Low Calorie Thanksgiving Cooking Ideas

By | October 29, 2021

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So, you spent the entire summer getting that bikini body, but here comes Thanksgiving with family and friends and lots of food. Not to mention with more holidays around the corner you are short on time for exercise. How do you keep your shape and still get to enjoy great foods with the people you love? You cook low-calorie with these low-calorie foods you will simply be replacing one or two ingredients that will save you hundreds of calories but will not change the flavor.

A Low-Calorie Thanksgiving Dinner Can Taste Amazing

Low-calorie Thanksgiving meats naturally include turkey, and just 5 ounces of turkey contains half your folic acid need for the day. For lowest calorie and highest benefit, enjoy the meat without the skin. For the lowest fat and lowest calories, avoid skin and eat only the white meat. Turkey is a superfood for pregnancy, protecting against birth defects and is great for adults and children alike.

A Low-Cal Ham Recipe Your Family Will Love!

Glazed ham is another popular Thanksgiving food, but super high in calories, right? Not anymore, just grab 6 slices of precooked ham, get a skillet and the following ingredients:

  • ¼ cup orange marmalade
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp. of pure maple syrup

Coat the skillet with non-stick cooking spray, cook over medium heat. Add ham slices, baste with marmalade mixture, cook each side until golden brown (about 4 minutes). Each slice is approximately 167 calories.

Eating in the Right Order for a Low-Calorie Thanksgiving Dinner

When eating a low-calorie Thanksgiving it is best to start with a salad. Salad offers fiber and roughage to help break down and absorb the rest of your meal. On your salad you should be having as many raw veggies as you can, also if you plan on having dessert at some point make sure you are getting healthy fats on your salad such as sunflower seeds, almonds, or soy nuts.

That will help your body to not store the sugars as fat later, instead you will use what your body needs as energy.

Yes, Even Mashed Potatoes

When preparing low-calorie Thanksgiving sides are going to be very important, in fact the more vegetables the better. Mashed potatoes – can’t have Thanksgiving without it right?

Here is how to make it low-cal:


  • 1 ½ pounds of red or Yukon potatoes (cleaned)
  • ¾ cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups of onions chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp of smart balance light

Cut potatoes into squares put into a pot and fill water until all potatoes are covered. Then bring to a boil, cover and simmer potatoes for 15-20 minutes until soft. Cook onions in the microwave for about 4 minutes, until softened. Place onions and broth into a blender, blend until all is liquid. Drain potatoes, then return to pot, adding the broth and smart balance light. Then salt and pepper to taste.

Yes, Even Gravy!

If you love gravy for your turkey and potatoes, you can make that a low-cal item as well.


  • ⅓ cup of reduced fat butter
  • ⅓ cup of all purpose flour
  • 3 cups of reduced sodium chicken broth or turkey stock
  • 1 cup of warmed water
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of skinless turkey chopped fine

In a saucepan melt butter over medium heat, then whisk in flour, cooking for about 2 minutes. Gradually mix in water and broth, mix well, then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in turkey bits, then serve, or store and reheat later.

Relax and Enjoy Your Low-Calorie Thanksgiving Meal

The holidays are already stressful, don’t let your menu be another thing you are worried about. Make it a healthy low-calorie Thanksgiving and keep your weight control on the right track. These recipes will save you calories without skimping on taste. Even if you are not watching your weight switching to these low-calorie options are better for overall health.

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