Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means that the 2-month-long holiday season full of sweets, treats, and good eats is nearly here. It can be all too easy to let your healthy eating habits fall by the wayside during the holidays, so be proactive this year and follow the tips below to help you Eat Well and feel great this Thanksgiving (and beyond)!
1. Eat a Healthy Breakfast. It’s very important to start your day off with a balanced, nutritious breakfast and snack on healthy, filling foods on Thanksgiving morning. Skipping a meal or “banking” your calories for later will make you more likely to overeat when the turkey, mashed potatoes, and pie are sitting in front of you! Opt for protein-rich foods (think eggs, yogurt, and peanut butter), whole grains, and fresh fruit to start your day right!
2. Get Active! Make it a priority to get some exercise in before all the commotion starts on Thanksgiving morning. This year’s 4th Annual Festival Foods Turkey Trot is the perfect way to get you and your family moving. (Click Here if you’re interested in learning more about this awesome event or would like to sign up!). If you don’t have a Turkey Trot nearby, organize your own family fun run or walk on Thanksgiving Day.
3. Lighten It Up. Utilize flavorful and healthy ingredients such as fresh herbs, spices and seasonal fruits and vegetables to cut back on the amount of butter, cream and salt used in your holiday dishes. Check out these “made-over” recipes for traditional holiday favorites: Sweet Potato-Pecan Casserole, Cranberry Relish, Green Bean Casserole, Light Pumpkin Pie.
4. Use MyPlate as a Guide. Aim to fill half of your dinner plate with vegetables and fruit. Choose items such as roasted sweet potatoes, leafy green salads, and fresh fruits and veggies rather than fruit or vegetable dishes covered with cheeses or high-calorie sauces. At holiday meals it’s important to enjoy your food, but eat less and to avoid oversized portions.
5. Be Mindful of Your Beverages. Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, since our bodies can easily mistake thirst for hunger. Also, go easy on the alcohol, as it can quickly sabotage your good intentions to watch what you’re eating throughout the day. Opt for a light beer or a small glass of wine instead of higher-calorie specialty drinks.
6. Focus on What Really Matters. Sure, Thanksgiving and other holidays wouldn’t be complete without wonderful food, but ultimately these special days are about spending quality time with family and friends. Eat your meal slowly, savor all the delicious flavors on your plate, and enjoy the company of your loved ones who surround the dinner table this year!
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving from our Festival Foods Family to yours!!