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We’ve compiled some great healthy Thanksgiving ideas and advice to share with you to help you celebrate this year and feel good doing it!

Tips for Nutrition and Mindful Eating

Emphasize Portion Control

One of the keys to a healthy Thanksgiving meal is portion control. Use smaller plates, so you are less likely to overindulge. Remember that Thanksgiving is a time for enjoying food and family, not feeling sick. Mindful eating and savoring each bite can help you to enjoy your meals without overeating.

Enjoy Turkey and Other Lean Proteins

The easy part! Turkey is a great source of lean protein, and is typically the centerpiece of a healthy Thanksgiving meal. So you should enjoy your turkey, because it’s full of protein.

Include Plenty of Vegetables

We suggest creating a colorful and nutritious Thanksgiving plate by filling it with a variety of vegetables. Roasted, steamed, or sautéed vegetables can add fiber, vitamins, and minerals to the meal. Incorporate vegetables like Brussels sprouts, green beans, and colorful peppers into their holiday spread.

Offer Whole Grains

Choose whole grains over refined ones. Whole grains, such as quinoa, brown rice, and whole-grain bread, can provide essential nutrients and fiber. Incorporating these grains into stuffing recipes and side dishes.

Rethink Traditional Dishes

Get creative with your Thanksgiving menu. You can make healthier versions of traditional dishes, such as sweet potato casserole with a lighter topping or cranberry sauce with less added sugar. Provide them with recipes that offer healthier alternatives.

Hydrate and Limit Alcohol

Remember to stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water. Dehydration can sometimes be mistaken for hunger, leading to overeating. If you choose to consume alcohol, do so in moderation, as it can contribute to excessive calorie intake.

Practice Mindful Eating

Practice mindful eating. Savor each bite, enjoy the company of loved ones, and put down your forks between bites. Eating slowly can help the body recognize fullness, preventing overindulgence.

 

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