Plant-based diets are becoming more popular, thanks to both environmental and personal health concerns. Even if you haven’t gone totally vegan, you might be interested in ways to incorporate more plant-based dishes into your eating regimen. After all, if you’re following a weight loss plan you’ve begun to understand the importance of fruits and vegetables in a well-rounded diet.
These dishes offer fiber and other important nutrients, and are low in saturated fats and cholesterol. Best of all, they’re perfect for Thanksgiving dinner! Add a few of these dishes to your holiday meal, and enjoy a feast that’s as healthy as it is delicious.
Roasted winter squash. Slice a butternut or acorn squash lengthwise, and place the halves inside-up on a baking sheet. Brush the squash with olive oil, and then sprinkle with rosemary, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Roast at 400 degrees until the squash is golden brown and the cheese is crispy. That’s all there is to it!
Stuffed mushrooms. Mushrooms are rich in vitamins B and D, and are so versatile that you can really get creative with them. Stuff with your favorite filling, and don’t forget a dose of savory herbs.
Grain-based salads. Quinoa makes a great base for a salad. Add roasted beets or squash, pomegranate seeds, herbs, cranberry sauce or chunks of orange. Toss in a vinaigrette dressing and you have a light and healthy salad without much effort.
Berry crumble. Swap your traditional pie for a berry crumble dessert. Keep in mind that many recipes use far too much sugar; with berries, you can often cut the sugar in half and still enjoy a tasty treat with far fewer calories.
Creative leftovers. Use up those Thanksgiving leftovers by remixing them in creative ways, so you don’t get bored with your diet. Wraps make the perfect lunch option; just toss in chopped turkey with your leftover grain salad, or mix with stuffing, cranberry sauce, or roasted veggies.
If Thanksgiving feels challenging, schedule an appointment with us to discuss your weight loss plan. We can help you devise a strategy to accommodate your goals while still enjoying the upcoming holidays.