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Healthy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, full of family, friends, and food. Lots and lots of food. For someone who wants to stay fit and healthy, being surround by food can be overwhelming. You love the holidays, but fear gaining weight. The average person gains 1-2 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Below are some tips to eating a healthy meal and not overeating during the holidays.

Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean you should over indulge with unhealthy foods. A good tip to not overeating is portioning your food. Choose the healthier foods and only give yourself a certain amount so you don’t overeat. Give yourself a cupful for a side dish instead of a plateful. A good way to not overeat is to grab a colorful, smaller plate and put as much food as you can on that plate. That tricks your brain into thinking that you are eating more because your plate is full, but you’re eating less due to the small portion on your small plate. The color contrast between your plate and your food also helps with not overeating because the color difference alters your perception and makes you think your food fills more of the plate. A good way to eating the perfect amount is by tricking your brain into thinking you are eating more, when you are actually eating less.

During the holidays, it is always good to maintain a healthy diet. A healthy diet contains carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, in the right quantities.



A lot of people love to eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Turkey is a lean protein and the calories won’t get out of hand if you choose a flavorful baked recipe. Try an herb-roasted turkey breast to get the right amount of healthy protein.



Have a small bowlful of a nice, healthy shaved vegetable salad that contains basil leaves, red cabbage, watermelon radish, carrots, candy cane beets, watercress, goat cheese, pepitas, chives extra-virgin olive oil, honey, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and vinaigrette to fulfill the right amount of vitamins and minerals.



For carbohydrates, have a cupful of herb and apple stuffing that contains bread crumbs, butter, yellow onion, celery, Granny Smith apples, parsley, rosemary leaves, salt and pepper, chicken stock, and almonds (optional). Recipe

Always save room for dessert which can count towards the fat, fiber, and sugar your body needs. Have a small slice of your favorite pie to satisfy your needs. A perfect sweet to end your meal. Stay healthy this Thanksgiving and enjoy your time with family and friends.

Recipes can be found on the Food Network.


Nicole Tyner



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