An Intelligent Gourmet Thanksgiving: Smart Appetizers
While other nutrition and fitness blogs are probably giving out tips on how to avoid the upcoming eating frenzy at all costs, I have just three words for you: Go for it.
If that means making imperfect food choices, like grabbing seconds on that creamy green bean casserole topped with fried onions, well fine. I’ve even heard of dieters deciding to devote their entire day’s allotted calories to pie – and only pie. It’s Thanksgiving and if you need permission to enjoy all the goodies that you are blessed to have on your table, I give it to you.
However, our specialty at Intelligent Gourmet is taking the foods you love and making them healthier for you. So if you’d like to give thanks and feel great this holiday season, try this recipe to start off the festivities.
Intelligent Gourmet Appetizer: Blue Cheese, Agave Stuffed Radicchio
12 Radicchio leaves
3 oz Blue Cheese
A drizzle of agave
36 almond slices
Fill each Radicchio leaf with a little blue cheese and drizzle with agave. Top with 3 almond slices.
Why it’s crazy-good for you:
Radicchio is high in antioxidants, especially dark red radicchio, which neutralize free radicals and fight cell damage. Its high fiber content promotes weight loss by helping make you feel full, and it also contains inulin, which helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Although honey would be delicious for drizzling, agave syrup has a far lower glycemic index and won’t spike your blood sugar.
Stay tuned, because next week I’ll give you side dishes, and the week after: the best turkey you’ve ever tasted!