Turkey is obviously the low-carb star of the meal and has little fat. It is full of protein and is an
important source of B vitamins. Just remove the skin first and turkey breast will be your best bet.
Did you know that
a three-ounce serving of skinless turkey breast has about 120 calories and 1 gram of fat?
A three-ounce skinless serving of Dark meat instead, delivers around 160 calories and six grams of fat (two grams
of which are saturated).
Avoid butter or cheesy sauces on Vegetables. They should be steamed or roasted. You can skip the fried
onion rings on top of the green beans (use toasted almonds or walnuts instead if you wish). For flavor use vinaigrette
dressings or herbs. Enjoy some sweet Glazed Acorn Squash Rings, some Saut�ed Green Beans,
some Roasted Carrots and Parsnips, or some Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts.
Would you consider scaling back some of the traditional side dishes?
Did you ever tried plain roasted yams with salt, pepper and butter? They are really delicious even without a pile of
marshmallows on top. And instead of a rich vegetable casserole, you can use a simpler vegetable side dish, such
as green beans with almonds.
And that's not all! You can have a simple saut�ed mushrooms and pepper
dish, or a salad with a cranberry vinaigrette dressing. Doesn't it sound great?
Have you decided to eat more carbohydrates than usual?
Then consider holding off until you get to the table!
Use vegetables with dip, cucumber rounds instead of crackers for spreads, and peanuts or other nuts for instead
of chips. It can be great way cut on carbs :o)
Did you know that sweet potatoes
are a rich source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium and fiber?
If you leave out the butter and excess sugar and instead use orange juice and a sprinkling of brown sugar for flavor
you'll have delicious meal. Try these low fat Mashed Sweet Potatoes and try to limit your portion size to no more
than half a cup.
You can have Regular potatoes that are also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Make it the
butter and heavy cream free in Mashed Potatoes, and use either reduced sodium, fat-free chicken broth or fat-free
milk and sour cream instead. You can flavor with garlic, fresh herbs and ground black pepper.
Just to remind you,
keep your portion size small.
Do you love Cranberries? They are a great source of vitamin C, and contain compounds that are believed
to block certain bacteria that cause infections. try to add oranges to make Cranberry Orange Sauce and you add even more
Pumpkin - it is a terrific source of beta-carotene and fiber. Enjoy a lighter crust Pumpkin Pie by
using phyllo dough. Use egg whites, or egg substitute, and fat-free evaporated milk in the filling.
And here it goes... appetizers - have plenty of fresh vegetables on hand. Use low-fat or fat-free sour
and yogurt for dips. Delicious low-fat dips can include Spinach Dip or some salsas, including this Mango Black
Bean Salsa. Have homemade baked pita chips or tortilla chips to go with them. Nuts and dried fruits make great
low-carb appetizers - The following can be good choices: dill pickle spears or chips, sugar-free gherkins or
bread and butter pickles (Mt. Olive is one brand), olives, marinated artichokes, Italian hot peppers (make it
sweeter by adding some artificial sweetener to the brine), roasted red peppers, radish blossoms, baby carrots, and