Hearty and flavorful, stuffing can be a healthy addition to a South Beach Diet–friendly Thanksgiving dinner beginning on Phase 2 if you take care with the ingredients. There are plenty of healthy ingredients you can easily add to your stuffing recipe. Here are some suggestions:
Bread crumbs. Using a blender or food processor, combine 100% whole-wheat bread crumbs or bread cubes with almonds, cashews, ground flaxseed, and your choice of herbs. Save stale bread; it makes the best crumbs!
Whole grains. Consider using whole grains like wild or brown rice, quinoa, or barley instead of bread for a nuttier and grainier stuffing texture.
Veggies. Add chopped onions, garlic, mushrooms, carrots, celery, and/or turnips for vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Nuts. Add chopped toasted walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, or pecans for texture and heart-healthy fat.
Fruit. Add chopped unsweetened dried cranberries and/or apricots or diced fresh pears, apples, or oranges for their natural sweetness, antioxidants, and fiber.
Herbs. Add fresh or dried parsley, chives, rosemary, thyme, sage, or another herb of your choice for additional flavor and nutrients.