It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving here in the United States is only three weeks away! I don’t even want to think about Christmas being only 7 weeks away.
I love Thanksgiving, the smells of turkey, pumpkin and apple pies, and a cornucopia of vegetables fill the air. There’s cornbread, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy. This year I’ve been thinking about giving my Thanksgiving food a little tweak. I’ve been thinking about making my holiday recipes just a little healthier.
I mean, think about it. Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays that’s all about overindulging, eating unhealthy foods and overabundance. You don’t have to let it be that way though. With a few healthy changes and updated classic dishes, you can make your Thanksgiving table not only full of food that tastes good but are a healthier alternative.
As a health coach, I help people change the way they eat. There are as many reasons for changing your diet as there are ways to eat healthier. Many have adopted a healthier menu for their everyday lives, by eating low carb or have adopted a raw foods diet or even a dairy-free lifestyle. Some are doing this for weight loss while others do it for health reasons. No matter the reason, they don’t want to blow their lifestyle on one day of celebration.
Over the next two weeks, I will be offering up 10 healthy recipes for Thanksgiving. The lightened versions of classic dishes taste decadent. Many don’t rely on fat for the flavor. Some of the dishes are classics that have been updated while others are new twists on favorites.
You’ll find dishes in every category here to create your own delicious, healthy Thanksgiving.
Today, I have an updated Sweet Potato recipe for you. I hope you enjoy it!
- 4 Pounds Fresh Sweet Potatoes
- 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter room temperature
- 1/2 Cup Apple Butter
- salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Stab the sweet potatoes with a fork to pierce the skin. Place into a large baking sheet or jelly roll pan.
- Cook until very tender, about 1 to 2 hours.
- Cool to the touch. Remove the skins from the potatoes.
- Place potatoes into a large bowl. Smash with a potato masher until creamy and smooth.
- Add the butter and apple butter and continue smashing until mixed well.
- Sprinkle with salt and serve.
- This recipe can be made the day before and placed in a casserole dish to save time on Thanksgiving Day.
- To reheat, just place casserole dish in a preheated 350° oven for 20 minutes.