Thanksgiving: Unstuffed

Thanksgiving is almost here! Who’s excited!?!? ME ME ME ME! PICK ME! Good thing I have two different Thanksgiving dinners to attend (one at Mike’s sister’s on Thanksgiving day and one with my family Saturday). Just because the season of holiday overindulgence is in the midst does not mean you have to wave goodbye to your clean, healthy diet. You can have your pumpkin pie and eat it, too! Instead of planning your holiday attire around ensembles best suited for gluttony, consider these tips that will have your waistline (and stretchy pants) thanking you later. For your viewing pleasure, I have sprinkled in pictures of some of my recipes that would be perfect for Thanksgiving.

1. Don’t skip breakfast! Starving yourself will just lead to ravenous face-stuffing later on. Plus, no one likes a cranky host…not even your family, who claim to love you no matter what! Have a light meal in the morning and even squeeze in an afternoon snack if your dinner is planned for later.

2. Consider the ingredients. If you can, take charge of what you will be eating this Thanksgiving by substituting healthy ingredients when you see fit. Consider swapping avocado, greek yogurt, applesauce, etc. for butter in desserts and use fat-free or reduced versions of dairy products. I’m a huge fan of Stevia as a sweetener, if you’re looking to cut back sugar content. Another easy tip: try using both sugar and salt to taste instead of following the copious amount your recipe warrants. Play around with garlic, herbs and other spices to reduce sodium.

3. It’s not a race. Take your time and savor what each bite has to offer this Thanksgiving, enjoying your company along the way! That’s what this holiday is all about at the end of the day, is it not?

4. Make time for holiday exercise. Turkey Trot anyone? Although this year I can’t participate in my local race, I WILL squeeze in a morning jog before the feasting begins. Not a runner? Get a friendly touch football game going or take a stroll around the block to burn off the dessert cals!

5. Stick to one plate. Portion sizes can make or break a healthy Thanksgiving. Be mindful of how much you are piling up, not to mention how many helpings you take! Try picking a smaller sized plate and be conscious of when you’re full! Also, don’t let peer pressure get you down. Have the power to say “no” if something on the dinner menu doesn’t agree your healthy diet.

I wish you all a healthy holiday full of laughter, love and a ton of turkey!
What are you grateful for? 

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren 

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2 Comments to “Thanksgiving: Unstuffed”

  1. I am Thankful for your beautiful interesting blog

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