Thanksgiving is an ideal time to dine with friends and family. But it's also associated with holiday weight gain. Much of that holiday weight gain is due to overeating, consuming nutrient shallow foods and beverages with empty calories, and practicing poor diet habits. Instead of binging on Thanksgiving desserts, have a plan in place. Here are some tips to get you eating healthy this Thanksgiving:
Eat on Time
Plan Out Your Meal
- Beets. These sweet and savory vegetables are an excellent source of essential nutrients, including iron and magnesium.
- Brussel sprouts. Brussel sprouts are a great source of protein and potassium and contain 2 grams of fiber per half cup.
- Butternut squash soup. Get Thanksgiving richness without overdoing dinner with this vitamin C-packed soup.
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes. Eat with confidence with this hearty vegetable that offers lower calories than casseroles and pies.
- White Turkey Meat. Indulge in a baked or roasted version of this lean protein.
Avoid These Foods
- Casseroles. Stay clear of green bean casseroles or sweet potato casseroles that include calorie-heavy cheese and heavy cream.
- Pies. A slice of pie can easily be loaded with calories. Pecan pie averages over 500 calories per slice.
- Stuffing. Stuffing is filled with empty carbs. Just one cup of stuffing can include 175 calories, and this is without adding in any meat. Include bacon bits or sausage, and this caloric intake jumps to 500 calories.
- Deep-fried turkey. Deep-fried anything can lead to deep trouble by adding tons of calories to your diet.
- Mashed potatoes. Avoid butter-smothered mashed potatoes, which can be loaded with empty calories.