The holidays always seem to be the times when it’s easiest to get off track on eating healthy. This year, that doesn’t have to be the case! With these quick and easy Thanksgiving dinner swaps, you can stay on track and have a healthy, yummy Thanksgiving dinner.
1. Swap your fried turkey for a grilled turkey- not only is this healthier, but it will also free-up some much needed oven space.
2. Swap mashed potatoes for mashed cauliflower- get the light and fluffy texture of heavily buttered mashed potatoes for way less calories.
3. Bake your stuffing in muffin tins- this will help you control portion sizes and makes for a presentation your family and guests will be impressed with.
4. Swap sweet potatoes with marshmallows for sweet potatoes with goat cheese and chives- this simple swap will cut out tons of processed tasteless calories.
5. Swap the canned cranberry for real cranberry sauce- not only is the real thing more delicious, it’s also way healthier too.
What changes are you making this year to have a healthier Thanksgiving dinner?
Thanksgiving, were looking at you!
During the holidays we tend to let it be a cheat month in regards to our healthier eating habbits. With family and friends stopping by, chilly weather, and the fact that were wearing pants and jackets, who cares about gaining a pound or two?
Did you know that this time of year is when people become the most depressed? The best way to battle this is keeping your happy and healthy through the holidays here of four tips how.
Tips to staying healthy during the holiday season:
- Eat breakfast – yes, even if you are waking up early to do a massive amount of cooking or baking. Eating just a bowl of oatmeal or and omelet can help kick start your metabolism, resulting in feeling great and keeping your busy days productive, as well.
- Just eat it! – While we bake and prepare large meals, we can all admit we take a bite of everything. Everything! From pastries, to tasting a slice of turkey, having one piece of candy from the holiday displays, and even the veggie tray we slaved over, we try it! Because one taste won’t hurt, right? Wrong! All of those calories add up. Because you’re not eating to fill yourself, you won’t even notice. Instead of snacking all day, just eat lunch! Make an entire snack, or have your pastry. You’ll be more productive if you give your body the energy it needs and won’t snack your entire daily calorie intake away.
- Skip the green bean casserole – yes, it’s delicious, and yes every family has their own famous recipe. But were calling out the casserole. It is not the same thing as eating a serving of veggies. It is not! If it’s something you can’t get over leaving out of your meal, plan to have more cooked vegetables. Salads are great, but they still don’t have the same nutrients our body needs to keep working healthily. Carrots, broccoli, and spinach are all vegetables we forget about when planning our meals. Instead of making them separately, you could always buy a bag of mixed frozen vegetables at your grocery store and make them right before you sit down. Plus, it adds some vibrant color to your plates!
- Plan an activity – After thanksgiving we tend to be in the mindset that it’s time to settle down while some nap, play cards or catch up over coffee and left-overs. Instead, take a group walk around your neighborhood. If the people in your family are active, plan a flag football game, or a homemade obstacle course. Being outside and active will help your body digest all of those delicious foods and can keep you from feeling run-down after clean up. Not to mention, being in a group activity is a better way to reconnect with family members and for children to be in touch with relatives they may not see often. Planning an activity will be more memorable for years to come.
What are some ways you keep your holiday season healthier?
It’s just a matter of time before all of the holiday invites start coming your way– Christmas Eve, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, the excuses to eat continue! Prepare to sit down at a table filled with stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet corn, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and cookies. Thank god you’re wearing stretchy pants!
While the holidays are a time to celebrate and indulge, you want to be sure not to go overboard. Enjoy the holiday season without adding inches to your waistline with these basic healthy eating survival tips.
- Start your day off by exercising. The more calories you burn now, the more you can enjoy later.
- Eat small, healthy meals throughout the day to prepare for a big dinner.
- Don’t arrive at a party hungry. This may lead to poor eating decisions. Eat a piece of fruit or yogurt before heading out.
- When at dinner, first fill half your plate with fruits and veggies. Then add the holiday treats; just be mindful of portion control.
- Pass on sugary soft drinks and instead satisfy your sweet tooth with one piece of dessert.
- Hydrate with water. Often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty.
- Be mindful of alcohol. Beer, wine and alcohol are high in calories and will definitely stimulate your appetite.
- Leave the leftovers. It’s okay to indulge here and there, but don’t take the holiday grub home to your fridge.
- Remember, it takes about 20 minutes to start feeling full. Eat slowly and enjoy every bite to help curb overeating.
- Finally, have fun! Don’t stress about treating yourself during the holidays. Just enjoy your time with friends and family over good, delicious food.