Is your mouth already watering in anticipation of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes and desserts? Or are you worried that over-indulging may negatively impact your health and your waistline?
There are ways to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal while keeping consumption, calories, and extra pounds in check. Below are a few tips for maintaining your healthy lifestyle this Thanksgiving:
Feature Vegetable Side Dishes
Instead of preparing vegetables with heavy cream, cheese, and butter, try oven-roasting vegetables instead. Drizzle brussel sprouts, green beans, or diced sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh herbs and then bake in the oven. This is a tasty way to round out the meal without all of the extra calories.
Serve on Smaller Plates
When there is a lot of empty space on the plate, scientists say we will feel like we’ve eaten less food than we actually have. Similarly, studies have shown that oversized dinner plates may cause people to serve and eat more food in one sitting. Take a look at your plates and consider serving on a smaller dish for your Thanksgiving meal. This trick can help you to reduce portion sizes.
Cut Out A Few Extras
Bypass the Thanksgiving dinner rolls to save a few extra calories for stuffing and potatoes instead. Turkey skin is packed with extra fat and calories, so avoiding the skin can make your portion a little healthier. Consume beer, wine, and liquor in moderation, as alcoholic beverages add extra calories to your meal.
Take Your Time
Eat slowly and wait a few minutes before deciding to take a helping of seconds. It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to register that the stomach is full. Eating more slowly will keep you aware of how much you are consuming and give you enough time to recognize you are full.
Walk it Off
When dinner is over, instead of heading right to the couch, get the family together for an evening stroll. A 20-minute walk after dinner can burn a few calories and may aid in digestion and normalize your blood sugar levels. Plus, walking is a great way to enjoy time with your loved ones.
What are your tricks for maintaining a healthy weight and nutritious diet during the holidays? Please share your suggestions with us in the comments.