Happy November Recipe Redux! This month dietitian food bloggers are posting about healthier Thanksgiving desserts and so I created this Winter Mandarin Cranberry Upside Down Bundt Cake for you. The cranberries and mandarins create a festive color while the vanilla and cinnamon make your entire house smell wonderful and offer flavors that remind you of the holidays.
The other day I was asking one of my clients about their Thanksgiving plans and he started joking with me. He told me that dietitians probably don’t enjoy Thanksgiving because we “only eat broccoli”. Not true!! (though I seriously eat a lot of broccoli). I’m hosting this year and planning a mostly-traditional dinner for everyone. I told my client that dietitians love eating – that’s why we got into this work! Thanksgiving is absolutely my favorite.
There’s no denying that Thanksgiving can be a very rich meal. Some estimates suggest an average Thanksgiving dinner could provide 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat. Whoa. There are a lot of ways to lighten up this festive dinner and dessert is a simple place to start. For example, a slice of cheesecake offers upwards of 400 calories with 12 grams of saturated fat (a day’s worth). In this Winter Mandarin Cranberry Upside Down Bundt Cake, I used less sugar and less butter that the traditional recipe. I used yogurt and fresh cranberries and mandarins. Winter flavors like cinnamon and vanilla enhance the aroma and compliment the fruit so that the less-sugar is less noticeable and the cake still tastes amazing.Winter Mandarin Cranberry Upside Down Bundt Cake #healthyholidaydesserts #TheRecipeRedux Click To Tweet
Do you have any tips for making Thanksgiving dinner a bit more healthy? Let me know! I hope you have a wonderful holiday this week.