Keeping it Healthy During Thanksgiving

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!)

Ingredients

• 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.

 

Turkey Soup

Ingredients:

•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!

-Morgan

Ted Flach Memorial Candy Cane Classic

Beacon Insurance Group is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island Ted Flach Memorial Candy Cane Classic. The Candy Cane Classic, being held on Saturday December 7th, 2013, is an annual golf and tennis tournament benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. This event will take place at both Sea Pines Country Club and The Golf Club at Indigo Run.

The Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island generates exceptional results from their after school reading and technology programs. The club serves more than 6,000 children annually, whether local or out-of-town, for events and academic enhancement. One of the members was recently awarded a scholarship from Hank Aaron’s Chasing the Dream Foundation.

We, at Beacon Insurance Group, appreciate any consideration you can provide to help this fantastic organization. Currently, the club is looking for Hole (or Court) Sponsors for the Tournament. Please take a look at the sponsorship opportunities and, if you are interested, complete the form below so we can contact you!

The Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island – The Safe Place for Kids.

Are you interested in also golfing or playing tennis in the event or you need more details? There is more information on the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island Website: http://goo.gl/Uw1YQ2

Click on the image below to view sponsorship opportunities:

Candy Cane Classic 2013

Complete the contact form below if you are interested in becoming a sponsor!

It’s Oyster Season! Here are some tips about Oyster Safety!

Steam them, roast them, cook them, fry them or eat them raw; this time of the year you can’t go wrong when eating these scrumptious delicacies.

The lowcountry is the perfect place to enjoy some of the best local oysters around! Oysters enjoyed around the Bluffton/Hilton head area come from the May River and can either be purchased, or if you are feeling adventurous, hand-picked by you! Be careful though, oyster beds are very sharp and dangerous and must not be walked on. It is also very important to know where oyster beds are located when boating, they could do a lot of damage!

Here are some tips about being safe when purchasing, storing, and shucking oysters!

• Make sure they are fresh. If an oyster is open, don’t buy it!
• Keep them cold but do NOT immerse live oysters into water! Layer them with ice in a cooler OR store them in the refrigerator at 40 degrees
• To shuck an oyster, hold it tightly with one hand and hold an oyster knife in the other. Slip the top of the knife between the shells near the hinge of the oyster, moving your way up in a twisting motion. Be careful though, it’s easy to slip so be extra cautious!

Many people like to eat them just the way they are, but if you want some extra flavor, add some hot sauce, or my favorite combo, horseradish and cocktail sauce! Many people also make a mini oyster sandwich with some Saltine crackers. Whatever your preference may be, you can’t go wrong!

Get out there and get some oysters before the season is over and it’s too late! You won’t be disappointed! Shuck on!

-Morgan

Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Coffee Networking at Beacon Insurance Group

We will be hosting the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Coffee Networking at our office on November 12th. The event will be from 8:30am until 10:00am and attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Beacon Insurance Group while networking with other small businesses in the area. Chuck Wiseman, from Wiseman and Reilley Law Firm will be speaking about Myths of Small Business Succession Plans. We will have coffee from The Corner Perk, Bagels from Island Bagel, juice, cookies and fruit.

Our office is located in Sheridan Park at 60 Pennington Drive in Bluffton. Our office building is right behind Sonic and right next to Atlantic Community Bank. Please feel free to call us at 706-3690 if you have any questions or you are unsure where we are located.

We look forward to seeing you!

Join us at the Hilton Head Island Oyster Festival!

Get your shucking skills ready for Hilton Head Island’s three day long Oyster Festival! The event will take place Friday, November 8 from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm and will continue into Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10 from 11am-5pm.

Where is this fantastic event taking place at you ask? None other than the Shelter Cove Community Park, right in the heart of Hilton Head Island.

This is the perfect event for families, locals, visitors, the young, the old, and everyone in between! Football fans, take a deep breath. . .TV’s will be set up showing NFL and games, so don’t sweat it! And for all you foodies out there, all types of oysters will be available (obviously!) as well as local shrimp, grilled chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs, and much, much more!

On top of all the mouth-watering food available for purchase, there will also be live music, the Holiday Craft show, a kid’s zone and a silent auction. Upon entering, there will be a $5/person admission charge and children 12 and under will be free. All proceeds go to the Island Recreation Association’s Children’s scholarship fund.

Jodi and I will be volunteering at one of the beer stations, so come get a cold one and be sure to say hi! Hope to see you there for this excellent fall event!

– Morgan

Featured Preferred Partner: Street Meet American Takeout and Tavern

This is surely a favorite spot for the staff here at Beacon Insurance Group! Street Meet never lets us down when it comes to good times and good eats! This is a family-friendly, locals restaurant that is a perfect stop for lunch, dinner, or some late night cocktails.

Their delicious menu is full of yummy temptations! Two staff favorites include the Black Bean Burger (also delicious as a wrap!) and of course, the delectable Soul Kitchen which is a compilation of wings and fries smothered in homemade chipotle ranch dressing. MANY other options are also available to please all palates.

Street Meet never fails to mix things up. Each week, new specials are brought to the table in addition to their full menu which is available from 11:30AM-1:00AM. There are also tons of events happening throughout the year from live band performances, Trivia Tuesdays, and sporting events (especially Cleveland Browns games!)

As we are all proud to Americans, Street Meet takes great pride in being a small business owned and operated by proud patriots. They strive to support the local community and also partner with several charitable organizations. All of their apparel and memorabilia is also American-made; be sure to check it out!

For a great place full of great people, stop in at street meet and you won’t be disappointed!