Whether you are planning a feast at your home or bringing a dish to someone else’s home, read on for tips and recipe ideas for a healthier thanksgiving.
1. Don’t starve yourself before your feast. You will be overly hungry and eat way too much and then feel terrible. Eat something light and healthy prior.
2. Make sure you exercise. Just going for a walk can help burn some of the extra calories you indulge in and may make you feel less sluggish. You can make exercise a fun family activity too…. in my family we do the turkey trot, a five mile run in downtown Cleveland every thanksgiving we are together.
3. Watch your portion sizes. You don’t need to eat as much as possible. Leftover turkey and pumpkin pie can be frozen.
4. Replace high fat high calorie items in recipes with reduced or nonfat lower calorie items when possible. For example, using reduced fat cheese in your macaroni and cheese recipe can help decrease the fat and calorie content. Applesauce can also be a replacement for some or all of the butter in some baked goods recipes. If it is your first time trying applesauce as a substitute, and the recipe calls for 1 cup of butter I would use half the butter (1/2 cup) and replace the other 1/2 cup of butter with a half a cup of applesauce.
5. Don’t continue to sit by food when you are done eating. Move yourself away from the food or clear the table so you don’t keep mindlessly eating.
Now that you have some general tips….what kind of healthy recipes can you make that everyone can enjoy? Read on for some of my own Thanksgiving appropriate recipes and other recipes I found from around the web that have the “Caryn seal of approval.” 🙂
I like to start out my Thanksgiving with some healthy appetizers and festive drinks:
Hi, my name is Caryn, and I am a registered dietitian nutritionist in Miami, Florida. I was born and raised in Ohio and have 2 girls under the age of 5. I am a busy working mom who used to have an hour long commute to work, so I know how hard keeping up with healthy habits can be. I am a lazy cook, so I hate overly complicated recipes and doing dishes. Just toss everything in one pot....right?