5 Tips for Cutting Calories this Thanksgiving

posted 11/25/2015 in News

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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