Healthy Tips for Thanksgiving

by Anna D

I think that we can all agree on one thing, most people gain weight during the Holiday season. Yes, It is a time to be with family, enjoy ourselves and of course eat πŸ™‚ but we can always avoid those extra calories, I will show you how πŸ™‚ just follow these simple steps!

The Big Turkey

If you’re hosting a small gathering, buy a turkey breast rather than the whole bird, as breast meat is lower in calories than dark meat. If you do buy a whole turkey, avoid “self-basting” turkeys, as they often contain added fat. And–it goes without saying–stay away from the deep fryer this year, and roast or smoke the turkey.

Stuff the turkey cavity with whole or halved onions, halved lemons or apples, and sprigs of fresh herbs such as sage, marjoram, thyme, and/or rosemary.

Rather than rubbing the skin with butter or oil, spray it with an oil spray and season it with salt and pepper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Gravy

Gravy is one of the biggest calorie culprits on the table. Use vegetable oil rather than turkey drippings when making the gravy–it’s still fat, but oil is lower in saturated fat and is cholesterol-free.

If you use turkey drippings to add flavor, use a gravy separator. Pour the gravy into a separator and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Some of the fat in the gravy will rise to the top of the glass where you can skim it off easily.

Better yet, make a low-fat broth-based gravy or a vegetarian gravy instead.

Carbo-loading

Instead of using butter and cream to mash potatoes, save the cooking water when you boil of the potatoes. The starchy water will give the potatoes a creamier texture than plain water would.

You can also add turkey or chicken broth, evaporated skim milk, or fat-free sour cream. For extra flavor, stir in roasted garlic and herbs. For added nutrition, add pureed cooked cauliflower, parsnips or turnips.

Bake the dressing in a casserole dish rather than in the turkey, where it absorbs fat from the turkey as it bakes. It’s hard to slim down a stuffing recipe, so take a small serving if it’s your Thanksgiving favorite. Avoid recipes using sausage or bacon; wild rice and grains are more nutritious than bread stuffing’s.

These are just a few things you could do to avoid unnecessary calories this Thanksgiving πŸ™‚ I wish our Transform FX Fitness family and everyone aΒ  Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy eating!

Ale Adaui

TFX Coach

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