Making the Right Thanksgiving Food Choices
Don’t “save” all your calories and carbs for the Thanksgiving meal – Be sure to start the day off with a good breakfast, and if your main meal is later in the day, eat a small snack or meal at midday, so that your blood sugar will remain more stable. Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals may make it harder to manage your blood sugars.
Choose raw fruits and vegetables or steamed versions – Consider steaming or roasting vegetables like green beans, while avoiding vegetables in creams, gravies and butter. And be sure they take up half your plate! Raw fruits and vegetables also make for healthy snack options prior to the big meal.
Limit the number of starches on your plate – Take a look at all the food that is offered before you take any. And be sure to limit items such as mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and stuffing to ¼ of your plate.
Stick to calorie-free drinks – Try to consume drinks such as water, tea, seltzer, or diet sodas. If you are going to have a glass or two of wine, do it with dinner, rather than starting earlier. You can also dilute white wine with seltzer water to make a wine spritzer.
Feel free to enjoy dessert (in moderation) – Have dessert with everyone else, but be sure to take a small portion, eat it slowly and enjoy the taste. Additionally, consider choosing pumpkin pie over pecan pie, or prepare a low sugar option to share.
Check out these great recipes recommended by the Moveable Feast Nutrition Team.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters – from SkynnyTaste.com
Roasted Brussels Sprouts– from CookingLight.com
Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing – from FoodandWine.com
Ways to Be Active on Thanksgiving
Do a Virtual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot – This year’s challenge is virtual, which means you can choose where and when you complete your walk, run, or trot. The event is for all fitness levels and is a great way for you and your family to get out and be active before your Thanksgiving Day meal! For more information or to register, click here.
Take the Family on a Hike or Walk – Fresh air right after a big meal will help everyone digest a big holiday meal more comfortably. So, bundle up and take the family on a scenic hike or just a walk around the neighborhood or nearby parks.
Play Some Two-Hand Touch – Instead of watching football, encourage everyone to go outside and throw around the pigskin. You could also play Frisbee, tag, volleyball or other team games.