There are tons of options to change up your Turkey Day menu, but that doesn’t always lighten the load of your Thanksgiving day/week. There’s often stress tied to eating, family drama, traveling and more! But it doesn’t have to be!
We’ve pulled together some tips on having a healthy and happy Thanksgiving! Check them out below:
- Plan your healthy menu ahead! As you saw from our previous post, this feasting holiday isn’t just limited to mashed potatoes and thick gravy anymore! There’s tons of amazing options that you can plan for to make your table colorful and tasty!
- Start the day with a healthy breakfast! Some people fast during the day of Thanksgiving to prepare for the big meal. We basically think that’s crazy. Of course if you don’t eat and nourish yourself for the whole day and your blood sugar dips, you’re going to get HANGRY (trust us), you’re going to want to eat everything and you’re feel gross later! Start the day as you would any day, with a healthy breakfast that will give you energy for the whole day and fill up some of your stomach so you don’t binge later.
- Take a few moments for yourself! We love this holiday for the all-encompassing family/friend gathering it is, but sometimes it gets a little overwhelming. You can stay mentally healthy and happy during the holiday by remembering to take a few moments by yourself. That may be in the morning with a nice quiet cup of coffee, a moment in the guest room centering on your breath or even after the big meal, closing your eyes to be grateful for the day. It’s OK to take a mini break!
- Get in a workout! YES, even on Thanksgiving! Or at least plan your workout week accordingly. Most weeks we workout around 5-7 days. Thanksgiving week is no different. Personally, we feel more useless the day after the big feasting so we’ll take that day off. If we can fit in a Turkey Trot fun run or quick workout early in the day, we will!
- Splurge on a local bird! If you’re able, try to purchase a local turkey. You can typically find stores that have free range, organic birds. These might be a bit more expensive, but the protein tends to be much better for you with less herbicides and added hormones PLUS your dollars go toward local farmers! Two great spots for local birds in Baltimore are Weber’s Farm and Albright’s Farm!
- Use a smaller plate! This is one of our favorite ways to keep our indulgences in check is portions. We’re not saying you need to eat one bite of pie – maybe just don’t take a slice half the size of the dish.
- Watch your libations & stay hydrated! Otherwise known as don’t drink too much! Toasting your family and friends is a great tradition, but don’t just drink all your calories (Save those for pie – Kate). On the other hand, make sure you’re drinking lots of water and staying hydrated!
- Skip the butter when you can! Most dishes that require butter can have a healthier alternative. When roasting veggies, use non-stick spray or sunflower oil. When topping your mashed potatoes, try just using salt and pepper. When baking a pie…well, sometimes you just need butter. 😉
- End the day with a nice walk! Most of the time, these holidays are spent with family and friends. Walking is the perfect activity to end your special day. Enjoy the colors of the fall trees and company!
Here is a little cheat sheet to take with you!