Friday, October 8, 2010

Recipe Box: Thanksgiving on the Go!

With October underway and summer feeling like ages ago, it's time to find some warm, healthy comfort food as we progress into autumn. One of the best (and worst) things about this time of year is the family gatherings. Even if your family isn't the best company, just think of the food!

Many of us have fond food memories from childhood: plates stacked high full of a fresh Thanksgiving meal, post-meal nap time while watching football, pies pies pies. Okay, okay I'll stop. Holiday time as an adult is just as much about food as it is for a child, except we're looking at that pie with disdain. All that hard work during the year down the tubes for a couple meals chock full of carbs and sweets. Well, it's time to change that. Here's a Garden Lites take on Thanksgiving that gives you all the tasty highlights without any of the guilt. And you don't have to wait until November to enjoy!

Thanksgiving Necessity 1: Turkey
Get some healthy sliced turkey from your deli counter. 2 slices = 60 calories. 2g fat. 0g fiber. 10g protein.

Thanksgiving Necessity 2: Stuffing
Stove Top has just come out with these Quick Cups that are a great and handy way to bring Thanksgiving with you wherever you go! 1 serving = 110 calories. 2.5g fat. 0g fiber. 3g protein.

Thanksgiving Necessity 3: Butternut Squash
Garden Lites Butternut Squash souffle contains 2 full servings of vegetables so you can skip the green bean casserole! 1 souffle = 180 calories. 0g fat. 2g fiber. 5g protein.

Thanksgiving Necessity 4: Cranberries
The health benefits of cranberries are great! They are considered one of the "Super Food"s and for good reason, they help prevent and treat many different ailments, and research is now thinking that cranberries may help prevent cancer! There are many ways to get cranberries, but you have to be careful of the sugar intake. I suggest adding a handful of Ocean Spray Craisins to your souffle to give it some kick! 1/3 cup = 138 calories. 0.5g fat. 3.7g fiber. 0.1g protein.

It may not be the big feast you're used to, but your waistline will thank you!

Total Meal:
488 calories
5g fat
5.7g fiber
18.1g protein

Typical Thanksgiving Meal:
1,450 calories (NOT including dessert!!)