Tip #1: Pass the Gravy
Traditional gravy is a high fat source. To make your gravy a little healthy, use a spoon to remove fat from meat and poultry dishes prior to mixing up your gravy. Another option to remove the fat is to freeze the pan drippings and then remove them before making gravy. Next, don't go overboard. Add a little gravy for flavoring and pass it on.
Tip #2: Trim the Turkey
Limit your turkey to about 4 ounces. This would be right around the size or a deck of cards. Select white turkey meat without the skin to cut back on unnecessary fat calories.
Tip #3: Stuff the stuffing right
Boost your veggie intake by sautéing a lot of veggies into your stuffing. Some veggies may include finely diced celery, carrots, and onions.
Tip #4: Skim Down the Potatoes
Use skim milk instead of cream when mashing potatoes. Add the butter and salt at the table instead of during preparation.
Tip #5: Juice the Yams
Tip #6: Cut the Crust
Prepare and/or select pies with a single layer of crust. The crust is a high source of fat and calories. Cut unnecessary calories by eliminating one layer of crust.
Tip #7: Wash it Down with Water
You can enjoy Thanksgiving without compromising your heart healthy diet goals. Just remember to savor every bite, take time to socialize with family and friends, and spread out the food throughout the day. You don't have to eat everything all at once!
Published On: November 22, 2010