At FHR, we understand that there are many benefits to making healthy eating choices, and they aren't just physical. Eating healthy is just as important to our mental health as it is to our physical health. However, this can be especially challenging during the holiday season.
Try our staff suggested recipes and tips for a healthier Thanksgiving this year:
Sugarless Cranberry Sauce
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Mashed sweet potatoes! They're a healthier alternative because they are sweet and do not need butter, milk, or salt! - Ashley R., Maine
- Using skim or fat free evaporated milk in your recipes will cut down on the calories. We had this discussion in our Day Program today, and an individual recommended to stick to portion sizes. Another alternative is pumpkin instead of pecan pie. A slice of pumpkin pie is about 270 calories, while pecan pie is about 800! And the pumpkin is an antioxidant and a vegetable! - Sherri G., Maine
- Some healthy recipe substitutions: instead of using whole eggs, use egg whites. If one of your favorite dishes calls for sour cream, you can use low-fat plain yogurt or low-fat sour cream. Use skim milk or 1% in the place of whole milk. Some of us love to have ice cream with our favorite pie, but we can substitute frozen yogurt. - Sonya W., North Carolina
- Staff in Virginia suggest preparing Green Bean Almondine, and incorporating lots of greens and mixed vegetables into your holiday menu
The information listed above are the thoughts of individuals and does not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of FHR. Some responses have been edited for length and clarity.