Celebrate the harvest season and thank your family and friends by serving a bounty of nutritious options this Thanksgiving. Overindulgence often goes hand-in-hand with the holiday season so in case your loved ones can’t resist, save them the guilt with these low calorie recipes. They’re delicious and nutritious too!
Along with a beautifully roasted turkey, dress your holiday table with an abundance of colorful food. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett says that eating healthy can be just as filling and satisfying as those high calorie favorites.
Dip! Dip! Hooray!
Before feasting, serve a decadent appetizer dip made with thick, fat-free Greek Yogurt. Combine one cup of yogurt with a half cup of salsa. Serve with crisp bell pepper strips; cool cucumbers; spicy radish; and blanched asparagus, green beans and broccoli and cauliflower florets.
Golden Thanksgiving Bisque
A warm bowl of nutritious soup is comforting and will dampen the desire to overindulge. Add four cups of chopped, cooked carrots and blend with one cup of roasted cashews, 3/4 cup roasted bell peppers, eight rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes, one clove of garlic, two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, and two teaspoons of minced rosemary. Pour into a pan, add six cups of water and warm over low heat.
All Hail Caesar!
Make a healthy Caesar salad by blending 1/2 cup slivered almonds, three cloves of garlic, 3/4 cup silken tofu, 1/4 cup olive oil, three tablespoons lemon juice, one tablespoon capers, four teaspoons caper brine, one teaspoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder in a food processor. Toss with crisp romaine lettuce.
Trade Mashed Potatoes for Roasted Vegetables
Roasting vegetables adds a rich caramelized flavor and creamy texture. Combine any of the following with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 350 degrees while the turkey rests, about 30 minutes. Vegetables enhanced by roasting include asparagus spears, whole beets, Brussels sprouts, sliced carrots, halved eggplant and tomatoes, sweet potato strips and zucchini coins.
Coconut Sweet Potatoes
Even though coconut oil is a saturated fat, it’s a healthy option because it improves cardiovascular health, boosts thyroid function, increases metabolism, and supports the immune system. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and coat a 9” by 11” pan with coconut oil. Layer with cooked and sliced sweet potatoes. Sauté one large, diced onion in one tablespoon of coconut oil until brown and translucent. Remove from heat, and stir in one tablespoon of fresh, grated ginger and two cups of coconut milk. Pour over potatoes, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and bake for 30 minutes, until golden and bubbly.
Silky Chocolate Pie
Combine 3-ounces of dark chocolate chips, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/4 cup of water in a small sauce pan over low heat. Stir frequently until melted. Stir in 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar and put in blender with a 12-ounce carton of silken tofu. Process until smooth, and pour into a graham cracker shell. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
Adorn your Thanksgiving table with a cornucopia of food that’s rich and hearty. Your body will thank you, and so will your loved ones.
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. She has advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing the program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.
The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, cardio box and Latin style movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. Additional Jazzercise programs include Junior Jazzercise, Jazzercise Lite and Personal Touch. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com
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