Food prepared for Thanksgiving

Let me make one thing clear: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. We all get the day off, dress up, come together with our family, and eat like crazy. The food is delicious, but we can still enjoy it without eating 3,000 calories. Here are some healthy tips I’ve come up with over the past few holidays so we can avoid looking like we belong in the parade with an army of people guiding us through the streets of New York:

one normal sized white plate

1. One plate: One plate to rule them all, and don’t cheat by getting a platter. I get one normal sized plate and fill it with everything I’m going to eat for the meal, main dishes, sides, and dessert. Yes, and dessert (get one of those divided plates if you want things separate, but keep them all on one plate). I’m not going to lie, my plate is usually piled pretty high, but in the end it’s still less food than I would’ve eaten if I had made two or three (…or even four) trips.

bottle of water

2. No drinking: I know it’s a holiday, but the focal point of this one is the food. Save the drinking for New Years’ and stick to water, diet soda, tea, and coffee in order to avoid drinking unnecessary calories. Throughout the course of the entire day, cutting out alcohol can save you hundreds of calories.

hands counting down from 3 to 1

3. 3-2-1 Rule: This one’s easy to remember. I pick three sides, take two pieces of meat, and one item for dessert. Because of Rule #1, there can’t be any gigantic portions either, unless of course you feel like sculpting your mashed potatoes into a tower. 

Together we can do this; we can enjoy ourselves throughout the holidays and not balloon to the size of Santa by the time Christmas rolls around (if you’ll pardon the pun). To the holidays!

 

 

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