Not that I'm watching the clock or anything, but it's almost time for the holiday weekend. Woooot! I'll be hitting the road in a few short hours and heading down to Florida, where I'll spend Thanksgiving with my boyfriend and his family before heading to a friend's wedding in Naples, Florida, on Saturday. I'm looking forward to a fabulous weekend filled with food, football, sun and good friends. Speaking of turkey, according to research from the Calorie Control Council, the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat between snacking and eating a traditional holiday dinner with turkey and all the trimmings. That's the equivalent of more than 2 1/4 times the average daily calorie intake and almost 3 1/2 times the fat. Yeah, yeah...I know what you're thinking...If the holiday menu is so packed with fat, why even bother trying to eat healthy? My response is, by reducing the amount of fat and calories in your snacking and main holiday meals, you can help prevent the 5 to 10 pounds of weight the average person gains between Thanksgiving and New Years.
Here are a few "Low-Fat Holiday" tips from the American Heart Association:
* Eat lower-fat and reduced-calorie foods for days in advance of the holiday feast, and for days after.
* Prepare for handling your worst temptations; if you want both pecan and pumpkin pie, take a tiny slice of each, instead of an average serving.
* If cooking, provide low-fat foods, or ask if you can bring a low-fat dish.
* After the meal, start a tradition -- a holiday walk, for instance.
* You can also reduce the calories in a meal by using lower-calorie products. Try using a low calorie sweetener in your tea or coffee or a casserole that requires sweetness.
And here are a few sucralose-sweetened holiday recipes, courtesy of Splenda.com, to help cut those calories.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Chocolate Pecan Pie
And because I'm super awesome, here is a fabulous video that will certainly leave you feeling thankful you watched it. See how I tied the Thanksgiving theme into it? Either way, Muppets + Bohemian Rhapsody = Epic Win.
Safe travels and have a great Thanksgiving!