Healthified Thanksgiving: The 1000 Calorie Plate

It’s ironic that Thanksgiving is known for being the holiday of #1- food and #2- overeating, yet we so desperately try not to gain weight. Can we really have the best of both worlds — enjoy the foods we love without the unnecessary weight gain?

It is my conclusion that yes, yes we can. However, it will take a little mindfulness and moderation on our part. We were already mindful in providing you with healthier alternatives to your favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Now comes the moderation part. The nutritional profile of our Healthified Thanksgiving Menu is as follows, so you know how much to eat and exactly what you’re getting.

Gluten Free Quinoa Stuffing

Serving: 1/2 cup

Calories: 145.8 | Fat: 5.3 g | Sodium: 158.1 mg | Carbs: 23.0 g | Fiber: 2.3 g | Sugar: 7.6 g | Protein: 2.8 g

Cranberry Mango Relish

Calories: 26.4 | Fat: 0.1 g | Sodium: 0.7 mg | Carbs: 6.9 g | Fiber: 1.1 g | Sugar: 5.2 g | Protein: 0.2 g

Pumpkin Rolls

Serving: 1 roll

Calories: 219.5 | Fat: 4.8 g | Sodium: 161.6 mg | Carbs: 38.9 g | Fiber: 1.6 g | Sugar: 7.0 g | Protein: 6.4 g

Green Bean Casserole

Serving: 1/2 cup

Calories: 60.1 | Fat: 3.3 g | Sodium: 155 mg | Carbs: 6.7 g | Fiber: 1.3 g | Sugar: 0.4 g | Protein: 1.4 g

Garlic and Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

Serving: 1/2 cup

Calories: 141.7 | Fat: 0.3 g | Sodium: 106.4 mg | Carbs: 32.1 g | Fiber: 4.0 g | Sugar: 6.2 g | Protein: 3.8 g

Oatmeal Pecan Pie

Serving: 1/16th of the pie

Calories: 305.5 | Fat: 11.1 g | Sodium: 229.0 mg | Carbs: 53.8 g | Fiber: 1.2 g | Sugar: 35.7 g | Protein: 4.7 g

Apple Pie

Serving: 1/16th of the pie

Calories: 317.0 | Fat: 12.3 g | Sodium: 41.6 mg | Carbs: 49.2 g | Fiber: 2.4 g | Sugar: 15.5 g | Protein: 5.3 g

While we didn’t make a recipe for a turkey, we highly recommend this recipe for Sage Butter-Roasted Turkey from Bon Appetit (it looks scrumptious).

What is your favorite part of the Thanksgiving Meal?

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Carly Sippel is a registered yoga teacher, certified life coach, and nutrition nut. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Dietetics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She turns her passion into practice, promoting healthy bodies in both her personal and professional life.