Delicious Holiday Food Substitutes
Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can’t even say those words without gaining a pound (of fat, not muscle). It is one of the happiest times of the year, but THE most tempting. For many, food is comfort. We relate certain dishes to memories and there is nothing happier than sitting down with your family, eating until you could bust and taking a long nap. Your thoughts of healthy fats, portion control and flat abs seem to fade away in your tryptophan induced slumber.
Fear not, hungry friends!
Below are a few tried and true recipe swaps to ensure that you can eat all your favorite dishes with your family, but feel good about what you have just put in your body!
Who could resist such salty, gravy topped goodness?! Swap white mashed potatoes out for savory mashed sweet potatoes from Slim Palate (http://slimpalate.com/herbed-sweet-potato-mash/)
Healthy? Yes. Filling? Totally! Guilt Free? 100%. The key is to boil the potatoes in chicken broth, but it likely wouldn’t taste too shabby if you used all that delicious turkey broth!
Not eating something pumpkin related over the holidays is practically a sin. Gluttony, Greed, Pumpkin Abstinence, etc. You get the point. Pumpkin, in its natural state, is very good for you. It’s when you buy “pumpkin pie filling” that you’re just asking for a stomach ache. Think outside the box with PaleOMG’s Pumpkin Pie Granola Parfait (http://paleomg.com/pumpkin-pie-granola-parfaits/). This blog has excellent recipes for every meal and the blogger is quite hilarious.
*Bonus for all you dog lovers out there: pumpkin is actually good for your pooch. Raw canned pumpkin is a great way to treat your dog over Thanksgiving (and any other time)! Fill an ice cube tray with spoonfuls of canned, all-natural pumpkin and freeze. Add to their meal or give as a special treat once a day. Packs a good punch of soluble fiber for their digestive system!
Lose the can this year and get a good dose of healthy antioxidants with NomNomPaleo’s Cran Cherry Sauce (http://nomnompaleo.com/post/66981815680/paleo-cran-cherry-sauce). One of the commenter’s suggested adding orange zest to this recipe and that sounds delicious!
Yet another staple! This Chocolate Pecan Pie from Elana’s Pantry (http://www.elanaspantry.com/chocolate-pecan-pie/) is on my short list for this year. I recommend breaking up a baking bar for the chocolate chunks. Often times, chocolate chips don’t come in anything higher than 63% cacao. Gluten-free pie crusts can also be found in the gluten-free section of your grocery store.
The day after the big feast, lighten up with Elena’s Pantry Paleo Turkey Hash (http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-turkey-hash/). You can swap out the pumpkin for sweet potato and dig right in!
Have any favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Please share! New recipes can often lead to new traditions and become new family favorites.
I, also, apologize that half of these recipes are dessert related. It’s no secret that I have a one track mind.
Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!