48 hours until my favorite day of the year! Yep, no other holiday even begins to come close to Thanksgiving in my book. No gifts, no stress, just good time with friends and family and lots and lots of food. Some people get stressed thinking of ways to make Thanksgiving diet friendly, but one day of indulgence really won’t set you back that far, so I say just enjoy. But if you do want to keep it under control, here are a few tips and recipes.
1. Focus on fruits and veggies. Luckily a lot of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes are focused on seasonal produce. Roasted brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, and a salad with pears, cranberries, and pecans are always part of our spread. Also try a fruit focused dessert like this gluten free pear crisp. Maybe you’ll eat less of the heavy pie if you have this too. Or maybe not.
2. PORTIONS! I’m not the best representative for portion control to be honest, but none the less, I know it’s super important. Only take a few bites of the decadent stuff and load up on the veggies (see #1). My favorite trick…try making stuffing into individual muffin portions. Not only is the size limited, but you get a nice crispy crust on each stuffin muffin. Also, instead of adding pork sausage and butter to your stuffing, try chicken sausage, broth, and lots of celery and onion.
Bonus, they actually look a lot more appealing than a big mushy bowl of stuffing anyway.
3. Now, what NOT to do: make these sweet potatoes. My friends and I have started calling these “death potatoes” because they are probably slowly killing us but it’s a pretty good way to go. You take a great ingredient like sweet potatoes and then add gruyere, pancetta, and, wait for it, heavy cream. Very un-cook-tush. So let me repeat myself: Do not make these. (But here’s the recipe because they’re amazing).
Also, definitely DON’T make these delicious pumpkin whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting. But if you do, please bring me one since I’ve already eaten all the ones that my friend Susan brought over.
I hope everyone has a happy and healthy (but not too healthy) Thanksgiving!