What to Eat, What to Skip If You’re Dieting This Thanksgiving

by | Updated: October 13th, 2020 | Read time: 2 minutes

We can sum up the general theme of Thanksgiving with three words: Gobble, gobble, gobble! And although giving thanks is an essential part of the holiday, most of us find it difficult to imagine a turkey day without that stuffed feeling (and we’re talking about our tummies, not the bird).

Pumpkin Pie Parfaits
Make this diet-friendly pie alternative with organic pumpkin, vanilla yogurt and autumn spices.

Want some diet-friendly reasons for giving thanks? How about new discoveries that let you enjoy Thanksgiving without the guilt?

Get the skinny on smart swaps below:

  • Nom nom nom appetizers! While croissants oozing butter topped with gooey cheese are tasty, they’re not very kind to your waistline. Replace them with Late July Snacks Organic Classic Rich Crackers topped with low-fat cream cheese and flavorful Mediterranean Organic Pitted Kalamata Olives.
  • When it comes to turkey (or a tofu version of the bird), enjoy the protein. It’s the side dishes that can lead you down the path to pounds-on day-after regret. For example, consider making regular mashed potatoes with butter for your guests, but also make a skinny version for those on diets. Just steam cauliflower and mash thoroughly with Butter Buds Sprinkles. At 10 calories per teaspoon, Butter Buds are also great sprinkled on hot vegetables.
  • Along with the usual cranberry sauce and various hot vegetables, add a big salad. That can help you stay full while you enjoy small servings of your favorite foods, whether it’s stuffing or a creamy green bean casserole. Pile on leafy greens, tomatoes, red onions, sliced raw zucchini and other veggies. And be careful about the salad dressing. Consider putting the “undressed” salad in a bowl on the table and providing a choice for your guests, including zero-calorie Walden Farms salad dressings such as Walden Farms Blue Cheese.
  • It’s not Thanksgiving without dessert. Invite guests to bring their favorite pies, so that you’re not tempted. Then as an option for everyone, offer a healthy pumpkin version by making a low-calorie delicious parfait. How to do it: Take one can of Farmer’s Market Organic Canned Pumpkin Puree. Mix with cinnamon and nutmeg to taste and your favorite zero-calorie sweetener, such as stevia. In parfait glasses, layer pumpkin and vanilla yogurt. Top with a spoonful of yogurt with a sprinkle of ginger. Refrigerate until ready to serve.