Raise your hand if the endless amount of pies are your favorite part of Thanksgiving! Yeah, us too. But with all that flaky crust and fruity (or savory) goodness also comes a mega amount of carbs. Our tummies will not be thanking us after that, that’s for sure.
So, to bypass feeling sorry for yourself—and a little bloated—we’ve come up with three ways you can make or enjoy your favorites pies without the guilt.
1. Skip the canned filling: It’s true that many pies include healthy ingredients—fruit, eggs, etc.—but when you add in canned fillings, that’s where the bad-for-you parts come in. You’re often consuming at least two tablespoons per serving—yikes! So opt for fresh fruit and products when you can.
2. Make your own crust: Sure, running out to the store and buying pre-made crust is super easy. But why not try making your own healthier version with no preservatives and no need to bake it alone before filling. We say yes!
3. Pass on the toppings (and the top crust!): Many pies feature two crusts, one on the bottom and one on the top, but you can definitely skip that for less carbs. And the not-so-healthy toppings like whip cream and ice cream. We know, it’s going to be hard!