Kanwal’s Healthy Corner – Thanksgiving Tips

With the holidays literally right around the corner, you don’t need to worry about blowing your journey to a healthy lifestyle away! I’d like to give you a few of my healthy Turkey Day tips so you can eat whatever you want and still not go overboard. Also, an added bonus: healthy, low cal butternut squash gratin recipe!
When getting your turkey fix, try to opt for white meat
Try not to eat the skin of the turkey, this can add over 10 grams of fat!
Watch out for portion distortion – don’t deprive yourself, but eat a LITTLE bit of everything
Do not starve yourself all day, thinking you are banking your calories for the big dinner; you will most probably be so hungry by dinner time, that you will overeat. Instead, snack on fruit and veggies throughout the day.
Eat a bowl or two or broth based soup before the big meal. This will fill you up without adding a lot of calories.
After eating such a heavy meal, try not to dent up your couch. Instead, get some fresh air and go for a family walk a few times around the block.
Going over to someone’s house for Turkey Day?…why not make a healthy side dish for all to try (a perfect segway to my butternut squash gratin recipe)



  • 2 1/2 pounds butternut squash, diced (you can find this in the freezer aisle
  • 1TB of yogurt butter
  • Coarse kosher salt
  • 3 cups sliced leeks (white and pale green parts only)
  • 1TB. of dried rosemary
  • 4oz. log soft fresh goat cheese
  • 1 cup of 1% milk
  • 1/4c. of toasted walnuts
  • 1TB. of olive oil
  • Salt/Pepper

    Preheat oven to 375°F. Place butternut squash cubes and olive oil in large bowl; sprinkle with salt pepper and toss to coat. 

    Place squash on a baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes.  

    Melt the yogurt butter in heavy medium skillet over low heat. Add sliced leeks, salt and rosemary. Sauté until leeks are tender, about 15 minutes. 

    In a baking dish, spread half of leek mixture over bottom of prepared baking dish. Add half of the roasted squash, and then top with half of the goat cheese. Repeat layering with leeks, squash, and cheese. 

    Pour milk evenly over gratin. Top with toasted walnuts.

    Bake the gratin for 35-40 minutes, or until the milk is bubbling.

    Allow to cool, and enjoy a wonderful serving!

    For more on Kanwal, check out her blog by clicking HERE.

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