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Thanksgiving Tips – A Healthier Holiday

By November 23, 2015July 17th, 2018Health Care News

On average, people consume between 3,000 – 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving.

Here are some tips to a healthier holiday:

Enjoy your favorite dishes, but watch your portions!

  • Don’t skip meals earlier in the day. By starting with a healthy breakfast including protein and fiber, you will be less likely to overeat at dinner.
  • Use a smaller plate to encourage proper portion sizes.
  • Add vegetables or a salad to your plate first.  Filling up on these at the beginning of the meal will help you consume less calories.
  • Eat slowly and don’t go back for a second helping.

To reduce calories further, try the following substitutions:

  • Sweet Potatoes – bake sweet potatoes then use cinnamon and nutmeg for flavor instead of marshmallows.
  • Green Beans – steam fresh green beans instead of making a casserole.
  • Turkey – choose white meat without the skin (saves about 190 calories).
  • Pie – choose a small slice of pumpkin pie over pecan pie.

Exercise as a family.  After the meal, take a walk together instead of napping by the TV.