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How to have a Healthier Thanksgiving

Ok, friends….it’s THE big food holiday of the year! I’m sure you have your recipes all set and are ready to indulge! We aren’t saying that you shouldn’t. That’s what holidays and special occasions are for. A healthy diet is all about moderation and we know you don’t eat this way every day of the year. That being said, if you are looking for some easy tips to keep your waistline in check this Thanksgiving here you go….

Remove the skin from your turkey before eating it

Opt for white meat over dark meat to save yourself both calories and fat

Skip the gravy or at least watch your portion size. Just add enough to give flavor to the meat…don’t drench it! Make it yourself, rather than buying a prepared gravy (which is typically higher in calories and sodium)

Try not to load your mashed potatoes up with tons of butter. Try substituting in chicken broth for some of the butter. Or even better: make a cauliflower mashed potato instead

Use nonfat evaporated milk in your pumpkin pie recipe. You can also substitute 2 egg whites for 1 whole egg in your pie

Try making a pumpkin custard (skip the pie crust)….the filling is the best part anyway!

Skip the dinner roll and double up on veggie dishes

Make a lower sugar cranberry sauce (try a Monkfruit Sugar Substitute)

Drink smart! Water is the best option. Try to stay away from sugar loaded apple cider. Wine is a better option than beer, calorie-wise and typically white is a lighter option than red. If you have a cocktail, steer clear of high sugar pre-made mixers (pick tonic, 100% juice/puree or diet soda to mix your alcohol with)

Help clean up! Instead of heading straight for the couch as your tryptophan turkey coma sets in…offer to help the host clear the table and do dishes. 1 hour of cleaning up/dishes burns roughly 150 calories. Not only that, but the host will love you 🙂

Take a walk after your meal. Each mile walked  burns about 100 calories and will aid in digestion.

Hope some of these tips are helpful to you. Happy Thanksgiving from us and our neighborhood turkey who likes to perch up on our fence and stare at us daily (not creepy at all or anything?!)

Our neighbor, Tommy the Turkey 🙂

 

 

 

 

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