Hi there, happy Thanksgiving!
Here are some tips on how to enjoy Thanksgiving while keeping health and nutrition in mind.
- If you are not hosting this year offer to bring a dish or two. Choosing to bring a healthy dish will ensure that you have a healthy option to choose from. Consider making a wild rice pilaf in which you can include nuts and vegetables. You can bring a roasted or steamed vegetable, plain baked sweet potatoes (people can dress them up as they like), or whole grain dinner rolls to share. I will be bringing blanched broccoli that has lemon juice squeezed on top; this is one way I can be sure my kids will eat broccoli and I really enjoy broccoli prepared this way too.
- Skip the gravy. It just adds salt and added calories to your meal.
- Include vegetables and fruit on your plate, remember the standard goal of making half of your plate fruits and vegetables.
- Tune into your self control and skip having seconds if you are already satisfied.
- Enjoy dessert but keep it to one small portion. I will be looking forward to my slice of pumpkin pie, yum!
- As usual, stick to healthy portion sizes. Don’t overdo it.
- Choose water or other calorie free beverages.
- Keep alcohol to one serving for women and up to two servings for men.
- If you attend Thanksgiving at someone else’s home, graciously decline taking leftovers for the food items that are richer in calories, sodium, sugar and saturated fat.
- Get active on Thanksgiving. Growing up my dad and brothers would always play a game of football on the front lawn. Nowadays, my family goes on a walk after dinner. Its fun bundling up and looking at Christmas lights since a good amount of people put them up by Thanksgiving.
I’d also like to encourage you to consider helping those that need food assistance this season. If you live in the Chicagoland area check this website out for ideas on how you can help those that may not have a Thanksgiving meal to enjoy.
Peace and God’s blessings!