Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means food, fun and family festivities will be in full swing.
It’s great to take a break from our normal meal plan every now and again, however, it is important to plan ahead and make a few adjustments to the meal so that you don’t end up losing ground with your fitness goals. Here are a few of my favorite holiday meal tips.
1. Spend a few hours the night before to get everything layed out and in order so when you wake up, you can take time to get in some exercise. Plan a family game of flag football, a bike ride, or an early morning hike.
2. Eat a healthy breakfast. Skipping breakfast is the worst thing you can do. Instead stick with a low carb, protein packed meal such as fuel and a bowl of berries, or an omelet packed with veggies topped with sliced tomatoes
3. Go organic and grassfed with your meat, butter, and veggies. It makes a difference. Spend a little extra for the quality ingredients. Your body will THANK you.
4. Skip the heavy appetizers. Instead opt for endive leaves and a Greek yogurt based dip.
5. Focus on the vegetables and protein and their presentation with the meal. Make a beautiful platter of vegetables, grilled, steamed, or even sautéed. Think big and bold and load up your plate with those two first.
6. Down play the starchy carbs. If you must have rolls, make them mini! Try replacing mashed cauliflower in place of potatoes. If you do have potatoes, add the grassfed butter at the table instead of whipping it in.
7. Skip the sugar. Try substituting unsweetened applesauce on pureed prunes for half the sugar in your baking recipes. For most non-crusted recipes you can cut the sugar by half without significantly affecting the outcome.
8. Serve champagne, prossecco or sparkling wine instead of eggnog for less calories and slower sipping.
9. Embrace the conversation along with the food. Make a fun game by putting a question under everyone’s plate. Take turns answering the question to get everyone involved in the conversation.
10. Go for leftovers instead of seconds. It takes a while for your body register that it’s full. Wait at least 45 mins before going in for seconds. Chances are you won’t want them! Instead make a plate to warm up later or the next day. You’ll enjoy it more when you aren’t as full.