The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Recipes

The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving dinner conjures up images of turkey, carbs, pies and second helpings!  This year we've picked our favorite healthy recipes to feature in  the Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving.  So check out this showcase of  the best appetizers, side dishes, desserts and more and let us know your favorites.







 Garlic Grilled Tomatoes                                             No-Cook Shrimp Dip

 Garlic Grilled Tomatoes                                         No-Cook Shrimp Dip                                                                                                                                       

                                                          Avocado-Feta DipHummus, Fresh and Homemade

Hummus, Fresh and Homemade                           Avocado-Feta Dip  


Spinach & Brie Topped Artichoke Hearts                                                         

Spinach & Brie Topped Artichoke Hearts                        Curried Butternut Squash Bisque



 Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs                                                            Cheesy Potato Casserole

Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs                             Easy Butternut Squash Risotto


Healthy Creamed Spinach Casserole                                                             Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes with Vanilla
Healthy Creamed Spinach Casserole                       Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes with Vanilla


Honey Balsamic Carrots                                                              
Honey Balsamic Carrots                                            Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes



Oven-Roasted Turkey

Oven Roasted Turkey



pumpkin coconut tart - activenow                                                             Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie

Pumpkin Coconut Tart                                            Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie


Indulgent Coconut Cupcakes                                                             Super Green Raw Brownies

Skinny Key Lime Pie                                                Super Green Raw Brownies


Apple Squares                                                                  

Apple Squares                                                         Dark Chocolate Nut Bark



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Posted Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 by Michael Gonzales in Guides, Holiday Happenings, Recipes, Appetizers, Dessert, Entrees, Side Dish


Baked Mac and Cheese

Baked Mac and Cheese
Servings: 4, Prep time: 30 min; total time: 55 min
Nutrition/serving: 576 calories, 22g fat (11g sat, 2g mono)
69mg cholesterol,917mg sodium, 403mg potassium
63g carbohydrates,9g fiber, 37g protein










  • 3 tablespoons whole-wheat dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 16-ounce or 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 3/4 cups low-fat milk, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) whole-wheat elbow macaroni, or penne


  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat an 8-inch-square (2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Mix breadcrumbs, oil and paprika in a small bowl. Place spinach in a fine-mesh strainer and press out excess moisture.
  3. Heat 1 1/2 ...

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Posted Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 by Michael Gonzales in Recipes, Entrees, Side Dish


Seven Tips to Outwit Your Appetite

Seven Tips to Outwit Your Appetite
John Holley MS

Cravings can be tricky. Do you really want that bacon cheeseburger you’ve been thinking of for three days, or are you simply in need of protein, or iron? Maybe it is simply a bad habit, this yearning for a juicy, calorie bomb. What if you want a bowl of chocolate ice cream? Or a chalupa? You only have so much strength to control your appetite. Your appetite, which is a product of habitual eating patterns, hormonal fluctuations (male and female), environmental factors and your body’s need for certain nutrients, sends a variety of signals. Use these tips to control the lasagna-craving monster within.  

1. Protein is the breakfast of champions.

A St. Louis University study’s participants ate an average of 267 fewer calories per day, after beginning their day with a breakfast of two scrambled eggs and two slices of ...

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Posted Friday, May 3, 2013 by Michael Gonzales in Nutrition