With Thanksgiving’s big dinner quickly approaching, your mind is probably focused on the food. The holiday season is a time when most people gain at least one pound and unfortunately, tend to keep that extra weight post-holiday. However, you can avoid the gain by making healthy choices during holiday meals and incorporating exercise into your busy schedule.
Here are some quick tips on what to put on your Thanksgiving Day plate:
White Meat v. Dark Meat
Electing white meat over dark meat will save you calories and fat. However, if you really enjoy dark meat… skip the skin and you can save on calories and fat.
Green Bean Casserole v. Sweet Potato Casserole
This one is tricky. Green bean casserole providers a lower caloric value than sweet potato casserole. Sweet potatoes provide antioxidants and essential nutrients as long as they are not covered in marshmallows. Green bean casserole is the lighter choice!
Pumpkin Pie v. Pecan Pie
Go with pumpkin! Pumpkin is lower than pecan pie in calories (335 v. 450), fat (15g v. 21 g), and sugar (38 v. 70). Pecans offer healthy fats, but not enough to outweigh the affects of the unhealthy filing.
Check out our post Maintain: Don’t Gain through the Holiday Season for more helpful tips to stay healthy this holiday!