Tomorrow we approach another Thanksgiving. My how quickly the year seems to fly by! With Thanksgiving comes a time to see family and old friends, to celebrate, watch football and of course eat an amazing meal. We know you are great at the socializing and bonding with family/friends over an entertaining football game but let’s hone in a little closer on those minor dinner details you may not be so good at controlling.
Did you know that depending on your source, the average Thanksgiving dinner portion weights in at a whopping 2,500-3,000 calories a plate? Yes if 3,500 calories equal a pound of fat depending on how much egg nog you add to your meal you’re looking at gaining up to a pound from it! So how do you tackle this beast and still come out a winner? An article by WebMD entitled, “10 Tips for a Thinner Thanksgiving” (http://on.webmd.com/4nYjaX) gives us some food for thought with suggesting that you get a good sweat session in early on in the day prior to eating your feast. The article also recommends not skipping breakfast. Skipping breakfast will only make you feel famished by lunch/dinner time and lead to an over indulgence in food. WedMD suggests lightening up the meal where you can like using fat-free chicken broth when making the turkey, reducing or omitting butter from certain items and using yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips. Lastly the article states policing your portions to be the big key. Skip your seconds and try to choose the best items at the dinner table for Thanksgiving.
Willing to try to lighten up but unsure which Thanksgiving items to choose and which to avoid? Here’s a handy reference list I made for you:
white meat turkey, mashed potatoes minus adding butter or gravy, dinner roll with little pad of butter, roasted or mashed sweet potatoes if they are not filled with marshmallows or candied, vegetables, green bean casserole, homemade cranberries, and pumpkin pie
Dark meat, gravy, excessive butter use, candied or marshmallow sweet potatoes, sausage, stuffing, canned cranberries, pecan pie, egg nog, cornbread
In closure I hope this list will help you in lightening up your load so you’re not overstuffed or full of guilt come Friday morning! But most of all I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving no matter what decision you make!