From turkey with all the trimmings to pie with all the fillings, America’s eating fest is Thanksgiving.
“The average holiday dinner alone can carry a load of 3,000 calories. And many nibble through another 1,500 calories, downing appetizers and drinks before and after the big meal,” according to CalorieControl.org.
A little brie on some mashed parsnips goes a long way instead of buttery potatoes, and skip the crust for a healthier Thanksgiving pumpkin dessert.
Another way to save calories is to swap out your buttery, carb-laden stuffing for a butternut squash stuffing.
“Butternut squash compose of many vital poly-phenolic anti-oxidants and vitamins. As in other Cucurbitaceae members, butternut too has very low calories; 100 g provides just 45 calories. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, is rich source of dietary fiber and phyto-nutrients,” according to Nutrition and You.
Here are some of my healthier versions of the above-mentioned Thanksgiving recipes:
BUTTERNUT BACON AND APPLE STUFFING
• 12 pieces of sprouted bread, cubed (about 8 cups)
• 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into ½” cubes (about 6 cups)
• 1/2 lb. turkey bacon, diced
• ½ cup of finely chopped onion
• 1 clove of finely chopped garlic
• 4 medium granny smith apples, diced
• 6 tbsp. organic coconut oil
• ½ tsp. of sea salt
• 1 tbsp. cinnamon
• 2 tsp. nutmeg
• 2 tsp. raw brown sugar
• 2 ½ cups of low-sodium chicken broth
• 3 large eggs
• 4 oz. smoked gouda
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. On a cookie sheet, bake the sprouted bread cubes at 450 degrees for approximately 10 minutes, until toasted and crisp.
Toss the butternut squash with 1 tbsp. coconut oil, ½ tsp salt cinnamon and nutmeg. Roast at 450 degrees for approximately 15 minutes until soft and browned.
Cook bacon over medium heat, then add onion and garlic. Cook until bacon is crispy and onions and garlic are soft.
Add the apple and brown sugar to the onions and bacon, cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples and onions are caramelized, about 10-12 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix the bread, squash, onions and apples together.