Giving the Bird to Thanksgiving Weight Gain

In the weeks to come you will have some choices to make; another slice of cherry cobbler, another helping of stuffing? The biggest culprit of holiday weight gain is sugar consumption. Here are a few options that cut out sugar and carbs but, bring a delicious diversity to your Thanksgiving feast.

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Now on to your Thanksgiving options.


Canned Jellied Cranberry Sauce

1/4 cup serving (70g)

Sugars, total: 21g

Calories, total: 110

Calories from sugar: 84

No Added Sugar, Low Glycemic Option

Easy to Make Cranberry Sauce

1/4 cup serving (70g)

Sugars, total: 11g

Calories, total: 60

Calories from sugar: 24


4 cups fresh cranberries

2 cups water

2 tablespoons of orange zest (grated orange peel)

1 tablespoon of lemon zest (grated lemon peel)

1/2 cup Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder

Directions :

Place cranberries and orange and lemon zest and water in a medium saucepan.

Over high heat, cook until the cranberries burst. Lower heat to simmer.

Stir in Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder.

Continue cooking 15 minutes.

Allow mixture to cool and serve.


Candied Yams, with Marshmallow Topping

Sugars, total: 41g

Calories, total: 320

Calories from sugar: 164

No Added Sugar, Low Glycemic Option

Candied Yams

Sugars, total: 18g

Calories, total: 180

Calories from sugar: 32

Carbs Per Serving: 6g


6 sweet potatoes or yams

½ cup butter (healthy option olive oil)

2 tbs. Molasses

1/2 cup Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder

2 tbs. vanilla extract

¼ cup water


Preheat oven to 350°. Boil sweet potatoes in skins until about half done.

Drain water from potatoes, remove skins and cut into bite sized pieces.

Place sweet potatoes in a greased baking dish and dot with butter or olive oil.

Make the syrup by boiling together Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder, molasses, water, & vanilla. Pour over potato slices.

Bake 45-50 minutes, basting frequently with syrup.

Cook until potatoes are soft.


Boxed Stuffing Turkey Flavor

1/2 cup serving

Sugars, total: 2g

Calories, total: 160

Calories from sugar: 8

No Added Sugar, Low Glycemic Option

Sausage Stuffing

1/2 cup serving

Sugars, total: .5 g

Calories, total: 120

Calories from sugar: 2

Carbs Per Serving: 3 g


1 Pound Sausage – Seasoned

2 Large Onions -- Finely Chopped

3 Stalks Celery -- Finely Chopped (3 To 4) 2 Tbs. Butter

2 Tbs. Olive Oil

1 Head Cabbage – Finely Chopped

15 Ounces Chicken Broth – Canned

3 Eggs – Beaten

1 tablespoon dried marjoram

1 tablespoon dried rosemary

1 tablespoon dried sage

1 tablespoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon black pepper


This has all the taste of real stuffing, without the bread. You won't miss the bread and can "stuff" yourself as much as you like.

Sauté your onion and celery in the butter.

Add sausage, brown, crumbling the sausage finely.

Let the oils and butter brown on the bottom of the pan to get that great combination flavor.

Add seasonings and salt, to taste. If your sausage was pre-seasoned you can just add a little black pepper and cut the spices in half.

Add cabbage and continue cooking.

Add chicken broth to moisten as dish starts to get dry.

Put in a 3-4 qt baking dish and add the eggs.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes.


Mashed Potatoes (prepared with milk and butter)

½ cup serving

Sugars, total: 3g

Calories, total: 155

Calories from sugar: 12

No Added Sugar, Low Glycemic Option

Mashed Fauxtatoes (with cauliflower)

1 cup serving

Sugars, total: 1g

Calories, total: 80

Calories from sugar: 0


One head cauliflower

3 ounces cream cheese

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 tablespoon salt

1/2 tablespoon pepper


Cut the cauliflower florets off the stem, removing the leaves.

Steam or boil the cauliflower until it is very soft.

Blend the cauliflower, cream cheese and butter in a blender or food processor. Blend to your personal preference. Some people like their mashed potatoes lumpy, some like them smooth. It's the same with mashed cauliflower.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve as you would mashed potatoes. Each full cup serving provides just one and a half grams of carbohydrates, compared to 30 for conventional mashed potatoes.


Store Bought Pumpkin Pie

1/8 of pie (128g)

Sugars, total: 30g

Calories, total: 320

Calories from sugar: 120

No Added Sugar, Low Glycemic Vegan Option

1/8 of pie (128g)

Sugars, total: 13g

Calories, total: 220

Calories from sugar: 80


1 container silken firm tofu, drained

1 can or pumpkin or 1 1/2 cups of cooked pumpkin

1 cup Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or 1/8 teaspoon of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder

a dash salt

4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 tablespoon molasses

1 pie crust


Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Blend the tofu in a food processor or with a blender until smooth and cream-like, for about four minutes. Stop the machine every once in a while to scrape large pieces of tofu down into the machine's blades.

Add the cooked pumpkin and blend some more, occasionally stopping the machine to scrape the mixture down. The result should be a light orange-colored smooth paste with no lumps.

Put the paste into a large mixing bowl and add Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or Steviva Brand Stevia Powder , molasses, salt, and spices.

Mix well and spoon it into the pie crust.

Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until the crusts are dark brown; but not burned.

By simply modifying some of the great traditional Thanksgiving recipes you can have a fantastic meal without all the sugars and carbohydrates. The samples we provided saved you over 50 grams of sugar and almost 300 calories. Here's to another piece of pie, low sugar, of course.

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