Calorie saving advice? Please, let’s just forget about it. Thanksgiving dinner is the traditional time for everyone to dig into a wonderful feast with no concern about overeating. You can always resume your diet on Black Friday as you shop for store discounts.
Also, don’t anyone tell me how much butter I can smear on my salty mashed potatoes and cornbread stuffing. As you munch the crisp turkey skin, who cares how much fat is in it? Then, when the dinner is over and you need to loosen your belt, you just can’t resist that second slice of home-made pumpkin pie with gobs of whipped cream on top.
For those who may have the necessary self-control and wish to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner by saving some calories, there are ways to do it. You can do it without denying yourself anything, except for the extra pounds you’d usually gain at a Thanksgiving dinner.
1. Instead of baking the entire turkey in the traditional Thanksgiving way, cut it up into single-serving pieces. Remove all skin and fat and grill the pieces for 30 minutes over a large pan that will catch the juices. Strain the fat out of the juices and serve the liquid as gravy with the turkey parts.
2. The stuffing can be grilled along with the turkey pieces. To keep the ingredients from separating on the grill, roll one or two raw eggs with a mixture of diced apples, sage, celery and carrots. Add crushed walnuts and form the mix into single-serving patties, to be served with the individual turkey pieces. There are many variations of the low-calorie, bread-free stuffing, depending on the flavor desired.
2. The traditional holiday yams can also be baked on the grill, after five minutes in a 400 degree oven. For ready-to-eat yams, cut them in half and stuff with skim cheese crumbles, grill them for another five minutes before serving.
3. Serve other fresh vegetables, sliced to bite size, lightly-cooked and crunchy in low-fat olive oil.
4. Serve a salad with lots of raw greens in it, including spinach, varieties of lettuce, bok choy, celery, carrots and broccoli. Offer low-fat dressings on the side.
5. The most difficult calorie-saving sacrifice you can make for your Thanksgiving dinner is to skip the traditional desserts of pumpkin pie, chocolate cake and whole milk and cream-based ice creams. Instead, serve many flavors of milk-free sorbet and sliced fresh fruit.
You can make the fruit more attractive as holiday treats by cleverly designing how they’re served. For example, cut out melon halves and pile the cut fresh fruit inside. Top it off with a glob of raspberry sorbet.
6. It may be even more drastic to skip the after-dinner chocolate mints and other calorie-loaded candies. You may substitute other sweet treats by cutting apples, pears, bananas and other fruits into pen-long strips and serve with a bowl of natural honey as a dip.
If you take advantage of calorie saving tips for planning your Thanksgiving meal, some hearty eaters may not agree with such drastic measures. However, the next day when your guests get on their bathroom scales, they will thank you.