6 Tips For A Healthier Thanksgiving

6 Tips For A Healthier Thanksgiving

Your diet and weight loss goals don’t have to go “out the window” during the holiday season.  Start the season off right by following these tips for a Thanksgiving that will leave you satisfied but not feeling guilty at the end of the day!

Tip #1: Start the Day with a Healthy Breakfast

You’ll be less likely to overeat at the main meal if you start your day by eating a filling, balanced breakfast that includes healthy carbs (like fruit, vegetables, or whole grains) and protein (like eggs, peanut butter, or milk). Some breakfast ideas can include whole wheat toast with peanut butter and a banana, a spinach and tomato omelet, or steel-cut oatmeal with blueberries and almonds. 

Tip #2: Serve Low-Cal Apps

Try not to eat too many chips or crackers and cheese while waiting for the turkey to come out of the oven. Instead, munch on a few, lower-calorie snacks such as raw veggies and dip, shrimp cocktail, or fresh fruit and yogurt dip.

Tip #3: Slow Down

Thanksgiving only comes once a year so sit back, relax, and savor the meal that you or your loved ones spent hours preparing.  The longer it takes to eat your meal the less likely you’ll overeat because it takes your brain 20 minutes to realize you are full.  To help yourself slow down, try putting your fork down or sipping water between bites.

Tip #4: Stay Hydrated

Don’t forget to drink water throughout the day (aim for six to eight glasses if you can). Drinking water instead of alcohol or sugary beverages (like soda or juice) will save on calories and you’ll end up feeling a lot better at the end of the night!

Tip #5: Rethink Your Holiday Plate

Fill up on turkey and non-starchy vegetables like roasted carrots, green beans, and mushrooms and limit your portion of starchy foods like potatoes and stuffing. Eating too much starch will leave you feeling bloated by the end of the meal.

Tip #6: Walk It Off

Instead of sitting down to watch the game after the Thanksgiving meal start a new tradition in your home of taking a family walk. If you can, record the game and watch it later.  Walking after a large meal improves digestion, burns calories, and helps lower blood sugar. Plus, the fresh air might feel invigorating after being inside for most of the day!

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