As a foodie, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It's somewhat problematic though as so many of the traditional foods are high in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are certainly necessary for our health... just not in the extremes of the American diet. For example,
* Mashed potatoes... carbs
* Carrots... carbs
* Sweet Potatoes... carbs
* Dressing/Stuffing... carbs
* Bread/Rolls... carbs
* Fruit Salad... carbs
* Gravy... carbs
* Cranberry Sauce... carbs
* Pie... carbs
What do we have left? Turkey... no carbs.
I am always looking for ways to reduce carbs since that, for me, is the most efficient and effective way to maintain my weight. So, as you plan your Thanksgiving meal, consider ways to have the foods you want, but with fewer carbs. For example, many in my family love sweet potatoes with butter, brown sugar, and marshmallows on top. I read recently that of all foods, sweet potatoes have the greatest nutritional value. With that in mind, consider this easy and tasty alternative sweet potato dish for your Thanksgiving.
MASHED SWEET POTATOES WITH ROSEMARY. Serves 6.
* 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and quartered
* 6 tablespoons of butter (less, to taste)
* 1 teaspoon of finely chopped fresh rosemary
Put potatoes in a pot with water to cover. Cover pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook until tender, about 20-25 minutes. Drain and mash with the butter and rosemary. Season to taste with salt and pepper.