Thanksgiving 2013 is right around the corner, therefore now is the best time to decide what will be on your thanksgiving 2013 menu. Everyone is always trying to lose weight after the holidays but if you make wise and healthy choices during the holidays then losing the weight won’t be as difficult. Below are some healthy choices for your Thanksgiving 2013 menu.
Having turkey for your Thanksgiving 2013 menu is the classic entre for a Thanksgiving dinner. These days there are so many options for what kind of turkey you can buy. You can get organic, kosher, free-range, and the list literally goes on and on. It is best to get a turkey that meets the dietary restrictions of the majority of the peoples that will be eating it and is healthiest for you.
If you are going to go through the trouble of buying a healthy Thanksgiving turkey, then you will need to make sure the stuffing you put in it is equally healthy. A lot of people use tons of butter, cream, bacon bits, or sausage in stuffing. Those ingredients are quite tasty, but they are also extremely high in calories and fat.
Instead you should opt for ingredients such as canola oil instead of butter, low-sodium chicken broth, do not add any bacon or sausage, and whole grain cubes instead of white bread. It is also wise to cook the stuffing separately from the turkey instead of inside of the turkey, this way the fat in the turkey does not fall into the stuffing. Basically switching every ingredient that is bad for you will make it healthier.
Mashed potatoes are amazingly delicious, but once again they are loaded with fat and salt. To make a healthier version of mashed potatoes use light sour cream instead of regular, fat-free milk or unsweetened almond milk, sea salt, and a little bit of fresh oregano, rosemary, or thyme. Using ingredients such as these is less fattening and healthier, adding the herbs will help a lot with the flavor while saving you the extra calories of adding more salt and butter.
This is not an exhaustive list of what to put on your Thanksgiving 2013 menu, but some ways to help give ideas as to how you can swap certain ingredients for healthier ones, and make overall healthier choices for your Thanksgiving dinner. What are some healthy foods you are cooking this thanksgiving? Feel free to let us know in the comments below!