Have a Healthy Thanksgiving

It’s finally that time of year again when you get to celebrate, give thanks and spend time with your loved ones, all while preparing and enjoying an extensive spread of rich and decadent foods.  The temptation to indulge during the holidays can definitely make it hard to stay on track with health goals.  However, with these few easy tips you can conquer the holidays.

  1. Find a fun activity to do with your family, such as run or walk a Thanksgiving 5k, play in a backyard football game, or take a group fitness class.
  2. Don’t deprive yourself.  Have a little bit of everything. You don’t need to eat a full portion of everything.
  3. Keep Thanksgiving to just ONE day.
  4. Choose white meat instead of dark.  It has a 1/3rd fewer calories than dark meat.
  5. Bring a healthy dish or two that is lower in calories, such as veggies steamed with some garlic and lemon juice or a lower calorie stuffing like the one below.

My favorite stuffing recipe

Here is a recipe I adapted from active.com with lowfat turkey sausage and it was delicious!  For a little bit of sweet add ¼ cup of craisins and one diced apple. 



  • 1lbs of lowfat Italian turkey sausage out of the casing
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 6 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 30 slices day-old light whole-wheat bread, lightly toasted
  • 1 tbsp of Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ – 1 cup fat-free chicken broth
  • Cook turkey in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until evenly browned.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In a separate saucepan, add oil and cook celery and onions over medium heat until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine turkey, celery and onion mixture, bread, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Slowly add just enough broth to make the stuffing moist but not mush or add until it is the consistency you prefer.
  • Press the mixture into a baking dish.
  • Bake 1 hour or until top is brown and crisp.
    Traditional: (per 1.5-cup serving): 394 calories
    Healthier Makeover: (per 1.5-cup serving): 219 calories, 7 grams fat, 28 grams carbohydrate, 17 grams protein
    Saving: 175 calories
    Serves: 10

– Alexandra Jasinowski, Wellness educator

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