Thanksgiving Leftover Help & Healthy Substitutions

by Michelle on November 21, 2018

With tomorrow being a HUGE “food holiday” you’re most likely going to have some leftovers that will be round two of the Thanksgiving feast.  If you don’t want to have the same dishes a second day then here are some healthy ideas for leftovers that should help keep you full and feeling well.

These sites offer a variety of leftover ideas that can be made “as-is” or with simple healthy substitutions to keep your diet on track:

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipes/15335/holidays-and-events/thanksgiving/leftovers/

https://www.foodnetwork.com/thanksgiving/leftovers/best-thanksgiving-leftover-recipes

https://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g1064/thanksgiving-leftovers/

https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/new-ideas-for-thanksgiving-leftovers/view-all/

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/g3058/7-genius-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers/

Some simple healthy substitutions that still taste great:

  1. Serve yogurt based dips and raw vegetables instead of full-fat dips with cheese and crackers
  2. Opt for wine spritzers instead of other higher calorie options
  3. Have white meat instead of dark to save some fat and calories
  4. Make your own stuffing/dressing so you can control the ingredients
  5. Roast vegetables instead of cooking then in a sugary sauce
  6. Make low-fat gravy with broth, herbs, and non-fat milk
  7. Skip cranberry “sauce” and have cranberry “relish” instead
  8. Eat fresh green beans lightly sautéed in a little bit of butter with sliced onions and almonds
  9. Try having whole wheat rolls instead of white
  10. Avoid calorie laden pecan or fruit pies and have pumpkin pie

No matter what you eat tomorrow keep in mind that moderation is the key to sustained weight loss and enjoy time with family, friends, and good food.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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