From Halloween to Thanksgiving and well beyond into the New Year, the autumn and following winter holidays can wreak havoc on our healthy routines we worked so hard to cultivate.
A little indulgence isn’t a bad thing, but you’ll want to save that for a slice of Mom’s famous pecan pie instead of racking up endless calories on the traditional side dishes that you usually serve at Thanksgiving. If you’re thinking bland and boring, think again. There’s no need to cut out flavor when you make these healthy Thanksgiving side dish swaps!
Serve yogurt-based dips or hummus. You can’t host a Thanksgiving dinner without some snacks and appetizers to keep everyone occupied while they wait for the main event. Making these healthier options is as quick as a few ingredient swaps. Avoid using sour cream or mayonnaise-based dips and instead, use Greek yogurt or non-dairy yogurt as the base. No one will be able to tell the difference. Or dip veggies into hummus which has fiber and protein and is high in iron and b vitamins.
Roast veggies instead of creaming them. Creamed peas or creamed spinach, and even that green bean casserole everyone loves are delicious, but they can rack up the calories and heaviness on your plate. Instead, roast your vegetables by lightly coating them with coconut oil and balsamic vinegar for a lighter, fresher alternative.
Sweet potato fries instead of candied yams. Simply carve up wedges of sweet potatoes and bake them until they’re soft. You can season them with a pinch of chili powder, sea salt, and fresh ground pepper.
Mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. You can give this side dish a healthy makeover by mashing cauliflower instead. The kids won’t even notice!
By making healthier choices to serve with your Thanksgiving meal, it allows you room to enjoy something worth the extra calories, or even have another glass of wine, without feeling guilty about it. Life without indulges isn’t good for anyone, but overindulging as we tend to do during the holidays can add up. If you play your holidays smart, you won’t need to go into boot camp mode right before swimsuit season!
What are you making for Thanksgiving this year?