There’s no denying that Thanksgiving dinner offers some tasty treats that can tempt you to overindulge and spend much of the day sleeping off your self-induced food coma. If you’re aiming to eat healthier this Thanksgiving there are a few simple steps that can help you make smarter diet decisions without giving up your favorite foods!
Start The Day Off Right
Is the thought of all of the delicious Thanksgiving food tempting you to skip breakfast? Think again. Missing breakfast has been shown to increase food consumption throughout the rest of the day making you more likely to binge on those high calorie Thanksgiving goodies. Starting the day with a healthy breakfast can help set you up to eat healthier during the Thanksgiving festivities.
Pick Your Favorite Dishes
It’s not uncommon for the Thanksgiving table to be overloaded with a huge selection of sides, veggies, and of course the turkey! Even indulging in just a small amount of each dish can mean that the food on your plate soon piles up.
One simple way to eat healthier this Thanksgiving is to simply eat less! A great way to lessen your food intake is to choose your favorite or seasonal dishes and skip the others. For example, stuffing is a holiday treat that you may not have often but other sides such as mash potato and bread rolls may be a staple in your household that you won’t mind skipping!
Balance Your Food
Eating the right balance of food can help keep you full for longer, which in turn lowers the chance of late night snacking. An easy rule to help you eat a balanced Thanksgiving dinner is to fill one half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables, a quarter with skinless turkey, and the final quarter with starchy foods such as mashed potatoes. This balance of food types will provide fiber and protein to keep you full for longer and limit the amount of calories from carbohydrate-heavy foods like bread and potatoes.
Watch Out For Liquid Calories
Unfortunately we’re not talking about the gravy! Thanksgiving Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year in bars and Thanksgiving Day ranks as one of the most popular drinking holidays. Drinking can add hundreds of calories to your diet and when you’re relaxing with family and friends it’s easy to lose track of how much you’ve had to drink throughout the day. To help keep your alcohol calories to a minimum try measuring your drinks so you know just how many ‘glasses’ you’ve had. Wine should be a 5oz measure, beer a 12oz pour, and liquor a 1.5oz shot. Other methods of reducing your calorie consumption from beverages include finishing your drink before it’s topped up, opting for low calorie mixers, and drinking a calorie free drink (think water!) between each alcoholic one.
These simple steps can help you enjoy all of the Thanksgiving fun without ruining your diet!