Eat This, Not That: Thanksgiving Edition

November 1, 2018

Eat This, Not That: Thanksgiving Edition

By Monique Martin | November 2018

If you’re planning on Thanksgiving being your cheat day, enjoy! If you’re looking for a healthier route to take we’ve got some ideas for you.


TURKEY: Eat light and skinless, not dark and skin on A great source of protein! Your leanest option is skinless, light meat. While dark meat has more iron, zinc, and vitamin B12, it’s higher in fat and calories. It’s recommended to avoid the skin if you’re trying to stay healthy.

STARCH SIDES & GRAVY: Eat the mashed potatoes, not the sweet potato casserole As long as you keep it light on the butter and go low-fat milk, regular mashed potatoes are the way to go over sweet potatoes covered in marshmallows and brown sugar. (Those sweet potato toppings negate the sweet potatoes’ nutritional value!)

STUFFING & CASSEROLES: Eat veggie, not meat It’s recommended to skip the stuffing and casseroles due to their tendency to have high butter and salt content, but if you must green bean casseroles should be your safest bet. Also be weary of glazed vegetables (the butter and sugar typically included takes their nutritional value down). Best alternative, brussels sprouts and ham.

DESSERT: Eat the pumpkin pie, not the apple pie If you’re being calorie conscious typically pumpkin pie is the way to go. Surprisingly, some experts even say bread pudding is the leaner option compared to apple pie especially if you add that extra scoop of ice cream on top.

Regardless of your Thanksgiving Day food decisions, we at Godspeed are so very thankful for ALL of our amazing members in our Godspeed family!

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