This Thanksgiving, Thank Your Body
In addition to its historical significance, the Thanksgiving meal has become known as the splurge of the year. Think about a few ways to thank your body and still enjoy this feel good meal without over indulging.
- Start the day with some physical activity. Go outside and enjoy the crisp autumn air. Take a walk. Rake leaves. Play touch football with family and friends. Make sure to take a walk after eating.
- Drink lots of water. Most of the time when you think you are hungry, you are actually just thirsty. By drinking a lot of water throughout the day you will lower the risk of overeating.
- Be particular with the high protein star of the show – Turkey. Buy a fresh or frozen turkey that is not pre-basted, this will help cut back on calories and fat. Also try to avoid eating the skin of the turkey.
- Believe it or not, mashed potatoes can bring you comfort without the baggage. Using almond or skim milk as well as fat free Greek yogurt instead of cream, whole milk, or butter is a great way to make a skinny mash. Want to mix up your mash this year? Put down the white potatoes (or maybe half of them) and consider mashing nutrient-rich root vegetables like sweet potatoes, turnips, butternut squash, and antioxidant-rich purple potatoes. Flavor with spices like cinnamon and ginger.
- Load up on those veggies! Autumn nutrient rich veggies like pumpkin, kale, sweet potatoes, onions, cabbage, brussel sprouts, green beans, asparagus, can be prepared with seasoning and spices to make them as decadent as desserts. YOUR sides will love you for these sides!
*Lastly, focus on the conversation and the time spent with family. The meal is just a small part of the celebration on Thanksgiving!