A Healthy Thanksgiving

 Thankful for all that God has provided,
including Papa’s Holiday Fudge

ally-smile.JPGThe Thanksgiving table is not only loaded with wonderful foods, but it’s usually a landmine of simple carbohydrates, especially sugar. You know what I say, “eat sugar seldom and on purpose.” The problem is that sugar is added to just about everything. It’s in most processed foods, foods we purchase out, and we add it ourselves to many foods.

Think for a moment about homemade recipes. But, don’t count desserts, where you’d expect to find sugar. What traditional dishes are found on your Thanksgiving table? In most homes cranberries, Jello, and candied yams are a regular part of the Thanksgiving feast. In each of these time-honored side dishes sugar is the main ingredient.

So what’s the harm? Not much, really, if you ate like this only once a year. But sugar finds its way into our food on a regular basis.

There’s more concern if you have someone with an illness in your family, as sugar further compromises the immune system. Is there someone at your table with cancer (sugar is cancer food), diabetes (sugar raises blood sugar levels), a child who is hyperactive, allergies, etc.?

Fun for me is finding healthy recipes which taste as good or even better than the sugar-laden ones. Over the years I’ve discovered quite a few. Here are some tasty healthy alternatives for Thanksgiving side dishes.

Sweet Potatoes/Yams
I’ve always wondered why people add sugar to “sweet” potatoes. After all they’re sweet. This healthful food is really made into a dessert, not only with added brown sugar, but it’s usually topped with marshmallows. Then, it’s served as a side dish!A few years ago, my husband and I were out to dinner. The restaurant’s signature dish was chilpotle sweet potatoes. Since then, we serve these delicious yams instead of the candied variety. Click Here for the recipe.

Jello Salad
How you can call anything made with Jello a “salad” is beyond me. Not only is sugar the main ingredient, but it’s loaded with artificial colors and flavors. Making your own gelatin salad is easy and healthy, too. Click Here for the recipe.

Cranberry Sauce
Now this has been more of a challenge for me. I’ve tried a few different recipes and have not been pleased. Cranberries, by nature, are very tart. If you make them with sugar, keep the sugar to a minimum. The bag usually suggests one to two cups of sugar. Only add one cup of sugar. I found this recipe in a magazine and it looks promising. Click Here.

We can make exceptions in the dessert department. This is where you eat sugar on purpose and hopefully seldom. Click Here for the best fudge you’ll ever taste.

Although, there’s no law that says dessert has to be full of white processed sugars. Click Here for a pumpkin pudding recipe with no sugar (make the recipe as pudding, but bake in a pie shell). It’s made with maple syrup and stevia. Top with REAL whipped cream. Also, Fabulous Frozen Fluff is made with stevia, Click Here. Both these recipes are so good, you’re family (even picky eaters) will never know that sugar is missing.


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