November 21, 2017 by Alonna Travin
Holiday weight gain is real! A study in the New England Journal of Medicine actually confirmed people gain weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Try these ideas for enjoying food without putting on pounds – and possibly losing them instead.
“Food you eat at celebrations tends to be high calorie and high fat,” says Wendy Kaplan, RDN, a dietician nutritionist at Mondays at Racine Cancer Care Foundation. Case in point: the green bean casserole. She suggests omitting the heavy cream and fried onions. Instead roast the beans on a sheet pan and mix them with a hint of butter, lemon juice and toasted almonds. You will actually experience the real flavor of green beans!
The jiggling maroon cranberry stuff from a can is pure Thanksgiving. You don’t really want it but you must have it. But we bet you’ll go crazy for homemade sauce and appreciate the low-sugar, low-fat results. Kaplan says to use frozen or fresh cranberries and simmer them in a pot. Don’t add a cup of sugar to tame the tart. Sweeten with a small amount of maple syrup, a little bit of orange juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange rind.
Mashed potatoes are delicious, buttery and do nothing for your figure but make it expand. “The sweet potato is a nutritional powerhouse filled with vitamin A and has more fiber than a traditional white potato,” says Stacy Goldberg, RN, a nutritionist at savorfull. There are no marshmallows in this recipe! Goldberg suggests roasting sweet potatoes in coconut oil, sprinkling with cinnamon, nutmeg and Himalayan pink salt, and finishing with a squeeze of fresh orange juice. That’s all the sweetness you need without the weight gain. Want crunch? Top them with low-sugar granola or roasted pecans.