Here are some suggestions for what dieters can have (in moderation, of course) and what should be avoided for Thanksgiving meal:
- Turkey: This is fine in moderation but the skin must be removed and no gravy; also, it’s important to make sure there isn’t too much oil and/or butter on the meat itself (basting the skin still allows the oil/butter to reach the meat).
- Green Beans: With onions is fine but NOT the French fried onions, no cream sauce, oils or butter and only a few slivered almonds on top is ok.
- Corn: A little bit is okay but NOT with any butter and NOT creamed corn. (ok to “steam” a bit in the microwave in some water with some garlic powder or a seasoning of your choice)
- Yams: VERY little is okay but NOT with any butter and NOT with marshmallows (you can “steam” a few slices in the microwave).
- Cranberry Sauce: This is tricky….the canned cranberry sauce/jelly is NOT okay…too much sugar…but “fresh” cranberry sauce is okay in a small amount. Here is a recipe for an “hcg-friendly” sauce:
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- The juice of 1 orange
- Stevia or Sweet’n’Low to taste
(mix all together and microwave for 3-4 minutes until the cranberries “pop”; doing additional time of 30 seconds until they do, if needed.)
- Stuffing: This is a problem and should be avoided…most are heavy breads but if someone is having a seafood stuffing with little to no bread then a very little bit is ok.
- Pie: A general “NO” is best on this one….pumpkin pie is probably the LEAST damaging, but ONLY the pumpkin filling itself, NOT the crust and certainly no whipped cream. A big NO to any fruit pies, minced meat and especially pecan pie…WAY too much sugar.
- Misc.: And of course all of the “extras” are a NO as well…no rolls, no butter, no alcohol/cider/etc., no soda, etc….it’s not going to be easy but loading up on the turkey and veggies is the best bet.