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Give Thanks


Article posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, November 15th, 2011,

 

It is about that time when we all start planning for the big Thanksgiving Day festivities. With a little thought and planning it is easy to enjoy the big day.

It is common to splurge on Thanksgiving Day but here are some tips that allow for a little indulgence without tipping the scales:

  • Eat Breakfast. It is tempting to save your calories for the big meal but eating a healthy breakfast of a protein and a whole grain carbohydrate (think Greek yogurt with berries and almonds) will get you off on the right foot and keep you from munching throughout the day. Not to mention, if you are hosting, you need the energy a good breakfast provides.

  • Keep it Balanced. No need to go overboard on the starchy carbs. Steer clear of reaching for the rolls AND the potatoes AND the bread stuffing. You don’t need all three. Choose the one that looks the most delicious and then load up on fruit and veggies.

  • Ask for a Healthy Side Dish. If you are the host, make it a potluck and ask your guests to bring a healthy version of their assigned side dish. Make it fun and ask for recipes to be included.

  • Keep it Slow. A lot of work goes into a Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy it. Spend the meal conversing with family and friends and put your fork down every once and awhile.

  • Make it Active. A game of flag football, a walk after dinner or a little Dance Central in the Kinect will not only be fun but it will help digest all of that delicious food.

There are some delicious Healthy recipes for Thanksgiving, but it also is easy to make a couple of simple changes to your favorites. Consider these.

  • Instead of green bean casserole with creamed soups TRY steamed fresh green beans drizzled with Olive oil.

  • Instead of Sweet potato casserole TRY roasted sweet potatoes with a maple glaze.

  • Instead of Mashed potatoes, TRY mashed cauliflower.

  • Instead of pumpkin pie in the pastry shell TRY pie filling served in ramekins without the crust.

The food gets all the glory at Thanksgiving but this day is about more than food. Remember to take time this Thanksgiving to appreciate all of the good things in your life. Enjoy your family and friends and take time to help others who may be less fortunate this holiday season.

 

Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
www.themissionofnutrition.com
Ph: 503 621 7549
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