Remaking Thanksgiving Menu Items

For most of us, Thanksgiving is a holiday about food, family and football. While it’s also a day for traditional cooking, how to do keep the tradition, but still try to stay healthy? We’ve tinkered with some of the traditional items on the menu, stripping out fat and carbs while keeping customary flavors very much intact. Think of it as a much-needed makeover.

Rustic Mashed Potatoes With Olive Oil and Garlic

You’ll notice that these potatoes use no heavy cream—and, in fact, no dairy at all. Instead, their smoothness is the result of olive oil and some of the potatoes’ cooking liquid. Another update: Parmesan cheese. Since Parmesan is quite intense, only a little bit is needed to produce a lot of flavor, compared with a milder cheese.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Pineapple and Spices

First up: We cut way down on the butter, which you probably won’t even miss. That means a lot less unhealthy fat. And instead of the usual brown sugar, crushed pineapple adds plenty of sweetness, meaning we could skip the goopy melted marshmallows, too.

Sage Stuffing

The star here is the whole wheat bread, far heartier than the usual white, and full of good fiber. Instead of being loaded with butter, this stuffing is held together by the addition of very hot broth, which the bread cubes soak up. Meanwhile, dried cranberries or cherries add color and zing.

Holiday Pumpkin Pie With Maple Ginger Crust

The secret is in the crust! Using graham-cracker crumbs instead of a traditional wheat flour means you need only add a teaspoon of canola oil rather than the typical heavy serving of butter or shortening. That saves you a lot of unwanted saturated fat. (The graham-cracker crust is a lot easier to make, too.) The filling for this pie is fairly traditional, save for the sugar substitute, which helps to cut its carbohydrate content.

Your Houston ADA staff wishes a very Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and family!

Many, many thanks to the thousands of people who came out for Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on November 20th in downtown Houston and at the Woodlands. Both walks were huge successes, made possible by caring individuals and our generous corporate supporters. Just as soon as our Step Out staff returns from the holiday we  will post  the link so you can see all the fun pictures taken during the events. 

Give American Diabetes A Thumbs UP!
Tell your friends on Facebook  November is American Diabetes Month. Suggest the American Diabetes Association’s fanpage to them, or share it on your wall for people to “like.” Remind your friends about this important month and tell them why they should care by sharing your personal connection to diabetes, or the effect diabetes has on communities across the nation. Need some facts?

Today, more than 4300 people will be diagnosed with diabetes.
More than 200 people will die today from diabetes.
1 in 3 Americans (and 1 in 2 minorities) born today will develop diabetes if current trends continue.
Diabetes kills more Americans each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
The more people we can get to become involved, the louder our collective voices will be.



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