Strategies for Reducing the Thanksgiving Calories
In a few short weeks, we’ll be gathering around the table with family or friends to share a large meal that traditionally launches the start of a season of EATING! Let’s start off on the right foot with making some small tweaks to the preparation and eating of our Thanksgiving meal to make it healthier and less likely to make you have to loosen the belt a notch.
- Start Thanksgiving dinner with a green salad with a vinaigrette dressing; so you get in some healthy veggies immediately.
- Substitute riced cauliflower instead of regular rice (the relatives probably will never know the difference).
- Substitute fresh veggies for a casserole, such as fresh green beans instead of green bean casserole.
- Try roasted sweet potatoes instead of candied yams, or a potato au gratin instead of mashed potatoes.
- Eat white turkey meat with no skin; skip the dark as it has twice the fat.
- Use gravy sparingly, and try lightening it up by using a fat separator for the drippings.
- Bake whole wheat rolls instead of white.
- Switching to Greek Yogurt instead of sour cream in spinach dips or casseroles will save enough fat grams that you can have dessert.
- Speaking of dessert, pick two favorites and have a three bite serving of each one.
- Really want a whole piece of pie? Eat pumpkin instead of pecan (far less calories) and try skipping out on the crust altogether as that is where most the fat hides.
- Be wary of liquid calories. Stick with water to drink. If you really want that glass of wine, be mindful that a good-intentioned relative is not re-filling your glass every time you set it down.
- Instead of an after meal nap; try a family walk.
Want to learn more healthy substitutions and better ways to prepare your food? Try contacting an acac nutritionist or slimdown coordinator in your area.