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Day 10—Low-cal Thanksgiving Options November 25, 2009

A little effort can result in BIG calorie savings!

Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving! Naturally, high on our lists of things to be thankful for is the abundance of food we enjoy on that—and every—day.

Also in great abundance in holiday foods: calories in the form of sugars and fat. Calories aren’t our enemy. But an overabundance of calories can be.

So here are some tips to cut the calorie count of your favorite holiday dishes:

1. Going homemade can make a HUGE difference in the calorie count of your traditional favorites. Take cranberry sauce, for example. If you buy it canned, you’re getting two-thirds of a cup of sugar (488 calories) per can! If you make it yourself, you can use artificial sweetener instead of sugar. Savings: 81 calories per serving.

2. Use lowfat versions of ingredients. For instance, try substituting lowfat buttermilk in your mashed potatoes. Tasty AND low-fat / low-cal!

3. Especially if your crowd is small, try cooking a turkey breast rather than a whole turkey. Breast meat is much lower in fat and calories than dark meat.

4. Shun creamed veggies. Instead, steam them. They’ll retain more nutrients in addition to containing fewer calories and fat grams. (Just go easy on that butter! Try spray-on butter-flavored margarine instead.)

5. Go whole wheat. Whole wheat breads and rolls are not only higher in fiber, they’re also lower in calories.

So there you have them: 5 tips for a healthier holiday menu. Remember: You have the POWER!


One Response to “Day 10—Low-cal Thanksgiving Options”

  1. Stacy Pigott Says:

    Even better than low-fat buttermilk in mashed potatoes is low-sodium chicken broth. I didn’t believe it until I tried it. Add some garlic while you’re boiling the taters and you’ve got low-fat garlic mashed potatoes. YUMMY!

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