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Northern Westchester Hospital Offers Some Guilt-Free Sides For Thanksgiving

Northern Westchester Hospital is offering some healthy alternatives to tradtional Thanksgiving sides.
Northern Westchester Hospital is offering some healthy alternatives to tradtional Thanksgiving sides.

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Thanksgiving can be a tough time to eat healthy, but Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco has several side dishes that are healthy and don't skimp on taste. 

* Fresh Cranberry Sauce: Keep the canned cranberry sauce on the shelf this year and try making your own instead. Fresh cranberries are full of antioxidants, have great flavor and make the perfect chunky side or topping to your turkey. It will be a little extra work to prepare but you’re sparing yourself the extra calories and added sugars.

* Sweet Potatoes with Brown Cinnamon: Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber and rich in other nutrients, such as Vitamins A & C making it a fantastic side dish. When it comes to toppings, instead of butter or cream try fruit such as pineapple or bananas and swap the brown sugar for cinnamon.

* Oven Roasted or Sautéed Veggies: Instead of creamed vegetable sides try a variety of vegetables to roast or sauté. Great options include onions, carrots, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and winter squashes.  Season lightly with olive oil and your favorite spices like rosemary or thyme for a burst of flavor.

* Cauliflower or Parsnip Mash: A fantastic substitute to mashed potatoes. Be sure to use skim milk, chicken broth or Greek yogurt to add fluffiness and hold the butter to save on calories. Add chives, scallions, shallots or garlic for added flavor and color. If you don’t want to forfeit the mashed potatoes, then try cutting in half and mixing with the cauliflower or parsnip mash.

* Pumpkin or Fruit Parfaits: Pumpkin is a fall flavor favorite. Serve pureed pumpkin or fruit parfaits with non-fat Greek yogurt, plain yogurt or cottage cheese for a fabulous guilt-free dessert. Some fabulous, fall fruits include: pomegranate, apple, cranberries, pears and figs.

In addition to the menu, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Don’t Deprive Yourself. Holidays are a time of enjoyment. If you want to taste everything, have smaller portions of those higher calorie items.
  • Don’t Go Hungry. This can lead to overindulging and you may end up eating more calories.
  • Drink in Moderation. Alcoholic beverages contain calories too.
  • Exercise After Eating. A nice family walk after dinner can be beneficial. It will get your metabolism going and help you digest your meal so you don’t feel full and sleepy.