A Dietician Shares Tips For A Healthier Thanksgiving

A dietician shared her tips for how to have a healthier Thanksgiving without really sacrificing as much as you’d think, and it’s sort of motivating me!

By DAVID on November 6, 2018
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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, whether you’re ready or not. With Thanksgiving comes lots of food, some more filling than others. And then when the food is done, there’s dessert. Then when that’s done, there’s leftovers. And leftovers, and soup, and leftovers…

A dietician has shared some pretty awesome tips for how to have a healthier Thanksgiving. You can still have all the foods, but the key is what to have maybe less of, what to avoid, and what to do afterwards. Some tips include foods, others include workouts, and another includes exactly what to do with the leftovers (send them with family). Monica Auslander Moreno is the dietician, and she’s laid everything out pretty simply.

She says that many fitness classes actually are open on Thanksgiving morning. You can get into a morning class before all the chaos starts with family coming over. That’s pretty cool, I never even considered that before. Also after dinner, you can take a family walk around the neighborhood. Get everyone involved. Another tip involves preparing food. Monica says you can get “creative” with old recipes. Stuffing for example (or dressing as many of us call it) can be made with yogurt or cashews instead of bread crumbs. ALso, you can roll protein powder into pie crusts, and this opens up a whole new world of possibility.

For drinks around the holidays, limit yourself to two, she says. Turkey has two legs, so have two drinks, as a way to remember. Then switch to sparkling water or tea. Also, the same applies to sweets and desserts. There are a lot of desserts at holiday dinners – so just pick one or two to have, not samples from each one.

What about snacking? Monica says you should eat before going to dinner. Snacking on all the appetizers is something we all do, but she says to bring a snack that’s high in protein. That way you can have the snack if dinner starts later. This also helps keep you full so you’re not snacking on appetizers all day. There are some more details and tips on all these things available over here. Do you have any tips you’d like to share in addition to these?

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