Healthy Thanksgiving Eating Tips

Thanksgiving is almost here and with this amazing holiday comes added pounds. Admit it! From now until your New Years Resolutions, it’s a struggle. You are not alone, trust me. So here are a few tips on eating healthy this month and through December.

If you are the honorable chef of a Thanksgiving dinner, here are a few healthy cooking tips.

  • Substitute high fat ingredients with lower-fat or fat-free ingredients.
  • Leftover Turkey? Instead of turkey sandwiches, use the leftover turkey to make a pot of soup with fresh chunky vegetables. Look for my go-to chicken soup recipe coming soon.
  • Experiment with new recipes. It is easy to search on Google and find numerous delicious yet healthy low-fat contemporary Thanksgiving recipes. Experiment!

If you are a guest at a Thanksgiving dinner, these healthy eating tips are for you.

  • Don’t go to the Thanksgiving dinner hungry. We often eat faster and more when we are hungry, therefore eat a wholesome breakfast and lunch on the day to avoid overeating at dinner time.
  • Thanksgiving dinner is not an all-you-can-eat buffet. Fill your plate half with vegetables, one quarter with a lean meat and the rest with a starch of your choice. Eat slowly and stop when you are full.
  • Having turkey? Go skinless: choose your 4-oz turkey portion skinless to slash away some fat and cholesterol. Save your appetite for the side dishes and dessert.
  • Watch your portions on the side dishes. Go for smaller portions. This way you can sample all the different foods. Moderation is always the key.
  • Drink plenty of water. Alcohol and coffee can dehydrate your body. Drink calorie-free water to help fill up your stomach and keep you hydrated.

Overall, make a conscious choice to limit high fat items. High fat food items can be found in fried and creamy dishes as well as cheese-filled casseroles in a traditional Thanksgiving meal. For instance, mashed potatoes are usually made with butter and milk; green bean casseroles are often prepared with cream of mushroom soup, cheese and milk topped with fried onions; candied yams are loaded with cream, sugar and marshmallows. If you cannot control the ingredients that go in a dish, simply limit yourself to smaller helpings.

Moderation is key!

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