In five short days we will be heading home for the anticipated Thanksgiving break, nine days of relaxation, delicious food, family time and visiting friends from home. These last few days before break may be swamped but there is no better way to get your mind off of things and take a little break with food and friends. Friendsgiving is a fun way to celebrate with those you love here at school before we leave for the holiday break. Thanksgiving food is filling and delicious but not always healthy. Take this opportunity to celebrate in a healthier fashion with your friends before stuffing your face with the Thanksgiving comfort foods we know and love when you get home. Below are a few alternative options for those classic Thanksgiving dishes that you can try out and enjoy with the company of friends. Of course you don’t have to make your entire friendsgiving healthy, this is of course the time of year where it is fine to indulge in those unhealthy options, but switching a few dishes for the healthy version can help you from feeling so sluggish after eating. Cook these for your friends then show off your new skills and recipes at home on Thanksgiving for your families.
Mashed potatoes with butter and garlic can be full of carbs and fat, an easy and delicious alternative you can use is cauliflower as your mashed potatoes. It will look almost identical so you can really trick your brain into thinking that you are eating the real thing. You can get the low carb “fauxtato” recipe here.
Stuffing from a package or made from white bread can be full of processed ingredients that do nothing but bad things for your body. Opt for whole grain bread or for the gluten intolerant choose gluten free bread. This recipe uses many different fresh produce as ingredients for a tasty herb and apple stuffing. You can get the recipe here.
Rolls and Bread
Croissants, rolls and biscuits whatever form it comes in bread is delicious, it is also chock full of carbs and lets face it, you are not skipping out on the butter either. An alternative to those filling breads can be flatbread. Flatbread is an even better alternative because it allows you to add more flavors to your meal by adding different spreads and dip including your choice of hummus or different salsas. Switching to flatbread is a win-win situation for your meal you get to cut calories while adding delectable and healthy dips.
Sweet Potato Casserole
This might not be a universal Thanksgiving dish but those who eat it love it. Sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, butter and cinnamon it does not get much better than that and this is a dish with dinner not even the dessert. This dish is full of sugar, but a healthy alternative to this without losing the sweet flavors is this roasted sweet potatoes with honey and cinnamon. Still just as delicious with less sugar and you can find this recipe here.
Green Bean Casserole
Some love it; others hate it as for me it is what I look forward to most during Thanksgiving. Green beans in a creamy soup sauce with fried onions on top, delectable but not quite nutritious other than the green beans, but of course that all gets cancelled out by the cream and fried counterparts. For those that get as excited for this dish as I, do no fear, I have the healthy recipe here. Still creamy, crunchy and still flavorful thanks to using Greek yogurt and grilled shallots as a substitute for the fried onions and canned or packaged ingredients.
Arguably the best part about the meal. Anything you do not like you can drown in gravy and it will taste good. It goes on just about every part of the meal except for the dessert. Unfortunately it is full of unhealthy fats. Check out this recipe for half the fat but all of the flavor for your gravy.
No matter how much you eat, you always have room for dessert. Nothing is wrong with treating yourself especially during this time of the year. But, to save calories and yourself from cursing the world on the couch because you ate so much, try out this recipe for pumpkin pie bites. These are a smaller version of the staple dessert dish of the season. Whether or not you stick to eating just one or two is up to you, but hey, at least you tried right?
Tis the season for friends, family and of course, food, try out one or all of these healthier versions of your favorite Thanksgiving food recipes for your friendsgiving before you go home for the break. Impress your family with your nutritious but delicious meals and who knows, your dish could become the next family favorite.
Peace, Love and DDP, from my friendsgiving family to yours,