5 Tips for Nutritious Healthy Holidays!
- Choose Lean Proteins: Opt for lean sources of protein, such as turkey breast without the skin. White meat is lower in saturated fat and calories compared to dark meat or processed meats like bacon or sausage. If you have vegetarian or vegan guests, consider plant-based protein options like lentils or tofu.
- Load Up on Veggies: Make vegetables a significant part of your Thanksgiving spread. Roast, steam, or grill a variety of colorful veggies to provide essential nutrients and fiber. Vegetable dishes can be just as delicious and satisfying as rich, calorie-laden dishes.
- Control Portion Sizes: Overeating can put extra strain on your body. Use smaller plates and practice portion control. Try to balance your plate with a mix of lean protein, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid going back for seconds immediately; wait for at least 20 minutes to see if you’re still hungry.
- Limit Salt and Processed Foods: Many Thanksgiving dishes are high in sodium, which can contribute to high blood pressure. When cooking, use herbs and spices to flavor your food instead of salt. Also, try to limit or avoid processed and canned foods, which often contain hidden sodium.
- Healthy Swaps for Traditional Recipes: Modify traditional recipes to make them nutrition-friendlier. For example, use whole wheat flour or almond flour instead of white flour in baking, substitute unsaturated fats (olive oil, avocado) for saturated fats, and use natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup in place of refined sugar. You can find many nutrition-friendly Thanksgiving recipes online.
Remember that moderation is key during the holidays, and it’s perfectly fine to enjoy some of your favorite treats in moderation. Staying active and hydrated can also help support your health during the Thanksgiving season.
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