A Fit Feast for Thanksgiving

The moment Halloween is over, some people start thinking about Christmas or other December holidays. Well, do not forget about Thanksgiving! The year is flying by and it is already November, which means it’s time to start thinking about an entire day of stuffing ourselves with a delicious home cooked meal. It can be easy to follow Paula Deen’s Turkey Day recipes with butter, cream, and more butter. However, don’t let this holiday ruin all your hard work of staying fit and eating healthy. We have compiled some healthy options for your special feast!

Food Network is known for delicious recipes. Good news, they released a list of Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes, encouraging followers to think about, “Whether you’re following a special diet or just want to take it easy on Turkey Day, try these simple, lighter takes on classic Thanksgiving recipes.” How about trying this whole wheat Herb and Apple Stuffing? published an article called, 27 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes to Lighten Up Your Meal. This article encourages readers by confirming there is “Proof that Thanksgiving doesn’t have to kill your diet.” There are all sorts of amazing side dishes and alternative recipes to your traditional favorites. Check out the Vegan Mashed Potatoes, “Creamy & dreamy without the dairy!” created, 7 Thanksgiving Recipes for Healthy People Who Love to Eat. This list has a complete Thanksgiving Feast from your turkey to dessert. Are you over the creamy, traditional, green bean casserole? “Green beans may not seem like a glamorous veggie, but combined with garlic and lemons they make a seriously yummy, savory side dish.” Try the Garlic and Lemon Haricots Verts, that will impress even the pickiest eater.

Food and Wine is always looking for innovative recipes to create the best meals. Online, they state, “Your Thanksgiving menu can be healthy without sacrificing amazing fall flavor. Whether it’s a roast turkey, a veggie-packed side dish or a heart-healthy dessert, these recipes take classic holiday dishes and give them a healthy spin. From an incredible potato gratin with herbs to a roasted carrot and quinoa salad, here are terrific healthy Thanksgiving recipes.” The featured item that takes center stage during Thanksgiving is the turkey. Try this mouthwatering, Citrus-Marinated Turkey, that your family will be still talking about on New Year’s.

These are just a few highlights that can create a great meal on Thanksgiving for your family and friends. Be sure to review all the recipes in each article for some of healthy options, while not compromising flavor.

Remember, eating healthy isn’t the only way to stay healthy. Even though the club will be closed on Thanksgiving, be sure to check out next week’s blog on Thanksgiving workouts.

Enjoy the beautiful Fall weather and practice some of these recipes before the big day!

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