Friday, November 15, 2013

Give Thanks for Healthy Food

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In the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a huge dinner.  But just because we are celebrating doesn’t mean it can’t be done in a healthy way.  Think about incorporating one of these healthier alternatives into your feast this year! 

One way to make stuffing healthier is to incorporate complex carbohydrates.  Traditional stuffing incorporates a lot of white bread and butter.  This recipe from the Mayo Clinic puts a new spin on this classic side dish by using whole grain rice instead of bread.  Each serving has only 81 Calories, 4 grams of Sugar, and 114 mg of Salt.

Wild Rice Stuffing (1/2 cup)

With fried onions and cream of mushroom soup, green bean casserole is loaded with Bad Fat.  This year, try these roasted green beans with shallots and hazelnuts from the Food Network  The lighter preparation will let the natural flavor of the beans stand out, and you won’t have to feel guilty going for seconds!  One helping has 182 Calories, 5 grams of Fiber, and 6 grams of Protein.
Garlic Roasted Green Beans (1 serving)

It’s hard to think of Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie.  If you still want to indulge, try making a lighter version, that’s lower in fat, and skip the whipped topping.  One slice of this version from My Recipes has 187 Calories and 17 grams of Sugar.

Pumpkin Pie (1 slice, no whipped topping)
Don’t forget to keep portion size in mind when you scoop up your favorites sides. With all the yummy options, it can be easy to overload. 

Happy Thanksgiving from the Bon’App team!



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