Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and we are already feeling the buzz of the holiday season. Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving or are a guest, we are sharing some tips to help you get through the week and enjoy the holiday, all while still feeling good and staying on track with your health goals.
This year we have a new Thanksgiving Menu that is a part of your nutrition plan! We are so excited about this because Thanksgiving really is one of our favorite holidays, and it was our goal to re-create delicious foods that still tasted just as good, but were way healthier.
If you are not a member of the nutrition plan yet, don’t worry! Here are some tips to help you with your meals:
1. Think veggie sides.
Even if you are making some of your traditional sides, do not forget to make (or have guests bring), an array of veggie sides. Think potatoes, squash, roasted veggies (we love roasting with a little rosemary and pepper), salad, and even a veggie hash. You can also use the featured Sweet Potato Casserole recipe here that we cleaned up a bit! Veggies are a huge part of Thanksgiving, so take advantage to get creative and indulge in different ones.
2. What can you swap?
No matter what you are cooking, think about just one simple thing you could do to make a dish a little healthier. For example, on our sweet potato casserole recipe, instead of using marshmallows, we did a pecan topping with a little maple syrup. Another example would be using almond milk in your mashed sides or even a vegan butter for something lighter (we use Earthly Balance), or you can use nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor. Even if you are simply roasting some vegetables, rather than using a ton of oil, you could simply roast your veggies in water or vegetable broth.
3. What to put on your plate.
Your plate may consist of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and sides, but how much of each thing should you put on your plate? As a general rule of thumb, aim to fill half of your plate with veggie sides. Then split the other half of your plate between carbs and turkey. You can of course add on a couple tablespoons of cranberry sauce and gravy.
Thanksgiving Week Tips
1. Get in your normal meal prep.
Meal prep just like you would any other week so that you still have healthy meals (especially snacks) to grab.
2. Make what you can one to two days in advance.
We typically like to make our pies and cranberry sauce one to two days in advance because they last. If you start to prepare some dishes ahead of time, it will help to reduce stress on the day of.
3. Use your Thanksgiving menu!
We will be making all of the dishes from the Thanksgiving menu in your nutrition plan. You know why? Because not only are they clean, but most of our friends who have already tested the recipes did not notice the difference! So yes, they will be just as delicious without making you feel as “heavy.”
4. Workout Thanksgiving morning.
We always go for a run because it has been a tradition of ours (and we have added it to your schedule for this week). However, if you rather do another workout, that is fine! Just make sure you wake up and workout first thing in the morning before you get too far into cooking.
5. Enjoy your meal.
Even if you eat dishes that are not healthier, that is okay. We want you to relax and enjoy your dinner. Do not think of this as “cheating” or doing something bad – because you are not! We want you to enjoy yourself and then continue on with your clean meals and workouts. Your Weekly Burn will help you out with this this week.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!