Healthy Tips for Your Turkey Day
Don't let your Thanksgiving gobble end up as a wobble!
"Thanksgiving does not need to be a calorie-laden or guilt-filled occasion in which our waistlines suffer," said Erin Burke, SwedishAmerican dietitian.
Here are her best tips to make this year's Thanksgiving a bit healthier.
- Eat a good breakfast such as fiber-rich oatmeal or protein-packed scrambled eggs with veggies. Skipping this important meal in order to 'save room for dinner' only encourages you to overeat.
- Offer to bring a healthier option of a not so healthy favorite such as the sweet potatoes or stuffing.
- Don't socialize near the appetizers or by the candy dish. This will only tempt you to mindlessly snack.
- Savor the foods you eat. Take your time to enjoy each dish so it feels more satisfying.
- Fill your plate with smaller portions of high calorie or high fat foods, while having larger portions of steamed veggies or lean turkey.
- Resist the urge to go back for second helpings.
- Be careful with alcohol intake: Drinks can add empty calories and cause you to overeat.
- Incorporate exercise throughout the day. You can go for a walk early in the day, as well as after dinner. Weather permitting, plan a family football game outdoors.