Here is a visual comparison of EatingWell’s Thanksgiving recipes versus more traditional versions of the same foods that are bound to be gracing your holiday table. We included calories, fat, saturated fat and sodium in our comparison, and we think you’ll agree the statistics are telling. Best of all, the tricks and techniques used to make these recipes lighter also make them delicious! There is no sacrificing taste in any of these great recipes. Share these healthy dishes with your family and friends this year—and save up some of those calories for the next big holiday.
Portion size is one of the keys to not overindulging during the holidays (or any time). The EatingWell recommended serving size of protein is 3 ounces cooked as opposed to most recipes with serving sizes closer to 6 or more ounces.
We recommend removing the skin from turkey before eating it. The skin is loaded with saturated fat.
Many recipes suggest rubbing the bird with butter before roasting. If you roast a turkey without overcooking, it won’t dry out—so there’s no need to rub it with butter beforehand and load up on saturated fat.
To keep the sodium in check we make sure to use just a bit of salt on turkey before roasting it. Salt can be added at the table depending on personal preference.