Many people look forward to Thanksgiving for the delicious and wide variety of foods that revive the tradition and memories. But do you want to forget about the weight gain and related guilt that follows? We feel that you can enjoy Thanksgiving food while eating healthy. Here are some guiding points to make enjoyable and nutritious food choices.
1. Don't Starve Yourself Before the Meal
Most people wake up on Thanksgiving Day with the mindset of saving their appetite for lunch or dinner. If you are starving, you may show-up ravenous at the table, throw your willpower to the winds and eating whatever is in sight.
It helps to control your appetite if you have a healthy snack at home before rushing to the food table during the Thanksgiving meal. You can enjoy yogurt, eggs and toast, nuts, cheese, or a salad and approach the table with composure.
2. Make Sure Your Appetizers Are Light
Avoid stuffing yourself with heavy appetizers, or stay away from them entirely if possible. Instead, balance your pre-meal indulgence and choose something lighter. You can try a vegetable-based soup like broccoli and carrot soup, cheese and crackers, salads, fresh veggies, or chips, and fresh salsa.
3. Heap Your Plate with Veggies
Turkey is the classic centerpiece of any Thanksgiving table, but when you help yourself to some, make sure you pass on the fatty skin. Follow the simple rule of filling up your plate with fresh, roasted, or grilled colorful vegetables such as cauliflower, carrots, Brussels sprouts, green salads, etc.
4. Restrict the Amount of Starchy Veggies You Eat
Mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes are appealing with their lush, smooth texture but have high starch content. Give in to temptation, but restrict yourself to a scoopful. Focus on mashed cauliflower, which is nutrient-dense and tastier.
5. Avoid Rich Traditional Dishes Whenever Possible
Many classic Thanksgiving recipes contain cream and a lot of sugar. If you are preparing it, make a lighter version of it by substituting milk for cream or more vegetable stuffing and using less sugary decorations.
If you are not cooking a dish, bring something that you would like to eat, to the food table. If you aren't the host, you have the choice to bring some healthy food, like a winter fruit salad or a thin-crust pie.
6. Try to Stay Away From Beverages
At Thanksgiving, it can be tempting to keep sipping sugary and alcoholic beverages from start to finish. Instead, drink a glassful of cider and follow it up with seltzer water for the rest of the meal.
7. Choose Healthier Dessert Options
How can you have a Thanksgiving dinner without a sumptuous spread of desserts? You are sure to be attracted to the pumpkin pie. No problem but try to avoid eating the crust. If you are baking a dessert, see how you can do away with the pie crust and use a filling that allows a crumble on top like an apple cobbler.
8. Move Around After Your Meal
Once the meal is over, instead of lounging on a couch, take a stroll outside and refresh yourself. You can play a light game, cycle for a while, or go for a light walk. It will keep you feeling fresh and bright.
Thanksgiving is important, and one of the most anticipated days of the year to celebrate. Undoubtedly, food is the focus of the festivities. While you do not need to sacrifice savoring good food, rein in excesses and resort to moderation and mindfulness to make it more enjoyable. And you can enjoy the good company of your family members and be thankful for everything you have.