A Low-Calorie Thanksgiving with All The Flavor, Half the Fat

By: Kristen Guilfoos Email
By: Kristen Guilfoos Email

Thanksgiving is the kick-off to the holiday festivities and that means that the access to high-fat, high-calorie foods will be plentiful from now until the end of the year. And while it can be a difficult time to stay on track with your weight loss efforts, it is possible to make smart choices that are healthy and delicious.

Weight Watchers stopped by Sunrise 7 to share with us how to swap out some traditional Thanksgiving recipes and drop in healthier options that won't leave you feeling deprived of the tastes of the holiday season. Examples include:

Swap Out a Sweet Potato Casserole & Drop In Candies Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a great food - rich in beta carotene which in turn makes them rich in vitamin A. We take this holiday staple dish and cut out nearly 300 calories a serving while leaving in the flavor and health benefits

Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows

-Just 1 cup of homemade sweet potato casserole, the kind with lots of butter, sugar, and marshmallows, can run close to 400 calories and can be anywhere from 11 to 13 PointsPlus depending on the recipe.

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Our lighter version of Candied Sweet Potatoes is just around 135 calories, or 5 PointsPlus for that same cup. Quite a difference! And sweet potatoes are a great food - rich in beta carotene which in turn makes them rich in vitamin A.

Swap Out Traditional Stuffing & Drop In Stuffing with Sage and Chives

Our spin on this popular dish cuts out nearly half the calories of the traditional version. We use whole wheat bread in our version, which is a much healthier choice since it has more fiber in it, which helps to create a feeling of fullness, in turn satisfying you more than regular white bread

-Traditional stuffing, depending on the ingredients, can run you over 300 calories and up to 10 PointsPlus for a 1 cup serving.

WW Stuffing with Sage and Chives

Our recipe has just 175 calories or 3 PointsPlus for the same 1 cup serving. We use whole wheat bread in our version, which is a much healthier choice since it has more fiber in it, which helps to create a feeling of fullness, in turn satisfying you more than regular white bread.

Swap Out Traditional Pumpkin Pie & Drop In Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

Our take on this Thanksgiving classic features a light graham cracker crust. The filling's custardy and rich, with just a hint of spice. And pumpkin is so good for you. Just like sweet potatoes, it's filled with beta carotene and vitamin A. It's also another great source of fiber, which we all need more of in our diets.

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is usually a staple at everyone's Thanksgiving table, but it'll cost you calorie-wise. The typical store bought pumpkin pie can be around 325 calories or around 9 PointsPlus for 1/8th of a deep dish pie.

WW Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust:

Our version has only 155 calories or 5 PointsPlus for 1/8th of a slice. Another big savings! And pumpkin is so good for you. Just like sweet potatoes, it's filled with beta carotene and vitamin A. It's also another great source of fiber, which we all need more of in our diets.


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