As Thanksgiving is just around the corner, there will no doubt be an excess of food since most of us associate it with a huge turkey, pumpkins, and a whole lot more. Let’s not forget an over indulgence in desserts topped with whipped cream (if gravy on turkey wasn’t already enough). However, with some healthy tips from Buddha’s Herbs, we promise that you will still be able to relish a scrumptious and wholesome Thanksgiving dinner with reasonable helpings and more suited to health dishes.
First off, eat a complete and wholehearted breakfast and lunch with in-between nibbles throughout the day. You will be more likely to overindulge if you don’t, and your body will have a harder time digesting.
Several recipes advise rubbing the bird with butter before roasting. If you roast a turkey without overcooking, it won’t dry out—there’s no need to rub it with butter beforehand. Skip it and avoid adding extra saturated fat. Try chopped fresh herbs and garlic mixed with a little heart-healthy olive oil instead.
Drink an adequate amount of water before and during your meal. Not only does your mind interpret dehydration as hunger, but water will also help your stomach stay full and keep you from overeating. In addition, you won’t be stuffing on any of the extra calories soft drinks and other beverages can enlarge to your meal.
It is advised to start the feast on a healthy and filling note. Instead of caloric dips and fatty appetizers, have low-calorie pre-dinner munchies available during food preparation and pre-dinner socializing.
Before you fill your plate, survey the table and decide what you’re going to choose. Then select reasonable-sized portions of foods you just cannot do without! Try and resist the lure to go back for second helpings.
Before reaching for turkey and potatoes, fill majority of of your plate with vegetables of all sorts. Healthy veggies will fill you up and keep you from indulging in unhealthy food.
Eating slowly and savoring each spoonful is one of the easiest ways to enjoy your meal and feel satisfied with one plate full of food, experts say. Choosing whole grains, fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, salads, and other foods with lots of water and fiber add to the feeling of fullness.
As soon as you grab a slice of turkey, trim off the skin. Though delightful, the skin is very high in fat, and certainly not the good kind. Toss the skin before you even start eating.
Try and go easy on the alcohol and don’t forget that it includes calories that can add up quickly. Having a glass of wine or wine spritzer in between a few drinks helps, as well as sparkling water. Maintaining hydration as well as staying sober is essential for one’s mind and body
With a lethal combo of cheese, sour cream, and butter, au gratin potatoes are a dish best eaten in moderation. Using low-fat cheese and cream helps, too.
You have to be choosy with coleslaw. This side dish varies from recipe to recipe. If you see it dripping with mayo, pass it up. Made with vinegar and herbs, it’s a diet-friendly option.
The canned variety of cranberry sauce can be packed with sugars and additives, but homemade versions made with fresh cranberries can be a healthy topping. Either way, it won’t ruin your diet.
By itself, spinach is one of the most nutritious veggies. Add in butter and cream, and you do more diet damage. If you’re looking for a low-cal swap, try using reduced-fat cream cheese instead of whipping cream.
Without the cream, butter, and cheese in green bean casserole, these veggies are an brilliant choice. Add some flavor with garlic, lemon juice, or a sprinkle of Parmesan. The base of this casserole contains vitamin-packed green beans but smothers them with cheese, cream, and butter. Cut 50 calories by leaving off the fried onion topping.
Limiting the sweets is of course always sensible! Aim for a teaspoon or two of cranberry sauce instead of drowning your turkey in it. This lip-smacking treat is high in sugar so you should eat it in moderation.
When it comes to dessert, you don’t have to escape it altogether. If you’ve eaten a healthy meal, you can pamper yourself to a slice of pie or small portion of ice cream. If you’re still longing for more, continue eating fruit to satisfy yourself in a healthier way.
And last but not the least: Once you’re done eating, leave the table. The entire dinner party should move to another room to chat and spend time together. Lurking around the table may tantalize you to chow on some leftovers!
We hope this has served you well in vigorous spirits. Time for a long and healthy holiday season this Thanksgiving.