I have a love hate relationship with Thanksgiving. I love the savory side dishes, rich desserts, and food-coma inducing entrees. I hate how the festive occasion can knock me off even my best attempts at keeping track of my diet, improved eating habits, and calorie counting.
If this sounds even a little bit familiar, you are not alone. The average American consumes over 4,500 calories during their Thanksgiving meal. Yes, 4,500. Just to put that in a bit of perspective, it would take a 130 lbs. person over 7 hours of running and 15 hours of walking to burn off this feast.
Looking for a way to celebrate without the additional calories? No problem. Check out these delicious and low calories alternatives to our favorites to keep you from having to replace your favorite running shoes.
An alternative to grandma’s pumpkin or sweet potato pie (we know nothing can replace grandma’s secret recipe, but this is a good second place).
Do you prefer to brine, bake, smoke or roast your turkey? These healthy turkey recipes are packed with flavors, from herbs and citrus to garlic and spice, to make your dinner uniquely delicious.
Tired of salads? Switch it up. Check out these delicious roasted veggies.
Craving something mashed but not interested in all the extra calories? Try this mashed cauliflower alternative!
With a little creativity, you can continue your healthy trends through the Thanksgiving holiday. Do you have a favorite healthy holiday recipe? Share links in the comments!