Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Published on November 09, 2018

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Photo of a prepared Thanksgiving dinner

Healthy-Up Your Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Three Recipes to Modify

Photo of a prepared Thanksgiving dinnerThanksgiving is a time to reflect on what you are grateful for but it is also a time to gather with loved ones and enjoy a good meal (or two!). While Thanksgiving is known for overindulging in what you eat, your health does not have to take the back burner.

To go along with your Thanksgiving turkey and ham, here are three traditional side dishes that have been modified with healthier ingredients: 

  1. Roasted green beans with sun-dried tomatoes: Clean and cut the green beans; then toss with olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, pepper and light salt. Bake on 425 degrees until slightly crisp (approx. 12 minutes). In this recipe we substituted the traditionally used butter for olive oil and cut back on the salt. 
  2. Mashed potatoes: A traditional mashed potatoes recipe uses whole milk or heavy cream, butter and sour cream which are all heavy in fats. Substitute these ingredients with 1% or 2% milk, butter flavored olive oil or Greek yogurt in place of butter, and low-fat or fat-free sour cream. By doing so, you can save some calories and reduce your saturated fat intake for the day.
  3. Stuffing: Use a fat-free or low-fat broth in place of regular chicken or turkey broth. Also, use a reduced or low sodium broth. Additionally, load your stuffing with twice the amount of celery, onion, carrots and mushrooms so that you increase your vegetable intake for the day. “PIH Health Dietitian Andrea Adams says, “Vegetables contain nutrients including fiber which help with digestion after a long day of eating like Thanksgiving Day.”

Andrea added, “These modifications are something that can be taken to account in every day meal planning and cooking not just on special occasions. It is then that the real difference will be made.”

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