Being mindful of what you eat on Thanksgiving is a way of giving thanks to yourself. On this special day of celebrating with the ones you love, it is important to keep in mind your goal of becoming healthier. By respecting and sticking to your current plan, you are not only giving thanks to yourself but the ones you love. Share your healthier lifestyle with your family and friends by setting a good example.
Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
- Make sure to eat breakfast and lunch. This helps curb appetite, controls temptation and prevents overeating.
- Take a walk around the block before you sit down for dinner. Work up an appetite and invite family members to join you.
- Offer to bring a healthy appetizer, side dish or dessert. That way you know there will be at least one healthy option to choose from.
- Portion sizes are key. Limit your choices to one dinner plate.
- Add color to your plate. The more color, the more vitamins and minerals.
- Ask for a “no thank you helping,” or bite-sized portion, of the least healthy choices if they are some of your favorite foods.
- Eat in a separate room from where the food is served. For example, serve dishes in the kitchen and then eat in the dining room. Removing the serving bowls and platters from the table makes it easier to avoid second helpings.
- Stop eating when you feel full. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of leftovers to enjoy at lunch the next day.
- Eat slowly and enjoy the company of family and friends. Talk more and eat less by putting your fork down in between bites.
- 3-4 bites of your favorite dessert can be as satisfying as eating the whole thing, especially if it helps you stay on track to becoming healthier.
Healthiest Choices for Thanksgiving
Butternut Squash Soup
This soup choice is loaded with vitamin A and fiber, and is very filling.
Roast Turkey Breast, skin removed
Removing the skin lessens the fat content. A good portion size is 3 small, thin slices.
Roasted Vegetables, Sautéed Green Beans, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, no-sugar added Cranberry Sauce, and Whole Grain Dinner Roll
Load up on your veggies. Make sure they are not smothered in gravy or cream sauce.
Pumpkin Pie with Whole Grain Crust
Pumpkin is full of Vitamin A and fiber. Making the pie with whole grain crust also boosts fiber content.
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