The Holidays are upon us and that means lots and lots of food. We all start off with the best of intentions. The desire to not eat too much, or not eat that last slice of pie, but inevitably, when we are surrounded by family and friends, it happens. We at Momentum understand this, but we also believe in a long healthy, pain-free life, and because of that we want to support your Thanksgiving efforts with some healthy recipes that you can make at home, or take with you to the next get together.
In the past we’ve provided some healthy snack recipes for your kids, healthy Fall soup recipes, heart healthy meals, and even provided some amazing Super Bowl ideas to keep you from those super snack blues the next day. Here are some recipes that span side dishes, appetizers, and even desserts. Which are your favorite?
Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes For the Family
Green Bean Casserole
This seems to be a staple at many Thanksgiving tables. As such, it’s time to kick this up a bit and avoid some of the heavy salt intake from something that can still remain fresh and delicious. For starters, avoid using the canned soup and use a low-fat milk to make the sauce yourself. This dish has the benefit of fresh green beans and cooked shallots and is a nice compliment to the delicious turkey.
Butternut Squash Soup
This fan favorite is typically made with heavier creams that add a lot of unnecessary items that will only leave you feeling bloated and tired, despite how good it might taste. But this version is so good that your guests won’t be able to tell the difference. The key is to use chicken stock and unsalted butter. The benefit of this is that you control all the ingredients and keep the fresh and healthy benefits of this tasty dish.
Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are common around Thanksgiving tables across the US, but too often you see it smothered with marshmallows and a lot of brown sugar. But these taters have a natural sweetness to them already that pairs well with lots of other things, in this case, chipotle chili peppers. Let the potato take center stage this year and have the peppers accompany these amazing flavors and everyone will want seconds and thirds.
Gluten Free Stuffing
You read that right – gluten free stuffing. Who doesn’t love stuffing? It pairs so well with ham or turkey, and almost seems wrong to not have it at the table. For those looking for something different, especially those with sensitivities to gluten, here is a stuffing that anyone can enjoy. Just start with your favorite gluten free bread and pair it with fresh vegetables and spices and you’ll have a recipe for success!
Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie
Who’s ready for a slice of pie? This recipe aligns with those that want to enjoy all that Thanksgiving has to offer but are looking for healthier alternatives due to gluten sensitivities. What’s a Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? Well this recipe covers you- the crust, the filling, you name it. So whip up something healthy for your family and friends with what is sure to be a real crowd pleaser.
Our entire team here at Momentum Physical Therapy wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving. Whether you’re traveling or staying at home, we encourage you to stay active, stay healthy, and stay safe.