Healthy Hacks, Thanksgiving Edition: 20 Recipes for a Fitter Feast
Around the holidays, it can be hard to make the healthier choice and avoid caving into every indulgent desire. This Thanksgiving though, we’re happy to share that you won’t have to make any tough calls. How’s that even possible? With these 20 healthy hacks, of course! Covering everything from appetizers to desserts, your feast will be every bit as satisfying the day of as it is the next time you hop on the scale.
1. Brussels Sprout Chips: Skip the greasy potato chips and heavy dips, and serve these lemon-spritzed Brussels sprout chips instead. They taste way more indulgent than they look. (via A Beautiful Mess)
2. Cauliflower Arancini: Traditionally, arancini are not-s0-healthy, deep-fried balls of cheese-stuffed risotto. Here, cauliflower rice and a blast in a hot oven whip ’em right into shape. (via Kitchen Sanctuary)
8. Pumpkin Pecan Biscuits and Spicy Portobello Gravy: A combo of Greek yogurt and pumpkin make these biscuits light in more ways than one. As a bonus, the guilt-free gravy poured over top goes just as well with turkey. (via The Ivy Blog)
17. Chocolate Pumpkin Cake: This cake is free of so many things — gluten, dairy and sugar — that you’d think it was just a figment of our imagination. Happily, the chocolate sponge cake with pumpkin mousse on top is very real and very yummy. (via Modern Wife Style)
18. Pumpkin Cheesecake: Neufchatel and fat-free cream cheese are two great swaps for the full-fat stuff in this cheesecake. Anything that helps us feel better about grabbing that second (or third) slice is a definitely a winner in our book. (via Blendtec)
19. Skinny Pecan Pie Tarts: A mix of raw pecans, dates and bananas stuffed into phyllo shells is a great stand-in for the usual butter- and sugar-filled pecan pie. Betcha can’t eat just one ;) (via DAMY Health)
20. Pinto Bean Blondies: We already know how delicious black beans are in brownies, so it’s no surprise that blondies benefit from a little legume action as well. Scented with maple syrup, these are a great Thanksgiving treat. (via Scarletta Bakes)
How do you keep things healthy around the holidays? Share your tips and tricks below!