Thanksgiving is a holiday that is centered around family, friends, and most notably… food! This time of the year can be a trying time for anyone trying to stay on a healthy eating plan with all of the delicious food options that we typically see throughout the holiday season.
As we gather together this Thanksgiving, lets practice mindful eating and limit portion sizes as to not over indulge. We can even make some healthy substitutions in our favorite dishes to help keep our healthy eating habits going strong!
Portion control, portion control, portion control… we are constantly reminded that portion control is an important part of any healthy eating plan and unfortunately, that does not change on holidays.
Remember the MyPlate Method of eating and allow half of your plate to be non-starchy vegetables, a third of your plate lean protein (turkey !!!), and the last third of your plate whole grains. Take smaller bites of everything that you really want and make sure to chew slowly and savor each bite.
There are many ways to make a traditional thanksgiving meal just a little bit healthier! For instance, instead of rubbing turkey with butter, which is loaded with saturated fats, rub with olive oil and season liberally with fresh herbs and spices. Another option would be to use whole grain breadcrumbs for your stuffing to increase the fiber content of this dish.
Next, changing up the family favorite… mashed potatoes. For a lighter version, use skim or 1% milk instead of whole milk or heavy cream to cut down on both calorie and saturated fat content. You can even substitute half (or all) of your mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower to lower calorie and carbohydrate content of your meal.
Lastly, the main event of any Thanksgiving meal… DESSERT! When looking for a slice of pie at the end of your meal choose a small piece of pumpkin pie. Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A and fiber and to lighten up this dessert, use evaporated milk instead of heavy cream or half and half.
Eat well and have blessed, and healthy holiday!
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