EPIC Suggests: The Best Ways to Eat Healthy on Thanksgiving
We all love the Thanksgiving dinner, don’t we? This special day comes just once a year, and everybody wants to enjoy their favorite festive foods – seasoned stuffing, creamy potatoes, juicy turkey and of course, pies. With such temptations and cravings in mind, it’s difficult to follow your healthy habits on festive holidays.
But Thanksgiving can actually be a wonderful holiday to eat healthy foods that still satisfy all our cravings. It’s neither a good idea to deny yourself your favorite foods, nor falling into a food coma. There’s always a scope for some give and take.
Eat healthy on Thanksgiving with nutrient-rich options like green beans, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, cranberries, corn, pumpkin, and turkey can certainly make your plate a healthy plate.
Here are a few tips recommended by EPIC diet and nutritional counseling experts to help you have a wonderful and healthy Thanksgiving.
Don’t Skip Your Breakfast: Contrary to the popular belief, saving up calories for the big meal rarely works. Don’t hesitate to start a healthy Thanksgiving with a sumptuous breakfast like hot whole-grain cereal and an egg-white omelet brimming with veggies, so you won’t be starving when you arrive at the gathering.
Know Yourself: It is essential to know yourself when it comes to food. Some of our favourite foods give us the most trouble. Identify those foods and try to avoid those items at the dinner. The host might feel bad about this, but remember it’s always better to take care of health.
Remember, a healthy diet and proper nutrition go hand in hand. You can contact your nutritionist or physician to customize and figure out an effective weight loss management program that will help you lose and control your weight.
Bring Diversity to Your Plate: It is important to divide your plate well with vegetables, meat, and healthy starch, like corn on the cob, a baked potato, or sweet potatoes. Instead of wasting your calories on foods that you can have all year long, fill your plate with holiday favorites that only come around once a year.
What to Avoid: Try to avoid these on your holiday dinner plate: Boxed Stuffing, Pecan Pie, Ham, Green Bean Casserole, Canned Cranberry Sauce, Seven-Layer Salad, White Bread Rolls, and so on.
Instead of alcohol and sugar mixtures try making mocktails with a mix of sparkling water, a splash of juice, garnished with a slice of fresh fruit. Instead of a full glass of wine, make it half wine and half sparkling water.
What to Have Instead: Make healthy food choices with roasted sweet potatoes, whole-grain stuffing, pumpkin pie, roasted turkey, brussels sprouts, fresh cranberry sauce, dark green leafy salads, and whole-wheat rolls. Use herbs and spices in place of salt.
Rub a turkey breast with smoked paprika, sage and extra-virgin olive oil, mince fresh tarragon into stuffing, blend minced garlic cloves into mashed potatoes, and sprinkle turmeric powder into sweet potatoes.
Eat Slow and Savor Every Bite: One of the easiest ways to enjoy your holiday meal without going overboard on calories is to eat slowly and enjoy every bite. Fruits, vegetables, salads, and other foods with lots of water and fiber can generate a feeling of fullness.
Start with Physical Activity: Before you indulge in your favorite food have a calorie deficit by exercising to burn off extra calories. Increase your steps or lengthen your fitness routine weeks before and especially, on Thanksgiving Day before meal.
Skip Second Serves: Resist your temptation to go back for a second serving. Once you’ve had your share, reach for a meal ender to avoid eating more.
Focus on Family and Friends: Rather than getting obsessed over the food at Thanksgiving, focus your attention on enjoying the entire celebration with your friends and family. Thanksgiving is not just about food.
It’s not unusual to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of delicious foods on Thanksgiving. But if you keep in mind the aforementioned tips, you can cut on calories without depriving yourself of a true Thanksgiving feast.
There you have it. These are some of the do-follow tips to eat and stay healthy on Thanksgiving. If you like this article, do share it with your near and deal ones. Or if you want to share your tip or experience with us and our readers, drop a few lines in the comments section.