessert.  While a simple option is to choose pumpkin pie over say a higher calorie pie such as pecan.  To get the most calorie-reducing alternative is to bake one yourself using the following substitutions.  Use an all-natural sweetener such as stevia and/or brown sugar instead white sugar. As mentioned above swap out milk for coconut milk and to make your pie even creamier, add in some plain Greek yogurt in place of the cream.

Thanksgiving is a time to remind ourselves of all that we are thankful for. This year be thankful for your family and friends, the roof over your head and your “healthy alternative” food on your plate. HAPPY THANKSGIVING