1. fill ‘er up: 1/2 veggies/salad + 1/4 protein + 1/4 whatever you cRaVe!
first load up your plate with healthy, filling options like veggies or salad, and no, unfortunately most recipes for sweet potatoes don’t count as veggies. (although mine does). then pile on the protein with turkey – go white meat as a leaner option. finally, indulge on the last quarter of your plate whether it’s grandma’s dressing or buttery mashed potatoes.
2. skip the bread: unless it’s homemade, that is.
thanksgiving means a lot of foods you only get to enjoy once a year: cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, roasted turkey, stuffing…the list goes on. so why waste precious room in your belly with filler foods that you can have all year long? bread and butter…cheese and crackers…plain ol’ cookies. allocate your holiday chow-down at least to some seasonal treats!
3. dip, baby dip (don’t douse).
foods can go from healthy to heck-no! in a split second once drenched in calorie-laden sauces, dressings, and gravy, oh my! go the dipping route and put salad dressings, sauces, and that thick brown gravy on the side and just lightly dip your bites. remember dip, not douse!
4. go big if you must: just don’t go back (for seconds)!
let’s face it – it’s thanksgiving. and even if there are healthy options, odds are that you’re gonna eat a bit more than usual. the good news: it’s ONE day, people! how do you indulge without overdoing it? one big rule: NO seconds. nope, don’t do it. there’s no way that if you follow rule #1 above that piling your plate high will leave you hungry. so enjoy, then kick back and relax – dessert still awaits!
5. bite-size sampler platter for dessert? yes please.
everyone knows pumpkin pie is the healthiest option at thanksgiving (especially mine), but if you’re like most of us there are about 6 options and choosing just one can be as difficult as choosing my favorite character on “friends”! try taking a 2-bite serving of all the desserts that look good to you – you won’t feel deprived and (bonus) you get to try everything without overdoing it! [disclaimer: use a dessert-sized plate, not dinner platter!]
PLUS: 3 TIPS to combat any TURKEY-DAY DAMAGE
1. up + at ‘em! thankgiving meals aren’t until later in the day, so get outta bed at your leisure and fit in a workout to start your day off right and rev your metabolism. see below for a turkey-day workout to tighten + tone!
2. pre-game fuel: don’t go into thanksgiving on an empty stomach thinking you’ll save calories? oh no. disaster-alert! after your morning sweat session, enjoy a high-protein breakfast to keep you from overeating later in the day. research shows you’ll consume fewer calories the rest of the day if you have eggs for breakfast!
3. move it to lose it. rally your family for a post-meal waddle around the block, or better yet, start a game of flag football. you’ll feel better just in time to go curl up on the couch and watch football!
happy (fit) thanksgiving to you…tis’ the season to give thanks and this year i’m thankful for:
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