Here are a few simple ways to make your favorite Thanksgiving dishes healthier!
Green Bean Casserole
- Use fresh or frozen green beans, or rinse canned green beans to remove any excess salt from water.
- Use crushed whole wheat crackers as topping (the USDA recommends “making half your grains whole.”)
- Use lower sodium cream of mushroom soup.
- Use half the amount of cheese in recipe.
- Use whole wheat bread crumbs.
- Add extra veggies including celery, onions, fresh parsley, carrots, zucchini or mushrooms.
- Use low sodium broth.
- Serve a fresh veggie platter.
- Try hummus instead of ranch or blue cheese dip.
- Enjoy a fresh fruit salad.
- Roast fall favorite veggies, such as green beans, squash, or pumpkin. Use olive oil instead of butter.
- Whip up some sweet potatoes – a great source of Potassium and Vitamin A. Cut in half, brush with orange juice and a little brown sugar, and roast.
- Add pureed cauliflower to mashed potatoes to reduce calories and fat in the overall dish.
- Use low fat milk instead of buttermilk or whole milk.
- Keep potato skin on to increase fiber content.
- Do not add too much salt – no more than a pinch.
Increase Physical Activity on Thanksgiving
- Take a morning walk.
- Do a quick, 30 minute exercise video.
- Play games with your family during the day (such as football, tag, hide and seek or capture the flag).
- Laugh a lot (show family movies or photos).
For more resources on healthful eating, visit the USDA’s MyPlate website.