Tips for Keeping Thanksgiving Healthy
If you are anything like me right now you are super psyched to be with family and friends today but a little hesitant about falling off the chow-wagon and blowing your entire weekly, aw, hell, MONTHLY calorie allotment, read below and try to implement a few of my strategies to save some calories and still enjoy the heck out of Thanksgiving dinner.
Turkey: Eat turkey, this lean protein is super healthy. Avoid the skin, say no to gravy, eat plain breast meat and keep the portion to about the size of your palm. (I know, so small, right!?)
Vegetables: Fill your plate as close to halfway full as possible. Vegetables; green beans, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, brussels sprouts and carrots are high in fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. Avoid the dishes where the vegetables are served in sauces. Baking and steaming with a little olive oil will save a ton of calories and allow you to eat more of the other stuff.
Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are actually one of the best foods you can eat! Avoid the marshmallows on top, the brown sugar and eggs mixed in, a baked sweet potato, topped with cinnamon is a real treat! Steam, boil or mash – this food is great for all ages! My 10 month old daughter will be eating one and so will my 89 year old uncle!
White potatoes! They are not the enemy, actually. I sliced my potatoes into coins, tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh rosemary and baked them for about 30 minutes. Skins on for extra fiber.
Dessert: You know what? It’s only one day, right ? And think of all the calories you saved by eating all those veggies…. treat yourself. Really! But, keep moderation in mind and don’t go overboard. It’s a holiday, don’t deprive yourself, you’ll just feel cheated later on. Eat pie and cookies (or, A cookie) … challenge yourself to eat a smaller than normal portion and to really savor each bite. You’ll feel satisfied and in control of your meal, and your life.
…and if you get a chance to take an after-the-meal stroll around the block, do it! Kick a ball in the yard with the kids. Go for a hike, or even better, start the day off with a local Turkey Trot fun run.
Roasted Autumn Veggies (Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Turnips, Parsnips)