With Thursday staring us straight in the face, it’s time to make sure you have some healthy Thanksgiving tips in place so that you are set to enjoy the holiday, indulge yourself without over-doing it at the same time!
EAT: Organize Your Meal Strategy
There are two parts to this healthy Thanksgiving tip, and both will help you survive without having to pop out the extra button at the end of the day. Giving you something to be proud of!
The order in which you eat your food and the method you use to scoop out the goodies will have a direct impact on how many calories go down on Thursday. The goal is to have what you love, enjoy the company, taste everything without binging on anything. These two tricks will help you do just that!
Sneaky Trick Part 1: Start with Soup
This is a good trick! Filling up on low calorie soup before a meal can save you calories in the long run. Soups have a lot of water in them, which make you feel fuller for less calories. I remember reading somewhere that when people start a meal with low calorie, broth based soups, they consume 25% fewer calories throughout their meal.
But the sneaky part comes in when you pick a delicious, rich creamy soup that is still low in calories, but uber satisfying in addition to being filling. This Butternut Squash Soup is a winner in every way! It’s great to make ahead of time, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free!
Skinny Butternut Squash Soup
- 1 ½ lbs Butternut Squash
- 1 large Yellow Onion
- 1 ½“ piece peeled Fresh Ginger
- 2-4 Garlic Cloves
- Spray Olive Oil
- 2 ½ cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Prepare your squash by peeling, removing seeds and cutting into 1” cubes*. Prepare the onion by peeling, and chopping into large slices. Prepare garlic and ginger by peeling and mincing and add all 4 ingredients to a large baking dish. *or you can just take the entire squash and put it in the oven on a baking sheet whole at 425 and roast for like 90 min and peel and seed it when it’s cooked. Much less dangerous 🙂
- Toss all your veggies with spray olive oil and bake for 50 minutes or until tender. Check them 2-3 times to toss and make sure they don’t burn. Let them cool for about 10 minutes.
- Place about 1/3 of squash mixture and 1 cup of almond milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a large saucepan. Repeat procedure with remaining squash mixture and broth.
- Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Nutrition & Serving: This entire recipe has only 450 calories, 11 grams of protein, 20 grams of fiber, 146% calcium, 266% vitamin C, 1472% vitamin A and 37% of daily iron needs. It makes about 4 cups, so divide as you best see fit!
Sneaky Eating Trick Part 2: Divide Your Plate
There will clearly be an array of caloric indulgences on your Thanksgiving table. So stack the odds in your favor and fill up on the lower calorie options and make sure you cover the rainbow with your color choices.
Fill at least half of your plate with low calorie veggies, typically the green stuff like Brussels Sprouts, salad, green beans (hopefully not smothered in cheese or something like that). Then use the remaining half for protein (turkey, ham, beef) and the remaining half for all your little starchy treats like stuffing, potatoes, yams and so on.
Don’t skip the gravy, but don’t douse your entire plate with it either. Remember, it’s often only the first bite that really pleases the senses, so as long as you have a little of everything, you’ll be just fine.
DRINK: Simple Swap, Get your Juice ON!
Fresh juice is a revitalizer and also a great healthy thanksgiving tip! It’s full of oxygen and enzymes to help alkalize your body and keep all your cells healthy and alive. This is really about building healthy and radiance from the inside out.
During the stress of the holiday season, swap out one snack or even breakfast a day with a fresh juice. And not something in a bottle from the grocery store, we’re talking grinded up, organic greens. Make your own or find a juice bar and make sure they’re really juicing veggies for you. Go green, and use apples, carrots and beets to sweeten it up and fresh ginger to give it a kick.
BE SKINNY: Creative Solution, Excuse Free Exercise
The best healthy thanksgiving tip ever is to make sure you start your day with some good fitness! It will make you feel stroner, healthier, and improve your appetite. It will also bring caloric relevance to your meal. If it took 30 min to burn 300 calories, maybe that 2nd piece of pie doesn’t look so good after all, right?
But the problem may be the weather. Is it snowing out side? Or even if it’s not quite there yet, is it just too cold to get out there? When it is, it gives you all kinds of great excuses to not exercise, right? Well not anymore!
The 30 Day Challenge Series is about to launch the December Full Body Challenge. This challenge will get every muscle in your body moving and get you ship-shape before Christmas!
The Full Body Challenge is excuse and barrier free, meaning anybody can do them anywhere and get in a great workout. It’s a small commitment, but a commitment to fitness none-the-less and will serve you well this holiday season.
There you have it, as promised! Simple Swaps, Creative Solutions and Sneaky Tricks to help you Eat. Drink & be Skinny this Holiday season. If you found this helpful, share it with your friends using the share buttons below and stay tuned, every Wednesday for the rest of the year, you’ll get a new edition!
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