Holiday Eating: Thanksgiving Tips to Enjoy The Day!
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and, of course, delicious food. However, it can also be a time when healthy eating habits go out the window. With so many tempting dishes and desserts, it's easy to overindulge. Don't worry; there are ways to enjoy the holiday without sabotaging your health goals. Firstly, don't skip meals leading up to Thanksgiving dinner. Many people make the mistake of "saving" their calories for the big meal, but this can lead to overeating and feeling uncomfortably full. Instead, eat a balanced breakfast and lunch, including plenty of fruits and vegetables, to keep you satisfied throughout the day. When it comes to the main event, go for lean protein sources like turkey breast without the skin. Fill up on non-starchy vegetables like green beans, Brussels sprouts, and carrots. These vegetables are low in calories but high in fiber, which will keep you feeling full. Avoid heavy, creamy sides like mashed potatoes, and instead go for roasted sweet potatoes or a small serving of stuffing or dressing. However, always keep in mind how these dishes were prepared. When cooking, try using less butter, sugar, and salt to keep things on the healthier side. Don't forget about dessert! While you can always reach for healthier options like baked apples or a fruit salad instead of traditional desserts like pecan or pumpkin pie, don't feel that you have to avoid these delicious desserts you enjoy year after year. Simply, opt for a smaller slice and skip the whipped cream. That brings us to our next tip: Portion control.
Use a smaller plate and fill half of your plate with vegetables, one quarter with your choice of protein, and one quarter with a starch.
Stick to your plate, avoid fumbling around with plates and bowls on the side, and avoid piling foods sky high. This will help you keep track of how much you're eating and prevent overindulging.
Healthy eating during Thanksgiving is certainly possible. You can enjoy the holiday without sacrificing your health by following these tips. Happy Thanksgiving!
Amanda Mahaleris is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Hebni Nutrition
Consultants Inc. With a special interest in community nutrition, Amanda aims to
help individuals of all ages reduce their risk for preventable chronic illness through
dietary changes by educating using science-based information. Amanda holds a
Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University
of Central Florida and worked in the public-school system before attaining a Master
of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Alabama.