Zone Style Thanksgiving Replacement Options

Your traditional/family recipe will include certain ingredients that quickly take you out of the Zone, but you can easily make a few changes for a lower-fat, healthier version.


Store-dips. Make your own using low-fat or fat-free source cream.

Chips. Make a veggie tray using celery, zucchini, artichoke hearts, radishes, green onions, olives, cauliflower, and broccoli.

Crackers. High fiber crackers or reduced fat crackers.

Full-fat cheese. Low-fat or skim cheese.

Cream. Low-fat milk or chicken broth.

Butter. Butter buds or I can’t believe it’s not butter.

Gravy or flour. Substitute with other thickeners.

White bread for stuffing. Use less bread, choose high fiber, low-carb bread instead. Add extra veggies such as mushrooms, onions, celery and carrots.

Sausage. Low-fat sausage, turkey or soy sausage.

Butter. Chicken broth.

Cranberry sauce. Make your own!

Sugar (for candied yams or sweet potatoes). Sugar substitute such as Splenda.

Butter (for candied yams or sweet potatoes). Leave it out.

Marshmellows (for candied yams or sweet potatoes). Eliminate, you won’t miss them.

Juice (for candied yams or sweet potatoes). Use less, add a little water or chicken broth.

Bean casserole (cream or cream of mushroom soup). Fat-free cream of mushroom soup and use chicken stock instead of milk.

Regular evaporated milk (for pumpkin pie). Fat-free evaporated canned skim milk.

Homemade or store bought crust (for pumpkin pie). Reduced-fat graham cracker crust.

Sugar. Splenda.

Eggs (for pumpkin pie). Use just the egg whites, 2 egg whites equal 1 egg or egg substitute.

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