Pumpkin Pie piled high with whipped cream, turkey and stuffing dowsed in rich gravy, mountains of creamy mashed potatoes with melted butter oozing down the side, spoonful’s of creamy green bean casserole …is your mouth watering yet!? Mine sure is, but I can also feel my waistband expanding! Did you know that an average plate of food during Thanksgiving contains about 1,500-3,000 calories?! WHOAH! That doesn’t even include the snacking that goes on all day before dinner is even served. I know it’s just one day a year, but don’t forget about the leftovers that can turn Thanksgiving into a 3 day ordeal! Here are some Thanksgiving eating pointers that won’t make you tip the scale and have to look for a new pair of jeans during the Black Friday madness.
I’ve broken this rule just about every time. Eat breakfast and don’t try to save your calories for dinner. This will most likely result in eating more during dinner. It’s going slow down your metabolism and make you munch all day and gorge as soon as the turkey hits the table! Don’t skip the most important meal of the day!
Make sure you stay hydrated. This is important especially throughout the day. Your body may confuse being thirsty for being hungry. Drink a glass of water if you have the urge to shovel some mashed potatoes in to make sure they taste alright before the rest of dinner is ready. Don’t worry, you will have plenty to eat when dinner is served!
Munch smart! The day can easily turn into hours of grazing while waiting for the main event. Try and stay away from an all-day eating frenzy and also stick with the veggies and fruit. Get outside! Take a stroll around the block while the aromas of turkey and stuffing fill the house. Take your mind off the grub for a good 30 minutes!
Don’t let your eyes be bigger than your stomach! Keep the portion sizes small and eat slowly.
Limit your alcohol intake. Those brewski’s, spiked hot apple ciders and wine coolers are packed with the calories! If you must, sip on a Bloody Mary; no sugar AND you’re getting you veggies! Also try a vodka and soda for something with less of a kick.
Once Turkey day has come and gone, what are you going to do with all those leftovers? Here are some of my favorite healthy recipes for the days following one of America’s favorite holidays.
Cranberry Turkey Salad made with Greek Yogurt! (YUMMY!)
• 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
• 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, nonfat
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 scallions, chopped
• 1 celery stalk, chopped
• 8 ounces cooked turkey breast, chopped
Directions In a bowl mix together the first 5 items and toss to combine. Makes 3 cups. Keep refrigerated.
•1 ½ cups chicken stock
•½ large diced onion
•1 carrot diced
•1 diced celery stick
•1 smashed garlic clove
•2 tsp. olive oil
•2 cups leftover Thanksgiving vegetables (whatever you have!)
•2 cups cooked leftover turkey, chopped
•1 bay leaf 1 tbs. fresh sage or 2 tbs fresh parsley (or both if you like) Pepper to taste
Directions: Sauté the onion in olive oil over medium-low heat for 3 minutes in a large pot. Add garlic and sauté another 2 minutes. Add the carrots and celery, sautéing for 5 more minutes. Add stock, bay leaf, turkey meat and bring to a simmer for 15 minutes. Add chopped green vegetables, parsnips and carrots, bring back to a simmer for 5 minutes and add sweet potatoes. Bring back to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes, add sage, parsley, and pepper to taste. Shut heat off and let sit a few minutes before serving so flavors can blend.
I hope you enjoyed this tips and they help you stay slim during the holidays! Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Gobble Gobble!