Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Here are some tips and tricks to help you stay healthy and feeling your best.
- DO NOT skip breakfast or lunch on Thanksgiving Day. Be sure to eat a breakfast full of protein, whole grain carbohydrates or fruit, and healthy fats. Have a lighter lunch if you’re eating Thanksgiving dinner early, or if its late, be sure to have a light snack before your dinner. This will keep you from over doing it later in the evening on the stuffing and desserts.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day. You can even add some cucumber, lemon, or mint to your water to keep it refreshing. Aside from being delicious, cucumbers and lemons are diuretics which will also help you get rid of some of that excess sodium from the stuffing and gravy. Click here for an infographic with ideas.
- Get out and move. Go for a walk with your family if it is a nice day. Stretch in the family room. Turn on some music and dance. Go on a turkey trot together or join in on an already existing turkey trot. Go to the gym that morning. Get a pick up game going outside. Go for a hike. Get our your bikes. Just get moving somehow!
- Bring a vegetable side dish or a warm salad. Bring a side dish that you know is healthy. Load your plate up with steamed, roasted, or grilled vegetables. This will make you feel physically fuller faster. Look to Pinterest for warm salad inspiration. Click here for a few ideas.
- Make a healthy dessert. Bring pumpkin mousse, apple crisp, angel food cake, or gourmet dark chocolates for desserts. Click here for some healthy apple crisp inspiration.
- Stick to light alcoholic drinks: Drink lighter beers, champagne or sparkling wine, vodka with soda and lemon, or add sparkling water to your wine to help you reduce the amount you drink. Drinking adds calories, but it also enhances the temptation to go for thirds on the dessert table.
- Make a healthier stuffing: Use olive oil, less butter, and less sugar. Add apple sauce to moisten and sweeten. Use lower sodium broth if your recipe calls for it. Add extra chopped carrots, celery, onions, peas, and vegetables of choice. Add sliced apples, currents, or apricots. If you use sausage, use chicken or turkey sausage instead. Get creative with your recipe!
- Be mindful: Overall, try to be mindful of your hunger, fullness, and satisfaction with both food and alcohol. Enjoy your family and or friends. After all, that is what matters most!