Don’t Supersize This Holiday Season!
Here comes the holiday season! For many of us, it starts with Thanksgiving and carries on through the New Year. It includes special and traditional foods that are different than what we typically include in our regular meal plans.
Holiday weight gain, not to mention heartburn, sluggishness and other maladies associated with overindulgence in food and drink, can be avoided. On Thanksgiving Day, the average American adult likely eats between 2000 to 3500 calories at the Thanksgiving dinner ALONE. Most people typically consume between 1600 to 2400 calories in just a typical day!
So how can we ward off the dreaded holiday gain? But more importantly, how can we eat our favorite foods, not feel deprived and guilty, and still partake in the traditions that we hold so dear?
With a few tweaks to the traditional recipes, your holiday meal can actually be quite healthy. Allow yourself a taste of everything, watch your portion sizes and remember moderation is the key.
The following are some examples of how to “tweak” a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to “right-size” your intake instead of “super-sizing” it.
How to Save Calories on Your Thanksgiving Holiday Meal
|Menu Item BEFORE
Turkey, with skin, 6 oz.
Mashed potatoes, milk, butter, 1 cup
Stuffing, 1 cup
Gravy, ¼ cup
Green bean casserole, 2/3 cup
Cranberry orange relish, ½ cup
Sweet potatoes, candied, ¾ cup
Dinner roll, medium, 2 oz.
Butter, 1 Tbsp.
Lefse, 2 rounds, 1 Tbsp. butter, 1 Tbsp. sugar
Pumpkin pie, 1/8 of 9” pie
Whipped cream, ¼ cup
Wine, 7 oz.
|Menu Item AFTER
Turkey, breast w/out skin, 3 oz.
Mashed potatoes, milk, butter, ½ cup
Stuffing, ½ cup
Gravy, fat free, ¼ cup
Green beans, ½ cup
Cranberry sauce, sugar free, ½ cup
Sweet potato, baked, ½ cup
Dinner roll, small, 1 oz.
Butter, 1 tsp.
Lefse, 1 round, 1 tsp. butter, 1 tsp. sugar
Pumpkin pie, 1/16 of 9” pie
Light whipped topping, ¼ cup
Wine, 3.5 oz.
Moderation and portion control really are the keys to healthy eating all through the year. May you have a safe, healthy and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!