How to Keep Your Thanksgiving Dinner Delectable and Diet Friendly

 

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, most of us are dreaming about creamy mashed potatoes, savory stuffing, and a plate load of scrumptious turkey. The thought of this will either have you doing cartwheels or cringing about the thought of derailing your diet. But, the holidays don't have to be a time of weight gain or weight loss. Focus on maintenance, and follow the tips below to keep your Thanksgiving delectable and diet friendly.

1. Watch your portions - You don't need to pile up your plate with a pound of mashed potatoes just because it's Thanksgiving. Think about how much food will actually make you full. And, when you are plating your food, try to fill the majority of your plate with vegetables, then add your meat, and lastly small portions of other sides such as mashed potatoes and stuffing, since they will likely contain the most calories.

2. Skip the seconds - Once you finish your initial plate, don't immediately run up for more food. Sit for a while, and let yourself digest. If you're still hungry in an hour, then make yourself another plate. But, don't stuff yourself on seconds - you'll need room for dessert. Speaking of dessert, choose just one dessert to eat to save on calories.

3. Limit your Alcohol Intake - Thanksgiving is a time of celebration, but don't forget all of those hidden calories in wine and beer. Try to restrict yourself to one or two drinks throughout the day. Make your drinks last longer by sipping on them slowly and drink water the rest of the day to keep yourself hydrated.

4. Meat Choice - When eating turkey, eat the white turkey meat. And, whether you eat the white or the dark turkey meat, remove the skin, hence removing extra calories.

5. Avoid extra additives - Focus on not adding extras to your foods, such as more salt or butter. The dishes will already likely have a lot of salt and butter in them. Also, when cooking your side dishes,  choose healthier options that will have less salt and sugar. For example, homemade cranberry sauce has a significantly less amount of sugar than canned cranberry sauce.

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