The whole point of Thanksgiving is to overindulge in food. And, you know, spend time with your loved ones. Thanksgiving has endured as a holiday because it’s fun to celebrate with excess. But what if, say, you really aren’t looking forward to that post-feast food coma from loads of excess sugar, fat, and carbs? Thankfully, there are tons of healthy Thanksgiving hacks you can use to lighten up the turkey and trimmings, so you can save your calories for that indulgent food you just can’t go without. Consider it strategic overindulgence.
If you lighten up a few dishes along the way, you and your family might make it through Thanksgiving feeling pretty good. Now, I’m not advocating you throw out the classic dishes for a round of anemic salads or something. But with most of these recipes, you won’t even miss the substituted ingredients. These healthier dishes are still flavorful and feast-worthy, and they allow you extra room for a giant dollop of whipped cream on that perfect pumpkin pie. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.