Thanksgiving is the holiday for giving thanks for what we have, spending time with friends and family. But it’s also the holiday often associated with excessive amounts of food! Everyone knows that a Thanksgiving meal is often laden with sugary and carb-loaded goodies and many overindulge and consume more in this one meal than they normally do in a whole day. But have you ever noticed how you feel after this extravagant meal? Most feel groggy and tired and maybe so full you feel sick. Yes, it’s fine to splurge on holiday foods, but making a few healthy changes to your Thanksgiving routine could mean you’ll feel better and more Thankful in the end!
Here are some helpful healthy Thanksgiving Day tips!
Eat breakfast: Breakfast is often called the “most important meal of the day.” This is especially true on Thanksgiving! It may seem counterproductive to eat a hearty breakfast before a large Thanksgiving feast, but eating something in the morning can help you keep portions smaller at the big meal. Breakfast will also keep you energized enough to get kitchen task done and entertain your guests. Try having some scrambled eggs, a small omelet with veggies, or fruit with greek yogurt. The protein will keep you full all morning and keep you from feeling ravenous once dinner is served.
Get off the couch: No you don’t have to work off every morsel you eat! But keeping in mind that the typical Thanksgiving meal weighs in at about 3,000 calories you may want to incorporate some physical activity to your day to avoid weight gain. Even just a short 10 minute walk before and after the meal not only wards of winter pounds but boosts your energy and confidence levels!
Try some healthy alternatives: We all have our favorite traditional holiday dishes that we are reluctant to change. You don’t have to change all your dishes to healthier alternatives, but try substituting healthier options in a few side dishes. Maybe have mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes this year. Or try making your own mushroom cream soup for the green bean casserole instead of the processed canned soup version.
Here at Family First, we always strive to help you be the BEST you you can be, but also have fun doing it. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and we hope that you remember everything you have to be thankful for this holiday season!
When carving pumpkins as a child, my family and I would always scoop out the pumpkin seeds and roast them in the oven until they were nice and crispy. Such a fun, easy snack to make with your own kids now. How do you enjoy your pumpkin seeds or do you make a soup with the leftover pumpkin?
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Check out this delicious recipe for Gluten Free Apple Muffins.
Have these ready for your kids before school one day and watch them devour the goodness.
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It’s lunchtime at the office and you’re hungry. Your morning has been stressful, and your co-workers are pooling their money for some fried take-out from the local burger joint. You decline their invitation (even though comfort food sounds particularly comforting right now), and instead sit down with the healthy lunch you brought from home, complete with whole grains, lean proteins, raw vegetables, and lots of water. You know you have an afternoon full of meetings, phone calls, and errands, and the fiber and vitamins will carry you through your to-do list valiantly. Congratulations, you made a responsible adult decision, which will benefit your energy levels and probably your long-term health. Do you think you would have made the same decision in the lunch line in grade school?
Kids in school face complicated lunchtime decisions on a daily basis. What a child eats for lunch at school not only influences their energy levels in math class but also sets the stage for adult eating habits. Too many wrong decisions can be a recipe for a nutritional disaster.
Although school lunch has gotten a bad rap in the past for being too high in fat and too low in nutrient-rich fruits and veggies, school lunch standards have been making steady improvements over the past few years. Thanks to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, led by first lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, lunch is looking better than ever.
Even before the recent regulations, schools all over the country were voluntarily implementing healthy changes for years, such as incorporating local and organic produce, growing on-site vegetable gardens, and banning fast food and vending machines.
Speaking of home, that’s where nutrition really starts. Here’s what you can do to help your child choose a healthy lunch when they’re buying:
1 ⁄4 cup fresh cilantro, stems removed, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon roasted red bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 ⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 boneless chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
1 avocado, chopped into small cubes
Sea salt and ground pepper
4 large pieces of romaine lettuce for wraps (optional)
Combine all ingredients except avocado and lettuce in medium bowl and mix well.
Gently fold in avocado and serve as a salad or wrap in lettuce leaves.