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Healthi(er) Thanksgiving

 

NO ONE likes counting calories on Thanksgiving.

I believe that Thanksgiving is one of the few days of the year where one can throw caution to the wind and simply enjoy food. On Thanksgiving, no one wants to turn their nose from their mama’s buttery mashed potatoes because it probably contains more calories than a double cheeseburger.

But, wanting to indulge in some good food on Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a be all end all to your healthy eating. There is a trick to indulging without snapping buckles. For every ‘unhealthy’ food you have, eat a ‘healthy’ one. So, check out these healthy alternatives for some of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

Roasted Butternut Squash (All Recipes)

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Ingredients
1 butternut squash – peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Directions
1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2.) Toss butternut squash with olive oil and garlic in a large bowl. Season with salt and black pepper. Arrange coated squash on a baking sheet.
3.) Roast in the preheated oven until squash is tender and lightly browned, 25 to 30 minutes.

Smashed Cauliflower (All Recipes)

Mashed-Cauliflower

Ingredients
2 (16 ounce) packages frozen cauliflower
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
Directions
1.) Place cauliflower in a pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain and return cauliflower to pot.
2.) Stir butter, black pepper, salt, and garlic into cooked cauliflower.
3.) Mash cauliflower mixture with a potato masher or whisk until a smooth consistency similar to mashed potatoes.

Baked Peaches (All Recipes)

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Ingredients
1 (16 ounce) package frozen peach slices
1/3 cup brown sugar substitute
1/4 cup pecans
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2.) Spread peach slices into a baking dish in a single layer. Stir brown sugar substitute, pecans, flour, and vanilla extract together; spread over the peach slices.
3.) Bake in preheated oven until the peaches are heated through, 20 to 30 minutes.

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