Healthy holiday cooking tips

Here are a few healthy food ideas to try when preparing your traditional Thanksgiving feast.

  • Use pineapple or orange juice thickened with corn starch for glaze on vegetables, such as carrots. Do the same thing with cranberry juice for the turkey instead of gravy.
  • Use jams and jellies instead of margarine or butter for bread.
  • When baking replace half of the oil with applesauce to reduce the fat.
  • Replace sour cream with equal amounts of fat-free plain yogurt.
  • Thicken gravy with tapioca and a little water instead of butter or margarine.
  • Use low fat or nonfat cheeses instead of full fat cheeses.
  • Cook the turkey or chicken in the skin and bones for flavor, but avoid the skin when eating.
  • Try adding some extra healthier options with your holiday meal, such as white meat, steamed vegetables without butter and sweet potatoes
  • Only make enough for that meal or make extra and put leftovers in the fridge before serving, or give doggy bags to friends.
  • Use herbs and spices like garlic, cinnamon, fresh basil, instead of condiments like gravy and butter.
  • Be careful not to add to much oil to your meals. Remember 1 tablespoon of oil is 120 calories. Try cooking in wine or lemon juice instead of using excess oil.

Check out our Thanksgiving eating strategies to help you keep your healthy eating goals.

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