Tricks to Having a Healthier Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. And why you ask? FOOD. Because it is a holiday about food!!! And of course being thankful. We have so much to be thankful, even in moments where we feel lost or confused, it is so important to remember that despite our circumstances life can still be beautiful.
As I have gotten older it is my goal to eat healthier on a regular basis, holidays included. Holidays are hard because unhealthy temptations are more abundant. However, planning ahead for big holidays or parties will allow you to enjoy them and not stress out about the abundance of treats!
First, let’s talk about things non-food related that will help you have a healthier day!
- Get in a workout! The Turkey Trot is one of my favorite races and so fun to do with friends or family the morning of Thanksgiving. If this does not appeal to you, get together a game of family football or just go on a long walk. But whatever you do try and start your day off with some sort of activity.
- Eat breakfast and your ACV. We all know you want to save room for all of the amazing thanksgiving food but still start your day like any other. That includes a healthy breakfast and a simple apple cider vinegar drink in the morning. This just starts your metabolism and also helps you make smarter decisions come lunch or dinner time because you won't be starving.
- Try and be portion conscious. Let yourself have some of that sweet potato casserole and stuffing, but maybe try and not let it take up the whole plate. Everything can be enjoyed within moderation and restricting yourself even if you really want it is not worth it on a holiday surrounded by loved ones.
- Drink lots of water. This is important every day but especially important on a day where we are consuming a higher quantity of salt and fatty foods. This will help keep us regulated and also keep us fuller, again resulting in smarter decisions overall.
- Try not to stand around in the kitchen. This is important for me because I am a snacker through and through. So you get me standing by a bowl of chips or a cheese and cracker tray and its game over. So if you are not cooking in the kitchen try and stay out. Mindless eating because it’s there makes you fill up on things without even really enjoying them.
I have listed some yummy recipes below to inspire you if you are looking to bring a healthy dish to your next thanksgiving feast or party! Enjoy!