Make Your Stuffing Healthier Without Losing Taste

November 25, 2019

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Considered the most popular side dish of Thanksgiving is stuffing (or dressing). Stuffing is essentially bread, salt, and butter, so it probably comes as no surprise that it isn’t the healthiest food served on Thanksgiving. But you can cut its sodium and saturated fat, and pump up its nutritional profile. Most packaged stuffing contain a significant amount of sodium, so use unsalted butter and a lower-sodium or unsalted broth to moisten the stuffing. Stay away from using broth as it has a higher salt content than broth. It doesn’t affect the flavor and can put a real dent in the sodium content. Opt for stock instead of broth. In addition to using lower-sodium broth and unsalted butter, try using less butter than what’s called for in the instructions or switch to olive oil or a lower-fat vegetable oil-based spread. Adding plenty of chopped vegetables—onions, carrots, and celery—or even fruits like apples or pears will stretch the stuffing and lower the calorie, fat, and sodium content per serving. And keep an eye on portions. When you’re spooning stuffing out at the dinner table, serve yourself about an ice-cream-scoop-sized helping; that should be about ½ cup. But if you really love stuffing and must have more, skip additional starchy sides, such as mashed potatoes and dinner rolls.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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