This Turkey Day, avoid those foods that
will leave you feeling just as overstuffed as the bird itself. Yep,
Thanksgiving is the day of feasting, (yum!) but by substituting a few
traditional sides you will end the meal feeling perfectly
satisfied—not bursting at the seams.
Go for the green stuff
Move over, stuffing. This year, we’re
packing our plate with steamed broccoli, sweet potatoes and green
bean casserole. Foods that center around veggies should take up the
largest portion of your plate. Yep, that stuffing is delish, but it’s
packed with refined flour and plenty of butter, stuff that’ll leave
you feeling super sluggish before the meal’s even over.
Although gravy is the perfect
complement to your mashed potatoes and turkey combo, laying off the
sauce and going for a sprinkling of salt and pepper will keep you
comfy. Can’t live without it? Go for just a tablespoon instead of a
Traditional pumpkin pie is made with
flavor boosters and a creamy topping that will topple just about
anyone after a big Thanksgiving meal. Rather than stuff yourself even
more with fake flavors, cut a sliver of pecan pie. The nuts will
provide some nutritional value for the day and leave you feeling just
Piling your plate
high with potatoes may seem like the healthy choice, but when made
with butter and cream, those puppies lose a lot of nutritional value.
Substitute Greek yogurt in place of heavy cream for a healthier (and
lighter!) fluffy white side.
BY ANA D’AMBROGI ON 11/16/2011 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN weight, healthy ways to lose weight, eating, healthy eating 101, how to cut out junk food, health, nutrition, holiday, thanksgiving, fall