Can you believe that Thanksgiving is already right around the corner? Thanksgiving dinner is probably the most anticipated and traditional meal of the year. With it comes bloating, sleepiness, and maybe even a couple extra pounds. Looking for ways to cut down on calories this Thanksgiving? Maybe you should be. The average person eats 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving (3,000 come from the mean and 1,500 from drinks and snacks). 4,500 calories. Wow! Here’s some information to help you get on the right track to a healthier meal and fewer calories.
Some tips and tricks:
- Drink water with your meal
- Use spices and herbs instead of sugars and salts
- Have fruits for desserts instead of pies (gasp!)
- Use recipes with pureed fruits instead of butter and oils
- Use skim evaporated milk instead of heavy cream (less fat)
- Fill 1/4 the plate with vegetables
- Use whole wheat flour instead of white flour
- Use less gravy (a little bit goes a long way)
A snack for the kids:
Try out this fun turkey! It’s a healthy way to hold them over until dinner and they can even help out with making it.
Side dishes under 200 calories:
- Green bean casserole-slimmed (187 calories)
- Roast asparagus with creamy almond vinaigrette (110 calories)
- Maple-roasted sweet potatoes (159 calories)
- Whole-grain herbed garlic bread (110 calories)
- Whole-grain biscuits (146 calories)
- Lemon-pepper mushrooms (56 calories)
- Beets with creamy balsamic vinaigrette and mint (70 calories)
- Roast fingerlings with lemon (170 calories)
For healthy, traditional Thanksgiving side recipes check out the Healthy Thanksgiving Menu.
- Vegan thumbprint cookies
- Apple cranberry slab pie (149 calories)
- Apple banana bread pudding (gluton and dairy free)
- Vegan pecan pie
- Chocolate chip pumpkin protein bar (150 calories)
- Apple cranberry crisp (100 calories)
While you cook dinner, the kiddos in your family can fit in some exercise! Have them do the “ABCs of yoga for kids” poses. They’re fun, kid-friendly, and will keep them calm and quiet (hopefully).
With Thanksgiving just under a week away, there’s no better time than now to make the change to a healthier lifestyle. Why not make your first healthy meal be the most looked-forward to meal of the year?
Happy Thanksgiving and happy eating!
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Tips and tricks source: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/downloads/infographics/2013-HolidayMakeover.pdf
Image sources (in order of appearance): http://happythanksgivingpictures-2014.com/happy-thanksgiving-clip-art-pictures-crafts-activities-project-images-clipart-2014/