A Healthy Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, make a change. Enjoy the holidays in new ways such as staying active with your friends and family. Fall is a great time for hikes, long walks, and playing in the leaves. Get your family moving outside to ease the holiday slump. Staying active is a great way to make holiday traditions and amazing memories. In addition to staying active, try to replace some of your Thanksgiving dishes for more healthy alternatives. Here are some healthy recipes to try this Thanksgiving!\r\n\r\nGravy\r\n\r\nServes 6\r\nPer serving: 99 calories, 8.7 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 0.8 grams of protein\r\nIngredients\r\n1/4 cup all-purpose flour, or more if needed\r\n1/4 cup turkey drippings\r\n2 cups water\r\n2 chicken bouillon cubes\r\n\r\nReference: Men’s Fitness \r\n\r\nSweet Potato Casserole\r\n\r\nAuthor: Robyn Stone\r\nServes: 12\r\nIngredients\r\n5 cups cooked sweet potatoes, mashed (about 5-6 medium sweet potatoes)\r\n1 cup granulated sugar\r\n8 tablespoons butter, softened\r\n1½ teaspoons vanilla extract\r\n½ cup milk\r\n2 eggs\r\n\r\nFor the Streusel Topping:\r\n1 cup brown sugar, packed\r\n½ cup all-purpose flour\r\n1 cup chopped pecans\r\n4 tablespoons butter, softened\r\n½ cup mini marshmallows, optional\r\n\r\nInstructions\r\nPreheat oven to 350º F. Scrub sweet potatoes and boil or bake in the oven until tender.\r\nCool, peel and mash the sweet potatoes. Stir in granulated sugar, butter, vanilla, milk and eggs, mix well. Pour mixture into a 9×13 casserole dish or individual dishes for serving.\r\nFor the topping:\r\nMix brown sugar, flour, nuts and butter together and spread evenly over sweet potato mixture.\r\nCook for 30 minutes until topping has browned. If using mini marshmallows, add them the final 10 minutes of baking. Remove from oven and serve.\r\n\r\nReferences: Add a Pinch \r\n\r\nOven Roasted Asparagus\r\n\r\nIngredients\r\n1 bunch thin asparagus spears, trimmed\r\n3 tablespoons olive oil\r\n1 1/2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional) 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)\r\n1 teaspoon sea salt\r\n1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper\r\n1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)\r\n\r\nInstructions\r\nPrep: 10 m\r\nCook: 15 m\r\nReady In: 25 m\r\nPreheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).\r\nPlace the asparagus into a mixing bowl, and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss to coat the spears, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper. Arrange the asparagus onto a baking sheet in a single layer.\r\nBake in the preheated oven until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes depending on thickness. Sprinkle with lemon juice just before serving.\r\n\r\nReferences: All Recipes