Tag Archives: garlic lemon green beans

3 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Spend this Thanksgiving filling your belly with delicious food without the heaping side of guilt! Simply replace 3 traditional Thanksgiving dishes with 3 healthier versions!

This LLB version of Thanksgiving dinner saves you more than 230 calories, 20 grams of fat,  over 100 mg of cholesterol and 600 mg of sodium, and is gluten-free!

Let’s start with those creamy, dreamy mashed potatoes everyone loves so much!

Substituting Mashed Sweet Potatoes for Traditional Mashed Potatoes will save you fat, calories, sodium and cholesterol, while also adding health benefits!

sweet potatoes, coconut milk, cinnamon, ginger, mashed sweet potatoes, thanksgiving sweet potatoes, healthy sweet potatoes, recipe

Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Per Serving – ½ Cup)

  • Calories: 100
  • Fat: ½ gram
  • Sodium: 40 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Traditional Mashed Potatoes (Per Serving – ½ Cup)

  • Calories:120
  • Fat: 4.5 grams
  • Sodium: 333 mg
  • Cholesterol: 23 mg

*This dish also packs a ton of Fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, BONUS!

Now on to another side dish that everyone loves, the Green Bean Casserole, filled with sodium-loaded soup and topped with deep-friend onion strings.  Substitute the delicious flavors of lemon and garlic into the green beans for a much healthier (and in my opinion tastier) version of the classic side dish!

garlic green beans, lemon green beans, sautéed garlic green beans, healthy green beans, thanksgiving green beans, recipes, side dish

Garlic Lemon Green Beans (Per Serving – ½ Cup)

  • Calories: 87 calories
  • Fat: 7 grams*
  • Sodium: 340 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Green Bean Casserole (Per Serving – ½ Cup)

  • Calories: 150
  • Fat: 9 grams
  • Sodium: 900 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

*All of the fat in the Garlic Lemon Green Beans comes from olive oil, which is a monounsaturated fat, also known as “good fat”, that helps lower cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease.

Now on to the main dish, the turkey of course! While cooking an entire turkey makes for a beautiful display, the portion with the least calories and fat is the white meat, so save yourself the time (and calories) and simply cook a turkey breast instead!

turkey breast, herb rubbed turkey breast, herb crusted turkey, thanksgiving turkey, christmas turkey, herb crusted turkey breast recipe

Herb Crusted Turkey Breast (Per Serving – 1/2 lb.)

  • Calories: 350
  • Fat: 16 grams
  • Sodium: 330 mg
  • Cholesterol: 110 mg

Herb Crusted Dark Meat Turkey (Per Serving – 1/2 lb.)

  • Calories: 504
  • Fat: 30 grams
  • Sodium: 376 mg
  • Cholesterol: 195 mg

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Garlic Lemon Green Beans

garlic green beans, lemon green beans, sautéed garlic green beans, healthy green beans, thanksgiving green beans, recipes, side dish

Green beans are a great source of antioxidants, but when smothered in cream based soups and topped with fried onions, the downfalls start to outweigh the health benefits. That’s why I’ve created this healthy alternative to Green Bean Casserole.

green beans, lemon, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, olive oil, kosher salt, recipe, ingredients

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (sliced)
  • 1 lemon (juiced and zested)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can green beans (or 2 cups fresh green beans – cooked)

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.

garlic, olive oil, kosher salt, ingredients, recipe, garlic green beans

Add the lemon juice, zest and kosher salt to the pan. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, then add the green beans.

garlic green beans, lemon green beans, sautéed garlic green beans, healthy green beans, thanksgiving green beans, recipes, side dish

Toss well and cook for 4-5 minutes, then serve.

garlic green beans, lemon green beans, sautéed garlic green beans, healthy green beans, thanksgiving green beans, recipes, side dishThis dish has been a favorite with my family at the holidays for years. I highly recommend ditching the casserole for this simple, flavorful, healthy alternative!

garlic green beans, lemon green beans, sautéed garlic green beans, healthy green beans, thanksgiving green beans, recipes, side dish

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian (and vegan!)

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.