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As You Pass the Portable Defibrillator Hanging on the Wall at Your Workplace, You Stop and Consider a Heart-Healthy Thanksgiving Meal

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Thanksgiving Day is almost here. You are no doubt already dreaming about that mouth-watering turkey and the multiple side dishes waiting to be devoured. However, as you pass the portable defibrillator hanging on the wall at your workplace, you stop and consider a heart-healthy Thanksgiving meal.

Obviously, the centerpiece of the feast is the Thanksgiving Day turkey. The turkey is a fine meat entree, just make sure not to deep fry it! You should also surround your turkey with side dishes that are as delicious as they are healthy.


Technically, gravy isn’t a side dish, but it is an important part of a traditional Thanksgiving Day feast as it is used heavily on the turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing. Here is a holiday gravy recipe that can even be made ahead of time to help lessen the strain of cooking on the big day.

Cauliflower Mash

There is no way anybody should have to skip out on mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving Day. While potatoes are fine, a less carb-loaded alternative is mashed cauliflower. Keep the recipe healthy by using two percent milk instead of whole milk.

Melon Mozzarella Prosciutto Skewers

This is a simple recipe sure to please all the family members. Cut a ripe cantaloupe in half, scoop our small balls of melon flesh using a melon baller and cut each ball in half. Buy a package of cherry-sized mozzarella cheese balls and halve those as well. Place one mozzarella half and one cantaloupe half together and wrap a strip of prosciutto around them. Skewer with a toothpick. Drizzle with pesto and serve.

Roasted Butternut Squash

Whole foods, simply prepared are as tasty as they are healthy. The butternut squash looks like a fat, squished bowling pin, but is full of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Take off the skin of the squash with a vegetable peeler and cut into one-inch cubes. Place the cubes into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, sage, salt and pepper. Pour mixture into a rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes at 400°.

Parmesan Carrot Fries

These tasty baked fries will please the kids as much as the adults. This recipe takes about 10 minutes and is practically foolproof. In fact, it’s so easy your husband could do it.

Peel a bag of carrots and chop them into matchstick slices. In a bowl, toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread the mixture out on a baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until slightly browned. Sprinkle with grated parmesan and fresh basil and serve.

Roasted Parmesan Green Beans

Made with canned cream soups and fried onion toppings, traditional green bean casseroles are high in fat and sodium. Here is a healthier alternative.

Pumpkin Asiago Rolls

Your Thanksgiving Day dinner is not complete until you place a bread on the table. These whole-wheat, pumpkin-flavored rolls are the perfect treat. You can even prepare the dough in advance and keep it in the fridge overnight.