Calorie Friendly Thanksgiving Swaps

In this post, I’m sharing 5 Calorie Friendly Thanksgiving Swaps! This post comes just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner coming up. I bet you’ll wanna make all 5! As always, if you make one of these recipes, be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can cook with you. (@nathaliamelofit)

Happy Thanksgiving Fam! Who else has been feeling like the holidays really snuck up on us this year?! Now listen up, if you’ve followed me for any period of time you know that I LOVE sweets. I am NOT one of those coaches who go around telling you to say goodbye to pie, even though you’ve been waiting all year for it! (And trust me, with 2021’s track record, we all deserve pie this year.)

I don’t want these holidays to stress you out though! You can have delicious food and hit your goals as well. Trust me, ladies, I’ve got your back! That’s why today I’m sharing my mouth-watering 5 calorie Thanksgiving swaps. I can promise you’re going to LOVE these.

Let’s jump right in with some healthier options for you this Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Relish

Servings: 16
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 navel oranges
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 3 cups white Erythritol
  • 2 (12-ounce) packages of cranberries
  • 2 cups celery stalks, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Grate the peel of both oranges in a small-sized bowl. Set aside.
  2. Discard the white membrane and seeds of oranges and cut them into segments.
  3. Divide the orange segments into 2 portions.
  4. In a food processor, add 1 portion of oranges and half of the apples and cranberries and pulse until chopped coarsely.
  5. Transfer the mixture into a large-sized bowl.
  6. Now, pulse reaming fruit mixture and mix with the previous fruit mixture.
  7. Add in the Erythritol and reserved orange peel and mix until well blended.
  8. Cover and refrigerate to chill for at least 8 hours before serving.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 44
Fat: 01g
Sat Fat: 0g
Carbohydrates: 9g
Fiber: 2.5g
Sugar: 5.5g
Protein: 0.4g

Sage Stuffing

Servings: 24
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 30 white bread slices, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Instructions:

  1. In a large dish, place bread slices and set them aside at room temperature for about 24 hours. 
  2. Then crush the bread slice in breadcrumbs.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13×9-inch baking dish.
  4. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat and sauté celery and onion for about 5 minutes. 
  5. Drain the fat from the skillet.
  6. In a large bowl, add breadcrumbs, celery mixture, and remaining ingredients except for broth and mix until well combined.
  7. Slowly stir in broth and mix until well combined.
  8. Now, place the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  9. Bake for about 1 hour or until golden brown.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 94
Fat: 2.4g
Sat Fat: 0.8g
Carbohydrates: 15.6g
Fiber: 1.1g
Sugar: 1.3g
Protein: 3.7g

Turkey & Pumpkin Chili

Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups sugar-free pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • A (14-ounce) can of diced tomatoes
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Lightly grease a large pan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, and bell peppers, and sauté for about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add turkey and cook for about 8-10 minutes or until browned.
  4. Drain the excess fat from the pan.
  5. Now, stir in pumpkin puree, tomatoes, and seasoning and bring to a gentle boil.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered for about 20 minutes.
  7. Serve hot with the garnishing of cilantro.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 159
Fat: 5.6g
Sat Fat: 1.7g
Carbohydrates: 12g
Fiber: 4.2g
Sugar: 5g
Protein: 17g

Pumpkin Pie

Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup low-fat baking mix
  • ¾ cup Erythritol
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • A (15-ounce) can solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A (12-ounce) can fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1 cup low-fat whipped topping

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch pie plate.
  2. In a large bowl, add the baking mix, Erythritol and spices and mix well.
  3. Place the mixture into the prepared pie plate. 
  4. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove the pie plate from the oven and set aside to cool completely before serving. 

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 141
Fat: 6.8g
Sat Fat: 3.5g
Carbohydrates: 14.6g
Fiber: 1.9g
Sugar: 7.6g
Protein: 6g

Roasted Apples

Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 large apples, cored and cut each into 8 equal-sized slices
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with lightly greased parchment paper.
  2. Arrange the apple slices onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Roast for about 30-35 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and transfer onto a platter.
  5. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 41
Fat: 0.1g
Sat Fat: 0g
Carbohydrates: 10.9g
Fiber: 1.1g
Sugar: 8.6g
Protein: 0.2g

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