“I’ve got another confession to make…” (cue Foo Fighters here).
I don’t cook on Thanksgiving. Like, at all. Not one thing. Let’s add a yet to that sentence though, because someday I am sure I will. Currently, I do not have kids and am very mobile so travel to loved ones and they do the cooking. I consider myself fortunate. Not a huge fan of cooking overly large turkeys. In fact, I think I would cry if I had to cook a turkey, because I had a crying experience cooking a whole chicken once. I almost became a vegetarian at that very moment. No lie. And the thought still haunts me so I definitely do eat way less meat than I ever have. Can I get a hashtag animals rock?!?! Even chickens.
But, even though I do not cook on Thanksgiving, I do make some healthy swaps for the holidays in general. Which healthy swaps do I make you ask? Great question, Joe! I shall tell you….
Okay, back to my healthy swaps. Without further ado, my top 3 healthy swaps are…
- Pumpkin pie instead of Pecan pie. You save over 100 calories per slice by choosing pumpkin, plus you get all the vitamin goodness that is naturally in pumpkin. It is in the squash family, after all. To me, it also tastes better, but I know taste buds are different. If you still prefer the pecan pie, choose a smaller slice.
- Real fruit salad instead of frozen fruit salad. Frozen fruit salad was always a staple at my mom’s Thanksgiving table. But, frozen fruit salad often has the real fruit plus tons of juice and even sugar added before being put in the freezer. Fruit is naturally sweet and does not need all that extra sugar added. I vote for real fruit cut up (and the more colorful the better) in a fun and festive bowl!
- Oven roasted sweet potatoes instead of candied yams. Have you ever had a baked sweet potato with just a tad of butter and a little (or a lot) of cinnamon? Delish! You won’t ever go back to those candied yams with marshmellows. Seriously, try it. And a sweet potato should be about the size of your fist in case you were wondering. Those gigantic ones at some grocery stores are to be shared. Capeesh?
And now to you, dear friend. What healthy swap do you make at Thanksgiving or over holiday season?