Worst Offenders at the Thanksgiving Table
Worst Offenders at the Thanksgiving Table
Babyboomers.com Staff

Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away and some of us may already be dreaming about turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Before digging into every delicious dish offered at your feast this year, you may want to take a quick pause and look at this list below. Why? Because according to a Reader's Digest article, nutrition pros think these fourteen dishes are the worst offenders not only at Thanksgiving feasts, but throughout the holiday season too.

Some of the dishes are obvious, but others may surprise you. Skip or modify the recipes to a healthier version and you could skip the bloating and weight gain that often follows.

Candied yams - sugar, marshmallows and butter make these a poor choice.

Boxed stuffing - usually filled with unhealthy trans fats, salt and chemicals.

Cornbread - usually high in calories and fat and easy to overeat! And store-bought versions usually contain a lot of artificial additives and preservatives.

Green bean casserole - high in calories, fat and sodium.

Biscuits - if store bough or from a tube, they are usually filled with nasty hyper-processed ingredients, with little nutritional value.

Pecan pie - very high in calories.

Mac and cheese - butter, milk, pasta and cheese, need we say more? Plus, it's available all year long, not really special for a holiday.

Mashed potatoes - mixed with butter, cream and topped with gravy and potatoes quickly become unhealthy.

Canned cranberry sauce - contains high-fructose corn syrup—which means unnecessary calories and loads of sugar.

Gravy - processed varieties full of sodium and unnecessary fillers, very easy to overeat.

Ambrosia salad - recipes usually contain mini marshmallows, powdered sugar, and a whipped topping. Can you say sugar?

Apple pie - filled with sugar and saturated fat.

Glazed carrots - coated with sugar, bad fat and salt.

Creamed corn - sugar and heavy cream means high calories.

You may be thinking, "geez, what's left?" But remember, you don't have to miss out altogether. Try tweaking the recipe a bit to make a healthier version of it. This could include substituting white carbs for whole grain carbs, reducing the amount of sugar or butter in a dish, or using a more natural sweetener other than sugar, such as maple syrup or honey. Also, it's smarter to make dishes from scratch - if you have the time - verse a boxed mix so you can control exactly what you're putting into it. Aim to enhance a dish with herbs and spices, rather than heavy or sweet sauces.

Read the full article for specific tips for each dish. And if you just aren't down with making holiday foods healthier, just remember these two words: portion control.

 

 





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