Thanksgiving dinner is something most of us look forward to, but can be a challenge for someone on a strict diet, or anyone trying to lose weight over the holidays. This article offers ways to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner while staying healthy.
Apples and bananas might not seem to fit in with your idea of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but fruit can be a healthy snack to have around your house while your guests wait for dinner. You might have some hungry guests who have traveled long distances to be with you for the holiday. Don’t force them to wait until dinner is ready, or offer them month-old Halloween candy; instead, let them have a healthy snack while they wait.
Eat More Turkey
For families who eat ham or chicken on Thanksgiving, keep in mind that turkey is the healthier choice. Since turkey is the highlight of most traditional Thanksgiving dinners, it could easily be the main attraction at your table. Some families choose have more than one choice of meat, and that’s perfectly acceptable. Many families will buy a Thanksgiving ham to go along with their turkey. If you usually buy ham, you could substitute your traditional Thanksgiving ham with Jennie-O’s turkey ham, a turkey substitute for less-nutritional ham products. It will keep the ham-eaters in your family happy, and will be a healthier choice.
Remember the Vegetables
After the turkey is on your plate, you’re going to want a few side dishes. You might have the choice of deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, etc., but don’t forget about the vegetables. A vegetarian lifestyle is arguably one of the healthiest ways to live. Admittedly, I’m not a vegetarian, but I make sure to have vegetables every day due to their beneficial nutrition. Remember to have a variety of vegetables available for your more health-conscious guests. If you know that one (or more) of your guests are vegetarian, you can find vegetarian recipes online that anyone can enjoy.
Go to Health Magazine‘s website to get recipes for ten heart-healthy desserts. These desserts will keep your guests happy and healthy by cutting back on saturated fat. You can get recipes for strawberry shortcake, angel food cake, parfaits, banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and other delicious desserts that could become a traditional treat for Thanksgiving at your house.
Enjoy your meal. Enjoy your family. Happy Thanksgiving!