Monday, November 13, 2017

How to Build a Healthy (And Tasty) Thanksgiving Plate

When you’re watching your waistline, Thanksgiving can induce quite a bit of anxiety. It seems impossible to navigate a day completely devoted to indulging when you’ve been trying to cut back. Luckily, there’s a way to enjoy all of your Thanksgiving favorites – and not compromise your goals. Read on to learn how to build a delicious Thanksgiving plate without having to unbutton your pants at the dinner table.

Turkey – Opt for white meat over dark meat. White meat, like turkey breast, will save you about 50 calories and is free of saturated fat, while dark meat packs a mean 6 grams of saturated fat per serving.

Mashed Potatoes – Instead of simple-starch mashed potatoes, try this delicious garlic cauliflower mashed potato recipe, and switch out the normal chicken broth for our Fulfill Chicken Flavored Bouillon to get a tummy-flattening fiber boost. You’ll save yourself carbs and calories without sacrificing that yummy, creamy, garlic-y taste.

Stuffing – The bread, the MSG, the sodium, the high fructose corn syrup – stuffing is a nightmare for a dieter, and guaranteed to give you a headache much worse than the one from your in-laws. Trade in your typical stuffing recipe for a healthy grain alternative, like quinoa or wild rice. Mix in squash, onions, garlic, rosemary, or other veggies and spices to satisfy your Thanksgiving craving and get a serving of nutrition-packed goodness!

Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are a certified superfood, packed with vitamins and nutrients. They’re even proven to lower inflammation and boost your immune system. Cut some sweet potatoes into chunks, lightly glaze them with maple syrup, and sprinkle with salt & pepper. You’ve created an indulgent and surprisingly healthy treat.

Dessert – No need to deprive yourself! Aim for a small portion that satisfies your craving. Fresh berries are always a great, natural option, but if you’re just dying for something sweeter, check out Bariatric Direct’s pudding and dessert options. For the chocolate addict, try our high protein crowd-favorite Chocolate Flavored Soy Snacks, or our fudgy biscotti for the cookie monster. Polish off your meal with one of our sweets and you won’t even miss the pie.

With these tricks, you’ll easily be able to enjoy Thanksgiving and still smile when you step on the scale on November 24th. Happy Holidays!