Thanksgiving Tweaks Turns out Tremendous

Healthy Chefs tackle the challenge of tweaking the average 4500 calorie Thanksgiving Feast.

 

Healthy Chefs making festive holiday shakes: Pumpkin and Cranberry. Notice the color coordinated apron or shirt.

Healthy Chefs making festive Pumpkin and Cranberry Holiday Shakes. Notice the color coordinated apron or shirt.

 START YOUR THANKSGIVING OUT WITH A  HEALTHY BREAKFAST!

We learned that adding raw spinach to the shake is an easy way to increase our daily intake of greens. Surprise, the taste is negligible.

We learned that adding raw spinach to the shake is an easy way to increase our daily intake of greens. Surprisely, the taste is negligible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While Pumpkin Porridge got mixed reviews, it was an optional healthy holiday breakfast.

While Pumpkin Porridge got mixed reviews, it is an optional healthy holiday breakfast.

After eating breakfast, we learned that the average person can easily consume 4500 calories on Thanksgiving! As you can see, the actual feast may only be around 2500 calories:Healthy Cooking Class Education

6 oz. of turkey, with skin: 299 calories
sausage stuffing: 310 calories
dinner roll and butter: 310 calories
sweet potato casserole: 300 calories
mashed potatoes and gravy: 140 calories
green-bean casserole: 110 calories
cranberry sauce: 15 caloriesHealthy Cooking Class
brussel sprouts: 83 calories
pumpkin pie: 316 calories
pecan pie: 503 calories
whipped cream: 100 calories

total: 2,486 calories

……but let’s not forget all those fancy hors d’oeuveres and cocktails before the feast. To end the holiday, someone always pulls out the leftovers, and we convince ourselves we need a bedtime snack.  So yes, I probably agree with the statistics that 4500 calories are normally consumed on Thanksgiving Day.

 

The goal of “Thanksgiving Tweaks ” was to learn how to replace, substitute or adjust our normal Thanksgiving menu with healthier options. 16 Healthy Chefs attended the evening class full of education, fun and lots of eating. Here are a few highlights from our creative cooking.

The Turkey is done, bring on the side dishes!

Holiday Healthy CookingQuinoa and Kale are two “super foods” with great health benefits.

Massaging the Kale helps to break down the fibers, making it easier to eat raw.

Massaging the Kale helps to break down the fibers, making it easier to eat raw.

This Healthy Chef is enjoying her job of making a healthy salad.

This Healthy Chef is enjoying her job making a Quinoa-Kale Salad.

Holiday Cooking involves teamwork.

Holiday Cooking involves teamwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This repeat Healthy Chef was chosen for the most involved side dish- Quinoa Dressing. He has proven skills for multitasking.

This Healthy Chef demonstrated  skills for multitasking in the first Healthy Cooking Class.  The most involved side dish- Quinoa Dressing needed such talent.

His finished dish is ready to be sampled. We all were a little surprised by the amount of sage he used, but all agreed it was PERFECT!

His finished dish is ready to be sampled. We all were a little surprised by the amount of sage he used, but all agreed it was PERFECT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What would be a turkey dinner without the cranberry sauce. This sugar free version works for dinner or the breakfast shake!

What would a turkey dinner be without the Cranberry Sauce? This sugar free version works for dinner or the breakfast shake!

Yum, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and Cranberry Walnut Bread

Yum, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and Cranberry Walnut Bread

Your choice of Potatoes:  Creamy Mashed or Sweet

This Healthy Chef was pleasantly surprised how great the Cauliflower Potatoes  tasted!!

This Healthy Chef was pleasantly surprised how great the Cauliflower Potatoes tasted!!

Sometimes you can't follow a recipe, you just have to do a lot of taste testing.

Sometimes you can’t follow a recipe, you just have to do a lot of taste testing.

 

 

Sampling might just be the very best part of the Healthy Cooking Class.

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Last, but not least: Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie and Whipped Cream

We all learned the secret to using coconut milk for whipped cream.

We all learned the secret to using coconut milk for a Dairy Free Whipped Cream.

Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie is a great option for those lactose intolerant.

Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie is a great option for those lactose intolerant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class ended with the knowledge, we have numerous GRAIN FREE and SUGAR FREE  options. Tweaking Thanksgiving is just the start!

 

 

 

To be part of our next Healthy Cooking Classes contact:

linda@weightlosshealthcoach.com

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