We all know that Thanksgiving is really about nothing more than sharing a delicious meal with family and friends. Whatever your family traditions, for most of us, Thanksgiving dinner is a feast unlike any other. To be honest, it’s the one day each year where it’s ok to indulge a little without any judgement.
While we at Team Greensbury fully endorse enjoying Thanksgiving and everything that goes with it, we also realize that it is easy to get carried away. So we thought we’d share with you our top five tips for enjoying Thanksgiving while still keeping it healthy.
- Eat breakfast. Sure, some call it the most important meal of the day, but you also don’t want to go into Thanksgiving dinner on an empty stomach. Having at least one solid meal before Thanksgiving dinner will make it less likely you’ll over-eat;
- Use good ingredients and healthy recipes. Try to make as many dishes as possible from scratch and avoid pre-made or out of the box foods. Not only will you eliminate chemicals and preservatives, but home-made foods simply taste better. Not to mention, the satisfaction of having made it yourself!;
- Make time for movement. Frankly, it really doesn't matter whether you get out and exercise before or after the big meal. Some people like to do a Turkey-trot in the morning, others have a family touch football game, and some like to go for a walk after the meal. Whatever works for you, the most important thing is that you get outside and move around for 30-60 minutes;
- Portion control. For most people, Thanksgiving is the largest single meal of the year--at what other meals do you serve more than can fit on a single plate? This year, take smaller portions of everything and try to keep a little of that plate showing. If you must have seconds, then go back for the leaner foods like turkey and avoid seconds of the heavier sides. Besides, you have to save room for dessert!;
- Relax and enjoy. Regardless if you’re hosting or traveling, holidays can be stressful. Remember, your mental health is just as important as your physical health so be sure to take some mental breaks during the day. Try to focus on the spirit of the holiday--giving thanks--and worry less about making everything perfect. At the day’s end, no one will remember whether or not all the side dishes were served at the perfect temperature, but they will remember the time spent with loved ones.