Thanksgiving is a time for togetherness and gratitude. As a registered dietitian, I’m thrilled to share tips that’ll make your Thanksgiving both delicious and nutritious. My clients have asked me questions about food and Thanksgiving. They’re anxious and uncertain about what to eat. I want to reassure you that you can enjoy the holiday without compromising on your well-being. Read on for a feast of balanced choices and mindful indulgence!
5 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving
- Mindful Portions: Enjoy your favorite dishes (mac n cheese for me) in appropriate portion sizes. Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables (collard greens, cabbage, carrots, squash), a quarter of your plate with carbohydrates (mashed potatoes, dressing or stuffing, mac n cheese, rolls), and the other quarter of your plate with protein (turkey, chicken, tofu, ham). Savor the flavors without overindulging.
- Move Something: Incorporate physical activity into your Thanksgiving traditions like a family walk after the meal. It not only aids digestion but also promotes a sense of well-being.
- Focus on Family: The Thanksgiving meal is important but so is family. Show love, kindness, support, and respect for each other.
- Balance Meals: Include a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and heart-healthy fats in your Thanksgiving meal for a delicious and nutritious feast.
- Stay Hydrated: Quench your thirst and support your digestion and health with water. Add fruit like lemon, lime, cucumber, or berries.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?