How to Eat Healthy on Thanksgiving

Tips to a HEALTHIER Thanksgiving

Gobble gobble! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner! I’m sure many of you are thinking of the menu you will be making in a few weeks; turkey (obviously), green bean casserole, green beans, sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top, yams, mashed potatoes, rolls, stuffing, and of course, pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Listing these foods have my mouth watering!

The little voice in the back of your head is reminding you that while this all sounds good, you have committed to a healthy lifestyle. Even one cheat day with all these foods will leave you feeling like you’ve cheated for days. According to, eating healthfully on Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to forgo all your favorite foods, said Jennifer K. Nelson, a registered dietitian and director of clinical. Check out the five tips below to avoid overdoing it.

1. Stick to healthy portions – “Just one plate of Thanksgiving food is all you get. Fill up half your plate with vegetables, fruit and a whole wheat roll, a quarter of it with mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, and a quarter of it with turkey or ham,” Nelson says. Remember, the more colorful your plate, the better! As for pies, go for the pumpkin an fruit because they tend to have fewer calories than chocolate or pecan.

2. Eat before you indulge – Don’t go without eating during the early part of Thanksgiving Day, with the intention that you’re just “saving room” for all the food, or that this will make it okay for you to overeat later. Eat breakfast before a Thanksgiving lunch; eat lunch or have a snack in the afternoon for a dinner.

3. Substitute healthy ingredients for unhealthy ones – For mashed potatoes, Nelson suggested mixing in chicken broth, herbs or roasted garlic to perk up the flavor instead of adding in butter. For green bean casserole, swap out fried onions with toasted almonds. Instead of cranberry sauce, opt for a cranberry salad. And for dips, use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Another easy way to cut fat out of your meal is to avoid eating the skin on the turkey. If you’re baking homemade pie, opt for whole wheat pie crusts and substitute low-fat or skim milk for evaporated milk, she said.

4. Drink lots of water and take a walk after eating – Sometimes when you think you are hungry, you may really be thirsty. Drink lots of water throughout the day, you’ll lower the risk of over indulging. It’s also a good idea to take a walk after eating to get your metabolism going instead of laying on the couch.

5. Avoid snacking throughout the day – “Out of sight, out of mind.” Once you’ve filled your plate with food, cover up the food and put it away. When you snack throughout the day, it’s easy to lose track of how much you’ve eaten.

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