2… more… days… till THANKSGIVING!
The one day of the year that is completely dedicated to food. Literally. We’re supposed to give some thanks in there but lets be serious. Its all about the turkey. gravy. pumpkin pie. and SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE!
However, us smart, savvy, gorgeous ladies (and you studly guys) also know that Thanksgiving is a day of diet sabotaging land mines that don’t just sneak up on you – they’re literally put in front of your face. So I decided to call in the reinforcements! Ashley is here today to give us Turkey Day Survival Tips to help us navigate the tempting buffet line and keep us feeling healthy and confident the whole holiday through!
So I’m going to let Ash take it away, and after I’ll be back with an irresistible Skinny Maple-Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole with half the fat and calories of traditional recipes. Not bad, huh?
You can easily fulfill your entire day’s worth of calories in one sitting on Thanksgiving! With an endless buffet of high fat and high calorie dishes, it can seem like healthy eating is the ultimate challenge. However, it is possible to make healthy choices that will prevent you from completely sabotaging your diet.
Tips for keeping your calorie count in check:
1.) Start the day off with a healthy breakfast and eat a light lunch to help prevent overindulging at dinner.
2.) Have low calorie foods on hand to nibble on before dinner so that you are not starving when you sit down to eat (i.e. fresh veggies, unsalted nuts).
3.) Avoid appetizers, snacks and finger foods. Save your calories for the main meal!
4.) Limit yourself to one plate. If you’re going to go round 2 on something, make it the turkey (light meat). It is one of the only Thanksgiving dishes that is low in carbohydrates and high in protein.
5.) Eat slowly and drink water in between bites. If you are thinking of going up for seconds, give yourself a few minutes to digest first and make sure you are actually still hungry.
6.) Roast your turkey. Avoid frying or adding extra fat during cooking. Remove the skin before eating. Choose the light meat over dark meat.
7.) Take very small portions or samples of several dishes to you are not completely depriving yourself.
8.) Eat your vegetables. Filling up on non-starchy vegetables will help keep you from over eating other high calorie dishes (side salad, squash, carrots, green beans).
Wondering the calorie count on some of your favorite dishes?? Below is a great website that gives the average caloric value for some favorite Thanksgiving dishes. This can help you plan out your meal choices ahead of time.
So are we all ready to make smart choices on Turkey Day??
And don’t think that smart choices mean sacrificing all the delicious flavor you love!
Its all about finding the right recipes – That’s why I created this Skinny Maple-Pecan Casserole recipe. It’s got all the creaminess, all the flavor, and all the sweet maple syrupy goodness you want… for just 188 calories per serving! Compare that to traditional Sweet Potato Casserole….
Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole: 624 calories
My Skinny Sweet Maple-Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole: 188 calories
Yields 10 servings
You can make this dish up to 2 days ahead – assemble and refrigerate. Then bake the entire dish just before serving.
- 3 lbs sweet potato
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or regular skim milk)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons vegan margarine, melted (or regular butter)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
For the Topping
- 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with tin foil. Place sweet potatoes on baking sheet and pierce several times with a fork. Bake for 1 hour or until tender. Let cool slightly, peel and mash in a large bowl.
- Reduce heat to 350 degrees.
- Add almond milk, maple syrup, melted margarine, cinnamon, nutmeg, and egg to mashed sweet potatoes and beat with a mixer until well combined and fluffy.
- In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, chopped pecans, and cinnamon.
- Spoon potato mixture into a 2-quart baking dish and evenly distribute brown sugar mixture over the top.
- Bake 25-30 minutes until hot and slightly light brown along the edges.
And the winner of my Frigidaire Giveaway is….Lynna!
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