The holiday season is upon us. Yes, it started with
Halloween and massive amounts of candy. Next up, Thanksgiving – a day where one
meal can be 3,000
calories! Here are a few tips to make your holiday meal more nutritious.
- Enjoy dips with crunchy veggies such as julienned jicama, carrots,
broccoli, and cucumber, instead of crackers and chips, for added nutrients,
fiber and less calories!
- Dressing and stuffing
Use less bread. Add more onions, celery,
garlic and vegetables for flavor, added fiber and nutrients. Chopped apples,
cranberries, toasted nuts will add extra flavor, fiber and nutrients, too.
- Green bean casserole
Skip the condensed cream soup. Try sautéing
the green beans with garlic and mushrooms. Top with caramelized onions and
toasted nuts, like sliced almonds.
- Sweet potato casserole
Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet. Skip
the marshmallows and added sugars. Trying mashing with warming spices such as
cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. Top with toasted pecans.
Top cakes or ice cream with fresh berries or other
fruit compote instead of frosting. Pumpkin pie gets a bit of a pass (well,
pumpkins are a squash), if made from real ingredients – no partially
hydrogenated oils, nor high fructose corn-syrup. Finally, skip the artificial non-dairy topping, which is full of trans fat, corn syrup, and artificial ingredients. Enjoy real whipped cream instead!
After the meal is finished, get your entire party out for a walk after
the meal, even if it’s cold. It will burn calories some calories, provide
mental and physical stimulation, and help counteract the urge to sleep after
Registered dietitian nutritionist who believes proper nutrition has the power to transform health. Loves dark chocolate.