Healthy T-Day Swaps
Easy tips to lighten up your Thanksgiving feast
A timeline of a typical Thanksgiving dinner:
4:00 Your family sits down and starts devouring everything in sight.
4:45 Everyone leans back and agrees that they’ve never eaten so much…
5:30 You all stagger into the family room to watch football.
6:00 Halftime — back to the table for pie!
6:20 More complaints about overeating followed by more pie!
6:45 The meal is finally over and, ignoring all evidence, everyone agrees that they didn’t really eat that much. It’s back to the family room for more football and potato chips.
12:00 Raid the fridge for a midnight snack.
If any of this rings a bell, we have something very valuable for you. No, not a forklift to get everybody out of their chairs, but a healthier, less fattening way to celebrate!
We chatted with Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop’s Chef, Kristi Ritchey, who totally embodies what it means to be a healthy foodie! After a lifelong struggle with her weight, the LA-based chef lost 110 pounds with a steady diet of Greenleaf’s healthy menu items and regular exercise. Check out Kristi’s 10 easy tricks to healthy holiday feasting:
- Think outside the box when it comes to the menu. Include salads and vegetable dishes. FFF loves Greenleaf’s Roasted Cauliflower Salad!
- Omit thick, dairy-based sauces for meats. Use marinades or rubs to add flavor.
- Make roasted yams with agave and cinnamon instead of candied yams to cut calories and fat.
- Create a menu, estimate how much food you will need, and then decrease it by 25%. Most people have a tendency to make too much food, and thus overeat.
- When making stuffing, substitute wheat bread instead of white; egg whites in place of whole; use fat-free milk, and add extra vegetables and fresh herbs.
- When basting roasts, use a homemade vinaigrette instead of butter.
- Make your own dressings and sauces using seasonal inspirations. This can be super simple. For example, to create Greenleaf’s Pomegranate Reduction, just simmer pomegranate juice until it has the consistency of syrup.
- Use agave or sugar substitutes in desserts. There are also recipes that use unsweetened applesauce in place of butter.
- If you want cranberries with dinner, make a cranberry-orange relish sweetened with agave instead of the traditional sugary cranberry sauce.
- When putting out snacks for the football game, make smart choices such as popped chips or veggies with hummus.
xx, The FabFitFun Team
Posted on November 22, 2011