Thanksgiving Swap: 5 Dishes That Are Surprisingly Flavorful Without Butter

Can you really do Thanksgiving dinner without butter? Yes—and the results are more delicious than you’d expect.

Thanksgiving Swap: 5 Dishes That Are Surprisingly Flavorful Without Butter

Thanksgiving and butter traditionally go hand in hand, but you won’t be disappointed if you decide to ditch all of that saturated fat this year. These 5 classic dishes get a flavor boost from better-for-you oils instead of butter.

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Create a Better Sweet Potato Casserole

Oh, sweet, buttery sweet potato casserole. There’s no substitute for it, right? Not so. You can lower the saturated fat levels of the classic version by swapping whole milk or whipping cream for 1% milk and using a buttery spread made with plant-based oils in place of butter. These kinds of buttery spreads contain oils like canola, soybean or olive, all of which contain beneficial fats that studies show may support heart health.

To reduce some of the dish’s refined sugar, flavor the potatoes with fresh-squeezed orange juice or all-fruit apricot jam first, then add just enough sugar to get to your desired sweetness.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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