Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and soon there will be casseroles, desserts, snacks around all the time. With family members and friends walking in with your favorite pies and side dishes, it is easy to see how we can overeat during the holiday season. There are a few easy ways to take care of yourself during Thanksgiving while still enjoying the wonderful food and festivities.
As you write out your grocery list and meal plan for your upcoming Thanksgiving feast, keep in mind a few ways to reduce the amount of sugar and salt in your dishes. Look for a sugar-free dessert recipe. Consider side dishes with high nutritional value such as a dark leafy green salad or brussel sprouts. Do you love cranberries during the holidays? Consider placing fresh cranberries in a food processor with an orange. This creates a refreshing, healthy side dish.
After the meal, be mindful of how long food has been sitting out before you begin to package it up for the refrigerator. If some of the food has been sitting out for too long, you may need to discard it.
When it comes to the glasses of wine and cocktails, drink alcohol in moderation. Be sure to drink plenty of water.
Get outside, and go for a walk. Invite the family to get up off the couch and join you for a stroll around the neighborhood. Kicking off the day with a workout or a walk is a great way for your body to burn calories before indulging in the wonderful feast.