How Would You Like to Enjoy a Healthy Thanksgiving Meal? 30 Tips on How to Make One

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Thanksgiving Day is an ideal occasion to spend some time with your family, especially if you have not been able to recently, so make it memorable. However, preparation for Thanksgiving does not have to be neither stressful nor tiring, if you are time-effective and organized, if you have a plan, in a certain way.

To make this day memorable you should draw on your previous experiences and your creativity. Planning this holiday takes time, on the other hand, with some great tips and instruction, you can really make use of your time, and above all, prepare a healthy holiday meal for your family.

This is what you need to do before you start preparing if you want to avoid overindulging and unhealthy cooking.

Eat and buy real food. We often use many processed and canned food in traditional dishes (cream of mushroom soup for instance). Buy food at local farmers market to save yourself food coloring, excess sodium, and preservatives. The food on the market is fresh, seasonal, and many times organic.

Choose your recipes on time, do not let yourself be unprepared.

Choose a healthy cooking oil – certain oil when heated can destroy anti-inflammatory nutrients and cause oxidative stress to the body. For higher-heat cooking, opt for coconut oil because it has a high smoke point. For salads, use extra virgin organic olive oil. If you can, avoid cooking with corn and soybean oil.

Pick your turkey carefully and get healthy proteins. Buy organic or heritage breed turkey.

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Use your creativity and be innovative related to your traditional recipes. For instance instead of stuffing, try quinoa grains. If you are in favor of traditional dishes, try using some easy substitutions that would improve the quality and make your meal healthier.

If you really need store-bought dishes, turn them into homemade. For instance, if you are buying a pie, make your own topping.

Use your stovetop when your oven is on overload. There are plenty of delicious meals you can prepare using the stovetop. Wild and brown rice are great stovetop options that will give you the perfect amount of fiber you need.

Do not underestimate vegetables – stir-fried vegetables such as Brussels sprouts are great. If you add some onion, salt, pepper and olive oil you will have excellent side to any meal. Above all, they are very healthy – low in fat, calories and cholesterol, and a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber and folate. They are also very low in sodium.

If you want to save time, prepare some of your dishes ahead, and freeze them. Ice cream desserts are great options to make ahead. Remember to freeze your food only when it reaches room temperature, and do not forget that some meals are better in freezing than others. It is very important to freeze your food in a proper container. Air and moisture are two common enemies in causing a freezer burn.