We all love the holidays. It is the one a day we all sit around the table enjoying friends and family and stuff our selves silly, and then go back for seconds and try not to feel guilty. In order to help you alleviate some of that guilt and refrain from putting yourself back to the starting line with your fitness goals, I am going to offer you some healthy alternatives to your traditional Thanksgiving feast. These flavorful options will not only satisfy your Thanksgiving taste buds, but also help you cut down on calories and fat and help you return for seconds guilt free!
Starters: Turkey Apple Slices and Dip
I love this fun and festive turkey idea for a pre-dinner snack. Apples are full of fiber, vitamins and nutrients that are sure to keep your crowd pleasantly pleased as you put the finishing touches on your Thanksgiving feast. Simply slice various types of apples and put a small dish of dip in the center of a plate. A super easy apple dip is all natural raw almond butter. For a little more protein try putting plain non-fat Greek yogurt in a bowl and mix with cinnamon and stevia. Yum! Always a crowd favorite!
Sweet Potato Casserole
- 2 1/2 lbs peeled and cubed sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup fat-free half and half
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup sugar free maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- cooking spray
- 1/4 cup oat flour
- 1/4 cup Splenda brown sugar blend
- 4 1/2 tsp cubed Smart Balance 50/50 butter
- 1/4 chopped pecans
- 13 lb turkey
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp dried parsley
- 2 tbsp dried rosemary
- 2 tbsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 chopped stalks celery
- 1 chopped yellow onion
- 1 peeled orange, cut into rings
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