Make Healthier Holiday Meal Choices This Year

When most people contemplate the holidays, staying healthy isn’t their goal. Nonetheless, it’s possible to enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving and Christmas without sacrificing any of the fun or flavor. From making lower fat alternatives to using good portion control practices, it’s possible to have a healthy Thanksgiving (and eat some stuffing too).

Don’t Reject the Idea of a Healthy Thanksgiving

A healthy Thanksgiving and Christmas doesn’t mean that you have to forego all of the fun and indulgence. It really just means that you partake mindfully and maybe start a new, healthy Thanksgiving tradition. Even switching out a few dishes or traditions can go a long way toward enjoying a healthy holiday.

Holiday Restaurant Dining

More restaurants are open for the holidays to offer diners an alternative to cooking. Fortunately, some of these eateries have a portion of their menus devoted to healthy Thanksgiving choices. Focus on white meat turkey, plain vegetables and green salads. Traditional sides like sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and stuffing can be eaten, but stay mindful of your portion sizes.

Staying the Course at Home

If you’re trying out some healthy holiday¬†practices, you can start by hiding sugary snacks out of sight. Switch a cookie jar for a bowl of fruit or give your neighbor the pie that your cousin sent you. However, don’t cut out all indulgences, that will only leave you to cave-in and over-eat when the big meal comes (if that happens it’s not the end of the world, you haven’t undone your hard prep). Get your family out for a walk after your meal too. It’s been warm throughout a good portion on the U.S. during this time of year so take advantage!

Your final take-away — portion control is key. Before you load up your plate at the buffet, review all of your options before you pile a mountain of potatoes on your plate.

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