I can clearly remember last years Thanksgiving— I was stuffed, ate everything, and went a little too crazy. It’s a holiday so it is okay to indulge every now and then, don’t get me wrong!! This year though, I wanted to be smarted while sitting around the dinner table with friends, family, and all of that food! With Thanksgiving being a week away…crazy right? Here are some tips to get your brain thinking about having a fabulous, healthy Thanksgiving:
Portion size: Cut your portions in half. Instead of taking one huge serving of everything, cut it in half or in fourths. If you are still hungry, go back and get some more!
Use a smaller plate: There is a difference between filling up a big plate, and filling up a small plate. Smaller plates help trick the eye and stomach with how much you are eating! If you want more after eating, then like I said above, go back and get more.
Have that piece of cheesecake or pie: It is a holiday! You do not need to go crazy with desserts, but have a piece of that pumpkin pie!
Be in the kitchen: If you are in the kitchen, you know exactly what ingredients are in your dinner, and what is going to be served! You can help cook, and make the dishes healthier. Swap that butter for some olive oil!
Bring a side dish to dinner: As a vegetarian, I am surrounded by a family who eats meat. That being said, I have to bring some different dishes that do not have meat. In a few days, I am going to post some vegetarian recipes from Gardein that you may want to use! Plus, it will help the host out.
Have a colorful plate: Thanksgiving is such a beige holiday in terms of food…just think about it.. the turkey, mash potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, biscuits, stuffing, I could go on! Add some color to your plate. Some different ideas are: green beans with almonds, asparagus, broccoli, spinach salad with veggies, glazed carrots with cauliflower and broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and so much more! Add that spark of color to that sea of beige!
Talk and share: If you liked that recipe that a family member brought ask them what was in it!! You may be able to make it your own, make it for another holiday dinner, or make it at home for later 🙂
I hope you can find these tips useful and helpful! If you have any tips that you would like to share for a healthier Thanksgiving, leave them in the comments below! I would love to hear what they are.
Happy Sunday ~J
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