5 Tips for Cutting Calories this Thanksgiving
- Exercise Thanksgiving morning. Thanksgiving morning is an opportunity to burn a few additional calories before the big celebration. Gather a few family members together for 30 minutes to 1 hour of activity on a walk or hike.
- Eat breakfast. Showing up to the Thanksgiving meal hungry can trigger over-eating and can wear on your resolve to make healthier choices. Select a breakfast with protein, fiber and a fruit or vegetable. Example: 2 pieces wheat toast, scrambled eggs and 1 cup fresh fruit.
- Choose 1 plate of food, 1 piece of dessert and 1 special beverage. Eating healthfully on Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods! You can use portion control to enjoy your favorite family dishes without overdoing it.
- Bring a tasty vegetable side dish to share. Load up on spinach salad with dried cranberries, roasted asparagus or parslied carrots. Non-starchy vegetables are low in calories and are safer to “overindulge” in than heavier sides like mashed potatoes.
- Drink water throughout the day. Staying hydrated can also prevent overeating. Often we mistake thirst for hunger. Add a slice of lemon, lime or a few fresh raspberries for a festive twist.
Information from Erin Koenigsfeld, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa Registered Dietitian Nutritionist