Give THANKS to vegetables!

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November 20, 2012 by thehealthyheartcenter

What is one way that you could make sure your Thanksgiving food selections are lower calorie, higher in nutrition, and more filling?  Select vegetables as the main component!

From potatoes to Brussels sprouts – no matter what you add, use a vegetable (or vegetableS) as the main ingredient.  Try these simple combinations:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts:  Brussels sprouts + olive oil + lemon juice + garlic powder

Slice the Brussels sprouts in half, drizzle with olive oil, squeeze 1/2 lemon, and sprinkle with garlic powder; bake in the oven for 40 minutes until the tips become golden brown and crispy!

Sweet Potato Mash:  sweet potatoes + cinnamon + nutmeg

Bake several sweet potatoes until soft, peel the sweet potatoes after baking, blend until smooth, sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.  

Sauteed Kale: chopped washed kale + agave nectar (or honey) + grape-seed oil

Saute kale with grape-seed oil, and a few tablespoons of agave nectar or honey.

No matter what, use vegetables as a main component for all of your sides!  You are sure to provide your family with less calories and more nutrition!  Not to mention, with the right ingredients, you’ll get plenty of flavor!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Dr. Wali Gauvin

Kendra Fink RD CPT

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Julianna Yi: Intern

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