Thanksgiving tends to be a time for over-eating, and for many aging loved ones, over-eating can be more dangerous than filling. In fact, the average American consumes an average of 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day alone!
While sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, extra gravy, and pumpkin pie are definitely delicious, they are also packed with sugar, carbs, and sodium that can have a negative impact on your aging loved one's health this holiday.
Instead of piling on the excess sugar, try opting for these healthier yet scrumptious dishes while serving yourself and your aging loved one:
Dried fruit stuffing – Switch from the breaded stuffing to a healthier fruit stuffing. This Multigrain Stuffing with Nuts and Dried Fruit goes great with turkey and carries more vitamins than traditional stuffing!
Cauliflower mashed potatoes – Cauliflower is a great substitute for potatoes with less carbs and various health benefits such as Sulforaphane, a sulfur compound that improves heart health and fights cancer! Click here for a “mock” garlic mashed potatoes recipe!
Apple pie – Healthy pie? Yup! Switching to whole wheat pastry flour, dry rolled oats, almonds, and brown sugar can make this sweet treat the perfect healthy dessert. Check out the full recipe here.