Holidays are a great time for family re-unions where families and friends get together to enjoy delicious food. However, Holidays are also associated with high calorie appetizers and sinful desserts that can add to flab. So follow the below discussed tips and recipes and enjoy healthy eating this Thanksgiving.
Appetizers can be lip-smacking yet healthy.
Creamy Mashed Potatoes flavored with garlic and herbs are an all time favorite. Use reduced-fat sour cream instead of butter to whip up a tasty yet reduced calorie appetizer.
Low Calorie Carrot and Potato Fritters will also be an instant hit among your guests. Mix boiled and mashed carrots and potatoes along with onions, cilantro, herbs and garlic, salt and freshly ground pepper to shape them into patties and brown them on your skillet. Serve them hot with a mint-coriander dip and here you have a healthy yet delightful starter with no excess oil or cheese.
Turkey is the most iconic dish symbolizing thanksgiving. Turkey by itself is a lean meat and is considered healthy. However, addition of too much butter and margarine during roasting the turkey and the high calorie glazes and sauces used add to the calories.
To make a healthy holiday turkey, substitute butter with healthy olive oil, trying to use as little oil as possible. Try making a low-fat yet tangy Cider Glaze using turkey broth, apple cider, salt, pepper, and cider vinegar.
Add cider and vinegar and bring to a boil, boil till the liquid is reduced to half and then add the stock. Boil until the liquid is reduced to half for 8 to 12 minutes and your calorie free glaze is ready. Remember to use lots of crispy veggies such as broccoli, peppers and fresh herbs add fiber and vitamins to your turkey dinner.
Reduced Calorie Desserts
A great dessert recipe which is substantially calorie free would be apples stuffed with raisins in a tangy sauce of lemon juice, honey and cinnamon and baked in an oven. Besides, you can also make healthy pumpkin pies and pumpkin tarts by cutting the sugar and fat content of the recipes, while not sacrificing the taste.