Thanksgiving is time for the 4 F’s, Family, friends, football and food. Food consumption on Thanksgiving is huge, so what can you do to ensure you have a healthy Thanksgiving, and not destroy your diet and waistline?
Average Food Intake
Diet professionals estimate that the average Thanksgiving meal contains roughly 4500 calories, which is about 2500 calories more than health experts recommend for your daily calorie intake. Follow these steps to ensure you have a healthy Thanksgiving and so that you can go shopping on Black Friday and not have to hit the gym.
When Snacking Eat Veggies
Eating on Thanksgiving is a full day affair, from breakfast all the way to bed time. When you snack make sure you choose a healthy option. Leave the cakes and sweets alone and go for fruit or vegetables. Use a low fat or fat free dip for your veggies and fruit too.
Go Easy On the Turkey
Believe it or not, Turkey is quite high in calories. According to food nutritionists, 6oz of Turkey can contain as manyas 450 calories, that’s not including dressing, stuffing or gravy. Try not to eat too much Gobble Gobble, or you may start to Wobble Wobble
Goodness Gracious Gravy
I have to admit, gravy is amazing on turkey but, be careful. Gravy is high in calories and in fat. Covering your food in gravy can easily add 300 calories to your plate. Try to cut back on the amount of gravy you use, or make a gravy that is low in calories and fat by using a low fat broth
Cut Back On the Pie
Thanksgiving, would not be Thanksgiving without a warm slice of Pie, such as Pecan Pie, which just happens to be my favorite. You can still have a slice of pie, but try to limit how much you eat. You do not have to sample each and every pie available. Pie and Ice cream can set you back as many as 600 calories. Get one slice of your favorite and enjoy it. Try not to add ice cream to it, instead have some fresh fruit alongside it.
Sold Out On Soda
Soda is a calorie monster, not just at Thanksgiving but during any time of the year. People tend to drink more soda in a party environment, it is easy to drink can after can of the fizzy drink. Each can contains as many as 200 calories. If you drink soda try to go with diet soda so you can limit your caloric intake or better yet stick to water.
I hope this short guide, helps you watch your calorie intake this Thanksgiving. You can still enjoy yourself this year without destroying your diet. Happy Thanksgiving.