Turkey Day Tips

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Take these steps to avoid the feeding frenzy…

  1. – Don’t skip breakfast. Follow your regular eating pattern (every 3 hours; meal; snack) so you are not overly hungry when the holiday meal is served.
  2. – Have a low-fat snack before leaving for your holiday meal. (full-fat Greek yogurt; low-fat cottage cheese; piece of fruit; small salad).
  3. – Spray pans with non-stick cooking spray instead of using butters or oils.  When baking, replace half or all the butter or oil with equal amount of unsweetened applesauce.
  4. – Substitute two egg whites for each egg.
  5. – Prepare food with low-fat cheese.
  6. – Instead of heavy cream, use evaporated skim milk.
  7. – For pie crust, try crushed graham crackers.
  8. – If your stuffing calls for butter, eliminate it and use chicken broth.
  9. – Use fat-free broth to baste the turkey.
  10. – Before piling food on your plate, look at the food choices…don’t waste your calories on foods you can have every other day of the year.
  11. – Have tastes of your favorite holiday foods. No need to binge.
  12. – If you are having alcohol, follow every drink with water.

Above all, remember: THANKSGIVING IS A HOLIDAY NOT A HOLIWEEK! Actually, it is just a MEAL… when it’s done; get right back to your healthy lifestyle of eating smart and moving more but at the end of the day, enjoy Turkey Day and start fresh Friday!

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