No one wants to “diet” on Thanksgiving but it’s no fun feeling stuffed and uncomfortable either! The Calorie Control Council estimates that the average American consumes approximately 4500 calories in their Thanksgiving meal, appetizers and drinks. Others claim it’s closer to 3000 but either way, make it a day of controlled favorites!
This meal has about 600 calories and shows a great portion control tip; don’t let the different dishes touch when you make your plate! Add a 1/2 c mashed potatoes with gravy (150 cals) , cranberry sauce (100 cals) , and a piece of pumpkin pie (320) for a total of approximately 1170 cals.
- Start your day with activity or exercise. Go for a walk or clean the house. If your gym is closed, find a workout on youtube. (Thanksgiving Day is one of the busiest days at my Jazzercise Center!)
- Eat a healthy breakfast that includes protein. Research shows that saving your calories for the main meal can result in eating even more. And if there’s appetizers, you’re likely to fill up on those and then still eat the meal.
- Have slimming snacks on hand that include protein and fiber: almonds, greek yogurt, veggies, and low fat string cheese.
- Chew gum or drink water/tea when cooking.
- Drink a glass of water before the meal and between alcoholic beverages.
- Substitute or reduce high fat ingredients. Use Campbell Healthy Request Creamed soups and cut the soup cals in half! Use less butter and fat; sub yogurt instead of sour cream. No one will even notice. Flavor mashed potatoes with seasonings instead of cheeses.
For more tips and healthy recipes check out http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/meal-ideas/thanksgiving-dinner-6-easy-ways-cut-calories
Wishing you a Happy and Healthier Thanksgiving!