Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thanksgiving Tips

Happy Wednesday!

Which also means it exactly one week away from Thanksgiving prep day!

The day before Thanksgiving, I get as much done as I can without actually baking/cooking so on Thanksgiving I don’t have to stress about much and can bake away! Cutting, prepping, mixing etc. 

Thanksgiving is a great time to be with family and reflect on all of our blessings in our lives.

It also is mostly centered around food and leaving with a overly full, bloated, uncomfortable belly.

And you know what? That is okay, sometimes. But I do have some tips to help so its not SO completely uncomfortable afterward.

Thanksgiving tips to stick to!

1. Eat Breakfast, and a small lunch. Depending on what time you are starting your thanksgiving feast. My point here is don’t starve yourself until you sit down to the turkey! Have a healthy breakfast and lunch before you go. Starving yourself will just lead to you eating even more calories overall then if you would of just had a healthy balanced meal.

2. Pack on the protein, then the veggies! Leave grandmas buttery mashed potatoes for last. This will help you get more of the good stuff without completely restricting it. You only get the good stuff once a year right?

3. Use a smaller plate- Go for the kid size! This may backfire and you just go back for 3rds and 4ths instead of just 2nds but it could work, if you easily get caught up in conversation and just have enough time to gobble up what you had on your kid size plate.

4. Get active! Plan on a workout sometime in the day. There are several “Turkey Trots” going on and you could find one local. Some gyms do a special “Turkey workout” in fact all 3 gyms I workout at are planning on one so scope out your local gyms for something fun! Even a friendly family football game post turkey eating will get you up and movin’!

5. Bring a healthy dish! You know what… sometimes I get absolutely RAILED for bringing a “healthy” option to share. Someone always will comment on it, make fun or whatever. But the funny thing is, is that the healthier options are the first ones gone! ---Imagine that?

Here are a few favorites from last year!

Cranberry Biscuits


Homemade Cranberry Sauce


Simple Sweet Potatoes!




Pumpkin Pie- Packed with protein!

Last and foremost. Just enjoy yourself, enjoy being with those you love and don’t ever regret it.

Question of the Day:

What is your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal?

Got a recipe you want to share? --- Place a link in the comments!