Healthy Thanksgiving Meal

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, friends, good health and great food. This year, instead of serving the old standbys, make your Thanksgiving meal a healthier one. Dr. Edward Hill explains how in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Thanksgiving meals can be fattening and unhealthy, but by dropping fat and adding flavor, you can make your Thanksgiving a day of good nutrition that your whole family will enjoy.

Here are some tips for a lighter but flavorful Thanksgiving:

Add pumpkin to soups, breads and even mashed potatoes for a special holiday flavor. Pumpkin is low in fat and calories and loaded with vitamins. A slice of pumpkin pie has half the calories of a slice of pecan pie.

Use canned, low-sodium chicken or beef broth instead of adding fat to your mashed potatoes.

Make stuffing with less bread and add more onions, celery, vegetables or even fruits such as cranberries and apples.

Cook fresh green beans with chunks of potatoes instead of cream soup. Top with almonds instead of fried onion rings.

And dont forget the sweet potatoes. They are packed with vitamin C and fiber. Mash them and mix in a little orange juice instead of butter.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.