Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s the time to gather family and friends, count your blessings, and gorge yourself on food. An average holiday meal contains over 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat, well above anyone’s caloric needs. With all the butter, cream, and bread hiding out in overly rich dishes, you may be kissing any health goals goodbye.
Contrary to what you might think, however, the holidays do not have to be your waistline’s greatest enemy. There are dozens of delicious, healthy, low-calorie Thanksgiving dish options available to discover. Even if you aren’t feeling up to preparing the meals yourself, Phoenix home health care specialists can help you shop and prepare these delightful, healthy Thanksgiving recipes.
Curried Pumpkin Soup
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without pumpkin. Instead of turning this gourd into a sugar filled pie, why not warm yourself up with a spicy curried soup filled with this fall favorite.
Arugula Salad with Fennel, Apple, and Pecans
Before you dig into heavier dishes, fill up on lighter, greener foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Try out this festive mix of crisp arugula and fennel, complimented by the sweet crunch of apples and pecans. Top it off with a light balsamic vinaigrette to save yourself the calories.
Healthier (Vegan) Creamed Corn
This is a healthy twist on the classic heavy creamed corn. Substitute the cream for coconut milk and add a mix of spices to create a healthier (and vegan) version of creamed corn.
Basil Cranberry Sauce
Drop the regular sugary cranberry sauce for this one. It’s got an herbal twist and is sweetened to perfection using apple juice as opposed to regular sugar.
Kale and Butternut Squash Stuffing
Every Thanksgiving feast needs some stuffing. There are dozens of recipes out there, but none are as healthy or unexpectedly delicious as this kale and butternut squash stuffing. It’s an unusual combo of veggies that cooks up quickly and can be made vegetarian-friendly.
Chef Meg’s Roasted Root Vegetables
It’s almost impossible to go wrong with vegetables and you certainly won’t regret trying out this roasted root medley. Grab the fall harvest of carrots, yams, turnips, potatoes and combine with garlic and herbs for an affordable, healthy, and filling side dish.
Quinoa and Sweet Potato-Stuffed Mushrooms
As an alternative to turkey, for any vegetarians out there, this sweet potato-stuffed mushroom recipe is your ticket to a filling main dish. Quinoa is about as healthy as you can get, a whole grain and complete protein all in one package. Combine that with the richness of sweet potato and mushroom and this dish is a clear winner.
Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
If you thought you had to give up the turkey to stay healthy on Thanksgiving, think again. Turkey is among the healthier meats available, rich in protein and minerals and low in fat. Choose an organic turkey and lose yourself in the savory goodness of this herb-roasted turkey.
Thanksgiving Home Care Helpers
The holiday preparations can be an overwhelming time, especially if you are attempting to put all the food and festivities for your family alone. Caregivers working in home care in Phoenix understand that you may need help along the way. They know how important staying healthy is an can provide the extra support you need over the holiday season. A homecare Phoenix caregiver can help with any shopping, cooking, or holiday preparation you need. For more information about how MD Home Health/Home Assist can help with your home care in Phoenix, please give us a call today.