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Stuff Your Turkey with Flavor and Health!

Por Emiliana Faillace, Nutrition Counselor, MyDiet™ Team -

The holidays are back, but this year is different for you, because you've decided to fill your life with health. A few days before Christmas, are you concerned because you want to enjoy the typical flavors of this season, but you also resolved to stick to your diet? Don’t worry, we understand what you're going through, and that's why we want to share this secret with you. Celebrations and special events need not be an obstacle to stay in shape and have a good health. All you need to do is make small changes to the ingredients in your recipes.

Here are some tips to turn a not-so-healthy stuffed turkey into a healthier one with the same great taste, but fewer calories. By making these substitutions, you'll enjoy a stuffing that’s high in fiber, low in saturated fat,  sodium and cholesterol, and, above all, full of flavor.

Unhealthy Stuffing

Healthy Stuffing

2 slices white bread,toasted

2 slices whole-wheat bread,toasted

2 cups white rice,cooked

2 cups brown rice,cooked

1 package of soda crackers,crushed

1 package of whole-wheat soda crackers,crushed

1 pound breakfast sausages

1 pound ground lean turkey

2 cups celery, chopped

2 cups celery, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

7 cups chicken broth

7 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

Salt to taste

1 pinch of salt

Black pepper to taste

Black pepper to taste

1 sage leaf

1 sage leaf

3 whole eggs,whipped

6 egg whiteswhipped

¼ bar of  butter

2 tablespoons olive oil


Preheat an oven to 350º F. Place the toasted bread, cut into squares, in a bowl and add the rice and the crushed crackers. Place the ground meat, onion, and celery on a skillet and heat for 5-10 minutes, until golden brown. Add this mixture to the bread. Finally, add the rest of the ingredients, combine them, and bake the stuffing for about 45 minutes on a baking tray (lightly greased with cooking spray).


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