Thanksgiving Dishes 2017
Thanksgiving is a time to rest, eat and give thanks for the blessings of the year. But the days that pass between this celebration and the New Year are when you eat the most! Without realizing it, you end up eating all the calories of the day in one meal and gaining weight in one night.
1. Gravy (juice or turkey sauce)
This dressing is composed mostly of the fat that falls off the turkey during cooking. It is very high in cholesterol and lousy for the heart since each cup of this product (packed) is around 120 calories and has 1.5 g of saturated fat, 5 mg of cholesterol and 1,373 mg of sodium.
Alternative: Vegetable Based Sauce
For a healthier dressing, boil your favorite vegetables and mix them in the blender with chicken broth and spices. Try tomatoes, beans, celery or onions and add orange peel, parsley or lemon. It is a delicious replacement without cholesterol, with only 19 calories and just 1 gram of fat.
This sweet dish is eaten before or during dinner accompanied by a little butter. But each serving provides 180 calories, 5 grams of fat and 12 grams of sugar. So although it looks delicious, the most sensible thing would be to ignore it.
Replacement: cooked corn
With much fewer calories than cornbread, it takes away the craving without damaging the figure. If you avoid bathing it in butter, your abdomen will thank you for the following days. A medium unit provides 70 calories, 0.6 g of fat and 2.10 g of fiber, which represents 8% of the daily requirements.
Although each recipe is different, it is usually full of sodium and fat. It is made with toasted bread, lots of butter, bacon, and celery, among other ingredients. If it is cooked inside the turkey, it also absorbs all the fat of the bird. Each serving provides 200 calories, 6 grams of fat and 750 mg of sodium.
Replacement: autumn salad
Nothing accompanies the turkey of Thanksgiving better than a good salad with the flavors of autumn. You can prepare it with arugula, spinach, pears, almonds and low-fat feta cheese, seasoned with balsamic vinegar. It provides 130 calories, 5 grams of fat and 94 grams of sodium.
4. Sweet potato
It’s like eating dessert during dinner since even the healthiest versions have a lot of brown sugar or maple syrup. The American Heart Association recommends a maximum of 25 grams of sugar a day for women and 37 grams for men. But this dish provides 210 calories per serving and 38 grams of sugar, not counting marshmallows or marshmallows!
Replacement: sweet potato in the oven
Sweet potato has many healthy properties when prepared correctly. It is a good source of vitamins A and C, it is high in fiber and can even help fight certain types of cancer. If you bake it with a little butter, honey and cinnamon, you will only have 140 calories and 9 grams of sugar per serving.
5. Skin and dark meat of the turkey
The turkey can be of the leanest meats if you know how to choose well. Although both are high in protein, dark meat with skins has more calories than white and almost three times the amount of fat. Each serving provides 270 calories, 12 grams of fat, 150 mg of cholesterol and 40 grams of protein.
The turkey breast is among the healthiest meats and is a great option for those who seek to keep the diet in this celebration. Try to fill your plate with breast and boiled vegetables and you will be able to resist the gastronomic temptations of the night, with only 150 calories per serving, 2.4 grams of fat, 52 mg of cholesterol and 25 grams of protein.
6. Green beans
This vegetable dish is deceptive. The green beans are bathed in butter, cheese, and salt with fried onions on top. Each serving represents 130 calories, 9 g of fat and 460 mg of sodium.
Replacement: boiled green beans
The green beans are full of vitamins and fiber. Each serving provides 40 calories, 5 gr of fiber and 90 mg of sodium. Serve them with a little salt and combine them with almonds and olive oil to take advantage of their beneficial oils for your heart.
7. Mashed potatoes with butter
The problem is not the potato, but what is added to achieve the creamy consistency that we like so much. The whole milk, butter, and salt make this dish is prohibited for the diet, as it provides 237 calories per serving, plus 9 grams of fat and 666 mg of sodium.
Replacement: baked potato
There are dietary versions of the puree that is prepared with skim milk and little butter. But the best way to eat a potato is baked and peeled. It contains a lot of potassium that helps keep your heart healthy, 145 calories per serving, 3 grams of fiber and 50 mg of sodium.
8. Canned sour cranberry jelly (cranberry)
A can of ‘cranberry’ has almost four times the recommended daily amount of sugar. If you want to leave space (and grams of sugar) for dessert, be careful with the amount of jelly you put on your plate. One can contain 420 calories and 84 grams of sugar.
Replacement: homemade sour cranberry sauce
Cranberries are a good source of vitamins and fiber. They are also the fruits that contain more antioxidants and help prevent certain types of cancer. Buy them fresh or frozen and prepare them with sweetener, orange peel, and a little cinnamon. They only provide 45 calories and 4 gr of fiber per cup.
9. Cake of pecan nuts (pecan pie)
It is a slow death because it is both delicious and bad for health. All the effort you made during dinner can be spoiled with a single bite of this dessert. A portion, not counting the vanilla ice cream that many add, provides 500 calories, 37 grams of fat and 26 grams of sugar.
Replacement: roasted apple
If you stayed with the craving for something sweet after dinner, prepare an apple baked with a little brown sugar and cinnamon. Provides 100 calories per serving, no fat and 23 grams of sugar
10. Alcoholic beverages
Choose your sin. If you’re going to be happy at dinner, you do not need to abuse alcohol since two drinks can add up to 300 calories to your total sum of the night. You also lose your willpower and end up eating more than you had planned. A Martini provides 225 calories and a glass of red wine, 120 calories
Water with lemon
Drinking water before and during dinner helps you feel satisfied faster. Try to take a glass before you sit down and another while you eat so you can control how much food you eat. This drink has zero calories, fat, and sugar but 100 in health!