Turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, and pie. A traditional Thanksgiving meal can have more than 2000 calories and 100 grams of fat! (Keep in mind, 3500 calories equals a pound of fat). Here are 10 simple tips that can make your meal healthy without sacrificing the taste.
1. Don't stuff the turkey with the dressing, as it absorbs much of the fat. Bake it in a covered casserole dish instead, or just stuff a small amount in the turkey to flavor the stuffing.
2. Sauté onions and celery in a small amount of butter. 1 teaspoon is enough to do the job. Use chicken or turkey broth for additional moisture.
3. Roast the turkey on a rack so the fat drips away from the bird.
4. Use a fat separator turkey baster for the roasting pan juices and skim off all fat before making the gravy. 5. Eat a good breakfast, and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Don't start the meal starving and over eat!
6. To keep your turkey moist without all the fat, cook it in a browning bag.
7. Skip the roll and load up on the protein and veggies with a little stuffing and potatoes.
8. Fill your stuffing with lots of low calorie things like onions, celery, and poultry seasoning.
9. Make your sweet potatoes using egg whites instead of whole eggs.
10. Everyone loves leftovers, so GIVE them away! One special meal won't sabotage your efforts, a weeks worth of leftovers will!