5 Healthy Thanksgiving Ingredient Swaps

 5 HEALTHY THANKSGIVING INGREDIENT SWAPS


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Thanksgiving should be a time of gratitude, family, friends and good times, not food comas and bloated bellies. If you make an effort to eat well everyday, you don’t have to throw your healthy habits out the window on Thanksgiving. Instead, clean up your favorite holiday meals with these healthy Thanksgiving swaps. We’re not saying go full-on tofurkey, but by choosing better-for-you ingredients, you can make the holiday healthier for you and your loved ones.

Traditional: Stuffing & White Rice
HealthyQuinoa or Sprouted Grains
Stuffing gets an easy, healthier upgrade when made with quinoa or sprouted grains like brown or wild rice. Quinoa is a protein- and fiber-rich pseudograin, so it’s a great choice for any veg guests.

TraditionalCandied Sweet Potatoes & Marshmallows
HealthyBaked Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Oil & Cinnamon
If you’ve ever baked, steamed or roasted a sweet potato, you know this healthy root veg is plenty sweet without marshmallows and added sugar. Try dressing your sweet potato side dish with coconut oil and cinnamon. Coconut oil provides beneficial fats that your body can more easily metabolize, which means you’ll less likely feel like you need a post-meal nap. Cinnamon is a superfood in its own right: It’s loaded with antioxidants and helps balance blood sugar levels. Simply bake sweet potatoes and swipe with coconut oil and a dash of cinnamon before serving.

TraditionalCanned Cranberry Sauce
HealthyNatural Cranberries, Chutney, Jams, Spreads
Chutney, jams, spreads … canned cranberry has a lot of competition and the other options tend to be lower in sugar and sodium. Not to mention real cranberries are loaded with vitamin C, manganese and fiber. If your friends and family are open to the exotic, try this chipotle cranberry orange relish. For a more traditional cranberry, go with this cranberry sauce with port. Can the canned cranberries … it likely contains BPA, too.

TraditionalWhite & Refined Baking Flours
HealthyWhole Wheat, Gluten Free & Sprouted Flours
We admit that going from white flours to gluten-freesprouted or whole grain flours can change the consistency of texture of certain types of desserts, so you may need to whip up your favorite holiday dessert before the big day to make sure you get it right. Taking this extra step pays off big when you can serve your loved ones a better-for-you dessert.

TraditionalFats & Sugar
HealthyUnsweetened Applesauce
Did you know you could replace sugar and butter in recipes with unsweetened applesauce? Use a cup of applesauce for every cup of sugar called for in a recipe (just be sure to reduce the amount of liquid by ¼ cup) to reduce sugar levels and cut calories. It also makes desserts nice and moist. Unsweetened applesauce also works for replacing fats in sweet treats. Try ½ cup of applesauce and ½ cup of fat for every 1 cup of fat (butter, oil, etc.) in the recipe.

Keep this handy, the ideas work for any holiday.

Organized?

Dealing with allergies and multiple people in the same household things can get confusing. Do I use this dish, is the gluten-free pasta in this container or that one. Making the choice to organize can have some people kicking and screaming to the end. So instead of figuring things out which can sometimes be overwhelming in the organization department it doesn’t hurt to use people who do this for a living. Developed by professional organizers, Household Labels organize everything from storage bins, food containers and spice jars to craft supplies, electronics cords and trash cans

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to get organized? If so, you’ll be thrilled to find out that Mabel’s Labels has just launched their newly re-designed line of Household Labels! These labels are a must-have to help families get, and stay organized at home. Developed by professional organizers, these labels organize everything from storage bins, food containers and spice jars to craft supplies, electronics cords and trash cans. Be sure to check out all of Mabel’s Labels great new products today! Happy Labeling!

To much info maybe?

You walked through the door into the allergy or gluten-free world or maybe even both.  Information is going to be your best asset.  Sometimes you may even go into information overload, but in this case it could be a really good thing.  It could also swing the other way, where you can’t find information on what you are looking for.

Doctors are going to tell you what to do, friends might chime in on what you need to do, and let’s not leave out if you are on social networks, where you can advice as well.  The thing that is helpful, is learning everything that you can and what you feel comfortable with doing.  If you have doubts, ask your doctor and if they don’t know, ask another doctor until you get the answer that you need.

One of the best resources that I have found lately is on Tweeter!  There is a great gluten-free and allergen friendly family.  Try asking your question there, for there are people there that are living the gluten-free and allergen free life.

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