Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be the beginning of a downward spiral holiday season filled with over indulgent cookies and cocktails. The Thanksgiving menu is usually stuffed with some of the healthiest ingredients, but are comprised by excessive fats. With just a few adjustments, you can manage to please a crowd at the dinner table, and save your (and your guests) waistbands from an increase. They’ll be especially thankful for you.
Sweet potatoes. Whether souffled or sliced, sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, meaning they will keep you feeling full while digesting a full holiday meal burning calories. Before making a sugary sweet side dish, consider a healthier option for your Thanksgiving guests this year. You’ll also find a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar in sweet potatoes, so you may even want to serve as an appetizer.
Cinnamon. When the temperatures drop we find ourselves sprinkling this spice on almost anything. With warm, earthy tones, cinnamon can make anything an instant comfort food. Also helping to regulate blood sugar, cinnamon can also slow digestion. Skip the sugar, and add extra cinnamon to your Thanksgiving recipes this year.
Pears. What we really love about fall is that many of our favorite recipes are made from fruits and veggies. Like apples, pears contain pectin, binding to water and limiting the amount of fat your body absorbs. Change up the dessert menu with a pear tart this year, or add a light glaze and serve as a side to your healthy sweet potatoes at dinner!
Turkey. Shed the skin and hold the gravy (ok, maybe just a little gravy), because turkey can be the secret to prevent you from going overboard on a holiday weekend. A lean protein, turkey will keep you full and take energy to digest for increased metabolism.
Dark chocolate. One of our favorite indulgences, dark chocolate as a health food isn’t new information, but it’s always good to remember. With ingredients to boost metabolism, satisfying your sweet tooth with a square of dark chocolate can come in handy if the wait for dinners becomes a littler longer than expected. Or bring a low cal dessert with dark chocolate so you know you won’t overdo it!
Need more help finding a balance between the holiday foods you love and fitting in your holiday outfits? Consult with one of our professional Personal Trainers to try a free session or X-LAB session. There’s also still time to register for Fit in 4; you’ll have the chance to lose the weight before the New Year!