Five Ways to Eat Healthier This Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s hard to stick to eating healthy and
not overeating. Here are a few quick tips to help get you through the holiday season
healthfully with all its temptations.

1) Turkey: Turkey is one of the staples of a Thanksgiving meal! When looking for a
Turkey, if you’re expecting a smaller gathering, consider buying a turkey breast
instead of a whole turkey. Season your turkey with fresh herbs such as
rosemary, sage, thyme, parsley, salt, pepper and even some citrus. Consider
replacing some of the traditional bread and butter by using fresh vegetables and
herbs for your stuffing as well.

2) Alternate Sides: Try spicing dishes up this year by looking for healthier recipes
for all your Thanksgiving favorites. Instead of mashed potatoes try a creamy
mashed cauliflower recipe. If you can’t pass on the dinner rolls look for whole
wheat and sprouted grain options. If you’re feeling adventurous and would like to
refresh some or all of your sides, here’s a helpful website with some healthy and
easy Thanksgiving sides. 

Healthy Side Ideas: https://bit.ly/2RQygNv

3) Dessert: As will all things in life, moderation is key. It’s the holidays and sometimes it’s okay to go ahead and treat yourself to a little bit of dessert!

Pumpkin pie is a crowd favorite and tends to be a healthier dessert option when compared to other holiday favorites. Try going for about 1/8th of a slice of a standard 9-inch pie. Even better, skip the whipped cream and extra toppings. If pumpkin pie isn’t your thing, try one of these yummy and yet still healthier recipes.

Health Dessert Ideas: https://bit.ly/2FgHYaJ

3) Portion: When planning for Thanksgiving consider the number of guests being hosted and plan out your portions accordingly. Too many leftover leaves too many temptations! When shopping for a turkey you will need about 1 ½ pounds per guest. This will ensure you have more than enough meat for the meal. When creating your own plate, be conscious of how much you really need to be full and try not to overeat just because it’s the holiday. Depending on how many sides are present, try about one light scoop of each. Don’t fast all day or show up extremely hungry to Thanksgiving dinner. Again, moderation is key. Eat breakfast and light snacks to cut back on how much you’ll want to eat. You can also try a light broth or soup as an appetizer to get your metabolism moving before the big meal.

4) Leftovers: Don’t worry about eating all of Thanksgiving meal in one sitting. Send some leftovers home with your guests and keep some of the healthier dishes for yourself for your next few meals. You can try lots of different ways to mix up your leftovers! Try chopping up the turkey leftovers and putting them in a salad or quesadilla. You can even use some of the leftover sides with a different protein as the main event. As long as you plan and portion appropriately, leftovers will likely be minimal.

If someone else is hosting Thanksgiving dinner, offer to bring one or two healthy sides that you’ve prepared yourself. Skip the excess, portion appropriately, and enjoy your meal and holidays.

And one last tip- get moving after your meal! Take a walk around the block with your family or friends and put those calories to good use!

 

 

Author
Keystone Health & Wellness Center

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