Aww yeah, people. The big day is almost here! Before you know it, you'll be crowded around the table, chowing down on turkey and mashed 'taters while watching football. I, for one, can't wait.
As most of you know, it's pretty much impossible to get through Thanksgiving without suffering from that fabulous bloated feeling by the end of the day. In addition to going the sugar-free route, here are a few tips to help you healthily navigate Thanksgiving Day while still enjoying time with friends and family:
* Don't show up hungry. Take time to eat a light, healthy snack before hitting the spread.
* When fixing your plate, make sure the bulk of it is fruits and veggies, such as salad, green beans, potatoes, carrots, squash or cranberries. That way you can fill up your belly faster with healthier items.
* Eating smaller portions is key. Yes, you can indulge in some cheesy mashed potatoes. But don't pile a mountain of it on your plate, along with moats of gravy.
* If you're eating dinner at a friend or relative's house, bring some low-calorie snack options such as a fruit salad or raw veggies and hummus.
* Avoid adding lots of butter, salt, gravy and fatty dressings.
* Try not to get seconds until a few hours after you've eaten the first plate.
* Always eat dessert last.
* Eat lots of cranberries. They're loaded with antioxidants.
* For a less-fattening stuffing, use a low-salt broth base along with whole wheat bread. Also go easy on the butter and oil while adding more celery, onion, nuts and fruit.
* For healthier mashed potatoes, use skim milk and fat-free sour cream.
* Drink lots of water. It will help fill you up.
* Drink alcohol in moderation.
* Take a walk after supper or round up a game of touch football in the afternoon.
Most of all, have fun and be thankful for all the fabulous things in your life.
Here are a few more low-cal, sucralose-sweetened recipes to add to the Thanksgiving menu. I'll be back later this week with more recipes.
Candied Sweet Potato Casserole