Healthy Thanksgiving Food Alternatives


Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones and to recognize all that we have to be thankful for.

As heartwarming as this holiday is, it is also often paired with a banquet of unhealthy food. Save yourself and your guests some unnecessary calories (and extra pounds) with these healthier alternatives.

Herb-Stuffed Turkey Breast

Rather than stuffing your turkey in a deep fryer, stuff some lean turkey breast meat with delicious herbs! This new take on the typical Thanksgiving main course will be a tasty surprise that everyone will love. Bonus: it takes the guess work out of how big of a turkey you’ll need, as you can scale the number of turkey breasts accordingly!

Recipe: http://greatist.com/eat/recipes/herb-stuffed-turkey-breast

Sweet Potato-Pecan Casserole

Sweet potato casserole is a fan favorite for this holiday, however it is typically loaded with butter and added sugar. This alternative uses very little brown sugar and honey to sweeten the dish, and has no butter added. Try this healthier alternative so you can savor the flavor of sweet potato casserole without the extra side of guilt to go with it.

Recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/sweet-potato-pecan-casserole-recipe.html

Wild Rice Stuffing

Skip the white-bread stuffing and try this wild rice variation instead! Another benefit to this recipe: rather than being packed with sausage, butter, and bread, this healthy alternative features a delicious combination of celery, mushrooms, and onion with sweet apples and cranberries.

Recipe: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/recipes/wild-rice-or-quinoa-stuffing/rcp-20049945

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This year, trade out your usual green bean casserole laden with condensed cream and french fried onions for this healthier side instead! These maple roasted brussel sprouts have just enough decadence with the addition of sweet maple syrup and diced pancetta, but are much better for your waistline.

Recipe: http://sayyes.com/2012/11/maple-roasted-brussels-sprouts.html

May you enjoy a guilt-free holiday this year, with a table full of healthy food, surrounded by the ones you love. Happy Thanksgiving from the Cool Springs Chiropractic Team!

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