7 Steps to a Thinner Thanksgiving
The average American consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving – wow! Talk about setting yourself back!
This Thanksgiving, try to follow these seven steps to find the balance between indulging in and enjoying the holiday, but keeping that indulgence on the healthier side.
You will thank yourself the next day!
- Keep the holiday limited. Instead of Thanksgiving becoming a week long indulgence, focus on it just being one day. Only make enough food to enjoy for one meal, particularly the less healthy options like stuffings, pies, potatoes and casseroles. Pack the rest of the food up to send away with guests.
- Pick and choose. We all have holiday favorites so optimize your choices by partaking in those you truly enjoy most, whether it is pumpkin or pecan pie, your mom’s famous green bean casserole or those mounds of buttery mashed potatoes.
- Plan ahead. Strategize around your holiday meals. If you know you will be attending multiple holiday parties, especially in the same day, make an eating plan. If you can’t live without Aunt Susie’s deep fried turkey and gravy, opt for healthier and lighter fare at the other party.
- Make your plate colorful. Aim to have half your plate be fruits and vegetables. If you know the party will be low on produce, offer to bring a dish to share and make a salad or veggie based side.
- Watch the beverages. An easy way to up the calories quickly is through alcoholic beverages and holiday favorites like eggnog. Skip the beverage and keep your calories for the food or opt for a small taste rather than a full serving.
- Skip the toppings. Many of the add ons to a meal can be real calorie killers such as gravy, dressings, butter and sauces. Choose freshly made cranberry sauce over the others and opt for oil based dressings over creamier versions.
- Save room for the main course. A lot of holiday warm up dishes are the least healthy of options such as pastry wrapped baked brie, other cheese plates, tarts, bread rolls and dips. Go for the olives and crudite and save your splurges for the main course.