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4 Thanksgiving Recipes To Make This Year To Lose 4 Pounds This Week

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.

 

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Green Bean Almondine

“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!

Real Cranberry Sauce

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.

Healthy Sweet Potato Mash

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.

Apple Not Pie “The average slice of apple pie contains 300 calories with 40% of calories coming from fat,” says Goldberg. Well thanks for ruining a classic Turkey Day dessert! Skip the pie but don’t think of it as losing a sweet treasure. Think of it as loosing weight. She suggests avoiding those empty calories by stuffing baked apples with gluten free oats, honey, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. “Top with granola, seeds, chopped nuts, a dollop of high protein vanilla Greek yogurt or Truwhip frozen dessert,” says Goldberg.
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