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!
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.
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.
This delicious Pumpkin Soup recipe would be great to have on hand for your Thanksgiving festivities!
Make sure to click the link for the recipe!
Join us for Recipe Night! Come by the office, grab a healthy recipe, and make it to bring with you on October 25th! We will be sharing food and recipes with everyone and allowing everyone to try them! Call us at (910) 755-5483 to reserve your spot.
Our 2nd annual Smoothie Night is happening July 26th from 5:30-6:30pm! Come learn how to make healthy smoothies for all meals of the day! We will be having taste samples, take home easy recipes, and altogether a fun time!! Bring a friend and let’s whip up the best smoothies in town!
Drinking the requisite amount of water a day is easy to do in the summer. It’s when the weather starts getting cooler and we don’t experience as much thirst that we forget to drink as much water as our body really needs. When the weather is hot, most of us are eager to grab the nearest bottle of cold
water and glug it down rapidly. But in the winter, many of us can go all day without even thinking about drinking water. This is a highly unhealthy practice as the change in season makes very little difference in
diminishing the importance and requirement of water by the body. The reason for not feeling as thirsty in the winter is quite simple. Unlike in the summer, we don’t sweat a lot and hence don’t feel as thirsty that often in the winter. Thanks to the crisp weather, we tend to get hungry often in the winter and end up eating a lot of food. To aid and hasten the process of digestion, water is needed by the body. By not consuming the right amount of water, digestive problems like constipation and others can take place. Furthermore, water is also needed to keep the skin supple, soft and moisturized during the dry winter months. The fact is, that maintaining hydration is vital for the proper functioning of the body, irrespective of season.
We all know the fad diets that help us shed the extra pounds but when the circumstances in our lives change we tend to go back to our same habits that got us there before our diet started. Here are some tips to incorporate into your daily routine that will help you lose weight and keep it off.
1. Don’t view foods as “good” or “bad.”
2. Move with purpose.
3. Find ways to manage your time effectively.
4. Tune into your body.
5. Surround yourself with like-minded people.
6. Treat yourself with kindness.
7. Celebrate the small wins.