Healthy Thanksgiving Tips from Let’s Talk Fitness
It’s hard to say no to seconds. Especially when seconds include stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce and gravy (if you partake in the traditional Thanksgiving food.)
Lucky for us, we have a local ATX food blogger whose blog is dedicated to health. As a person who used to eat fast food twice a day, Allen is transforming his personal health through a whole foods diet. His blog is wonderful inspiration and a testament to the power of real food.
Check out his tips for healthy eating, and visit his blog for more ideas on how you can up the health of your day-to-day life.
Quick Tips and a Recipe for a Healthy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving, and the holiday season, is upon us and it can be a difficult time to stay healthy. I’d like to share some quick tips for healthy eating during the holiday season. The most important tip is to be prepared. When we aren’t prepared, it’s easier to make poor food choices.
If you will be visiting friends and/or family, give the party host a call to ask what they dishes they will be serving. Let’s say the host mentions a salad, you could ask that the dressing be placed on the side so that you can add as little (or none) when you create your plate. Leave the leftovers at the host’s house so that they won’t tempt you the following day.
If you are hosting a holiday meal, I challenge you to look at using healthier substitutes in your menu.
- In.gredients is a great place to find healthy fruits and vegetables.
- Reduce the amount of oil and butter used in your recipes.
- Try fat-free and lower sodium broths.
- Use a natural sweetener instead of sugar where possible.
- Use almond milk and other non-dairy milk to save on fat and calories and increase nutrition.
- Opt for roasted and steamed veggies instead of fried.
- Use super-healthy sweet potatoes instead of regular white potatoes.
Other ideas include eating slower – experts say that eating slower and chewing your food more can make you feel more satisfied. Alternatively you could take a break mid-meal to let your digestive system relax. Another great way to cut back is to use a smaller plate so less looks like more. Choose foods that are high in water and/or fiber. These foods will make you feel full faster. You could also offer to take a family walk after the holiday meal.
Lastly, and most importantly, have fun with your friends and family. Remember that the holiday season is more about sharing time with friends and family rather than overdoing it at meal time.
Here is a healthy recipe for a side-dish that is perfect to take with you to a dinner party or to offer to your guests at your holiday dinner party.
Roasted Butternut Squash with Cinnamon
- one pound butternut squash
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- tiny dash of extra virgin olive oil
- Cube butternut squash (or buy it pre-cubed) and place in bowl
- Sprinkle cinnamon to lightly cover the squash
- Put olive oil and stevia on the squash
- Mix squash to make sure it is fully coated
- Bake it at 400 for about 20 minutes
Have a great (and healthy) Thanksgiving holiday!