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Tuesday, 16 November 2010 22:22

Thanksgiving can be a healthier holiday

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you are thinking of things to get before the cooking starts.  Below are a few suggestions to help you plan your Thanksgiving Day shopping list, keep in mind healthy ingredients make favorite family recipes tasty and good for you, too.

  • For dips, sauces and pie toppings, use non-fat yogurt, fat-free sour cream or non-fat whipped topping. Non-fat yogurt is best in dishes that don’t require heating.
  • Try evaporated skim milk instead of whole milk.
  • Use low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth in your mashed potatoes to add flavor and lighten holiday fat content.
  • Choose reduced-fat cheeses for salads and casseroles.
  • Use egg substitutes in place of whole eggs.
  • Use whole-grain bread for stuffing or wild rice as a side dish.
  • Top casseroles with almonds instead of fried onion rings.

Pack your shopping cart with plenty of fresh vegetables like sweet potatoes, winter squash, broccoli, carrots and green beans. Apples, cranberries and pears combine easily for a tasty salad, fruit crisp or topping for the turkey.