- Fill your Thanksgiving plate using the following ratio: half vegetables, one-quarter skinless turkey breast, and one-quarter starchy sides (stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, casseroles, yams, etc.).
- Pies should be cut into eight pieces – select your favorite and have ONE slice. Have two favorites? Serve yourself a 1/2 slice of each. If you can’t bypass topping with whipped cream or ice cream keep to around the size of a golf ball.
- Wine can pack on the calories on Thanksgiving Day. Each 5 oz glass is around 120 calories so be mindful when you fill up.
- Get Moving! Exercising before your big meal will help jump-start metabolism and maintain your personal commitment to your own health and wellness which will carry through the holiday and into the next day!
- Most towns have a local 5K walk/run (fondly referred to as a Turkey Trot) that you can sign up for with friends and family to burn off calories before your big meal. Bonus? Many of them donate funds to a good cause like the one we participate in each year which gives proceeds to Crohns and Colitis
- Weather too cold or rainy to get outdoors?
- Get in a workout at your gym and if you’re out of town research options ahead of time for drop in rates
For help preparing Thanksgiving recipes on the “lighter” side see some of EduPlated favorite RDN approved foods below:
- Shrimp cocktail: We opt for buying the pricier jumbo shrimp instead of the pre-packaged shrimp rings you’ll see in most supermarkets. In our opinion the jumbo shrimp look more elegant and are tastier so are worth the financial splurge! This is a great way for you and guests to fill up on a low calorie and high protein appetizer (we love to include cocktail sauce, fresh horseradish, and of course Old Bay!)
- Soups: If you live in a colder climate what better way to kick off the fall holiday than with a belly warming soup! Prepared soups can be kept in a crockpot for people to self serve as an appetizer. Try butternut squash or pumpkin soup recipes and check out one of our favorites: Creamy Carrot Ginger Soup
- Mashed Potatoes: We love these 2 takes on making a “healthier” mashed potato both from one of our favorite food blogs SkinnyTaste
- Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Potato Parsnip Mash
- Cauliflower Rice Stuffing: This cauliflower stuffing may not food lovers of the “real stuff, ” but it does a pretty close job! We served it last year, and it was a big winner!
- Vegetables: oven roasted vegetables with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper can make a delicious and healthy side dish! Our favorites include: Brussel sprouts, green beans, butternut squash, and root vegetable medley (carrots, parsnips, turnips, yams, beets)
- Pumpkin Pie: Trust this dairy-free grain-free crustless version made with cashew cream.
- Pecan Pie Tarts: Traditional pecan pie is one of our favorite pies and also one of the LEAST healthy. These phyllo tarts have just 70 calories each and still have the flavors from a traditional pie!
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