Healthy and Delicious Alternatives to Thanksgiving Favorites
Did you know the average Thanksgiving dinner has over 2000 calories? That, mixed with the rest of the holiday season, helps account for a shocking statistic. The average American gains seven to ten pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. As you pull your chair up to the Thanksgiving table, keep these statistics in mind. Below are a few tips to help you keep your waistline in check this holiday, while still not depriving your taste buds of the goodies on the table.
- Exercise at some point on the day of Thanksgiving
It’s essential that you exercise on Thanksgiving Day. You may want to engage your family in going for a walk with you to enjoy the fresh air, the foliage, and time away from the kitchen so you can all just relax together.
- Eat a protein-rich breakfast the day of Thanksgiving
Don’t fall into the trap of “Well, I am going to have a big dinner tonight so that I will save my appetite for dinner.” That’s not correct, and it won’t work.
- Drink at least 10 glasses of water during the day
By drinking at least 10 glasses of water today (starting as soon as you wake up), you will thoroughly and hydrate your body. That’s a good thing. Do it. This is another way to reduce sugar cravings because those in the know realize that often when your body appears to crave sugar, it’s because you are dehydrated.
- Limit Sugar Intake
Remember sugary foods tend to make you crave more sugary foods. Don’t fall victim to the sugar binge that calls you back into the kitchen just about the time you’ve forgotten your promise never to eat again.
- Make a turkey and vegetable soup with the leftovers
So how did you do? You most likely have leftovers. Now what? By using the leftover turkey and vegetables, you can make an excellent soup to nourish you. Soup gives your digestive system a break the next day. Just use a nice broth and add the turkey and veggies. Make some natural corn muffins, and you’ve got a treat for everyone in your home.
Remember, this season it’s about everyone enjoying the holidays, including yourself. Have a perfect time and build some unforgettable memories.