Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Healthy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is almost here! And just so happens to be one of our favorite holidays over here at Bon’App. A holiday focused on family and good food! What more could you ask for? We are here to offer a few healthy alternatives to the usual not-so-healthy thanksgiving staples. And don’t worry! These substitutes are packed with flavor and still just as, if not even more, delicious!

Instead of mashed potatoes, try mashed cauliflower…

Although we all love a nice big heaping scoop (or two) of mashed potatoes, nobody can deny that it’s not the healthiest option. Averaging around 250 calories per serving, this starchy dish only gets worse with the addition of toppings such as butter, sour cream, cheese, and/or gravy. For a healthier option, try mashed cauliflower instead! This dish cuts the calories in half, as well as significantly lowers the carbohydrate content. And if you’re not ready to say goodbye to your beloved mashed potatoes completely, try compromising and substitute half potato and half cauliflower. We bet nobody will even be able to tell a difference!

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Instead of stuffing with meat, try stuffing with fruit…

Everyone knows that stuffing is one of the most important thanksgiving dishes, so it better impress! The downside to this delicious medley is its very high sodium and carbohydrate content. Whether it is made with left over turkey or sausage, it’s hard to avoid the saltiness of this dish. To eliminate the extra salt added by the meats, try using a fruit such as cranberry or apple to add great flavor! The fruit will contribute a nice crunch as well as a soft sweetness that will compliment the usual savory flavor. We promise this dish won’t disappoint!

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Stuffing with Cranberries Recipe

Instead of green bean casserole, try oven-roasted butternut squash…

Although green bean casserole is predominantly made up of a vegetable, we can’t ignore the calories and fat added with the usual cream of mushroom and cheese mixed in. At Bon’App we believe it is unnecessary to sacrifice flavor for healthiness, especially when it comes to vegetables! So this Thanksgiving try oven-roasted butternut squash instead! Squash is one of the best vegetables for you, and when you sprinkle some garlic and parsley or brown sugar and cinnamon on top it can’t get any better! Whether you take a savory or sweet route this holiday, we guarantee this dish will be a hit!

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