Be Fit For Life

with Ellen Cohen-Kaplan

Lots to be thankful for – including healthy Thanksgiving recipes

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I love thanksgiving! When I was younger, I loved it for the food and the fact that it was the major focus of the holiday. As I get older, I appreciate the time to slow down and reflect on all the things I have to be thankful for, but still really enjoy the food part! I hope you all get a chance to enjoy the meaning behind this most American of holidays, and kick back (after all the cooking and cleaning up, unless someone else is doing that for you this year), and take a moment to be grateful for all your blessings. It may seem especially challenging to do that at times like, but this is when it’s more important than ever to give thanks for all the good things.  Now on to the recipes!

I’ve been roasting vegetables for decades, (I think they’re done by now!) but I found some useful information regarding optimal temperatures and times depending on the type. For low moisture veggies, like parsnips, beets, carrots, turnips, winter squash, potatoes and yams, use lower temperatures for longer periods of time, and for high moisture vegetables, like eggplant, peppers, zucchini, fennel, onions, brussels sprouts), use higher temperatures for shorter periods of time. Hardier green vegetables like broccoli rabe, snow peas, green beans, kale, collard greens, chard) require the shortest amount of time at high temperatures. See this link for details: 

For a quick, crowd-pleasing appetizer that will take about 10 minutes, try this:

  1. 24-ounce packages soft goat cheese
  2. ¼cup chopped fresh herbs (such as flat-leaf parsley, tarragon, or chives)
  3. black pepper
  4. 14-ounce package plain crackers


When thinking about traditional thanksgiving desserts, I think about sweet potato pie. The best part of this is the actual filling, not the crust- why not serve this without the crust, and have the pecans and spices make up for it?

Here are some great lower calorie recipes that still retain great taste, and has you feeling less full even after indulging.

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