Nourishing Thanks: A Guide to Healthy Eating this Thanksgiving

Dear Friend,

As we gather around tables adorned with the bounty of the season, we’re reminded of the warmth and gratitude that Thanksgiving brings. While indulging in festive feasts is a beloved tradition, it’s also an excellent time to celebrate with mindful and health-conscious choices. This edition is dedicated to embracing a nourishing Thanksgiving without sacrificing the joy of the holiday. 🦃

1. A Colorful Feast: Load your plate with a vibrant array of colors. Vegetables like sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and colorful salads not only add visual appeal but also pack a nutritional punch. Aim to make half your plate a canvas of nature’s hues. 🥬🍅🥕🧄

2. Smart Swaps for Traditional Favorites: Transform classic dishes into healthier versions without compromising on taste. Choose whole-grain options, substitute sugar with natural sweeteners, and experiment with lighter cooking methods such as roasting, grilling, or steaming. 🍆

3. Portion Control: Savor the flavors of Thanksgiving without overindulging by practicing mindful portion control. Use smaller plates to help control portions, and take your time to enjoy each bite. Remember, it’s about the quality, not the quantity. 🍽️

4. Hydrate and Savor: Amidst the festivities, don’t forget to stay hydrated. Opt for water or herbal teas to accompany your meal. Sipping water between bites not only aids digestion but also helps you recognize your body’s signals of fullness. 💦

5. Mindful Eating Practices: Engage in mindful eating by savoring each bite and paying attention to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. Put down your fork between bites, and take a moment to appreciate the flavors and textures of the delicious dishes in front of you. 🤔

6. Prioritize Protein: Ensure a balanced meal by including lean protein sources such as turkey, chicken, or plant-based alternatives. Protein helps maintain energy levels and keeps you feeling satisfied throughout the festivities. 🍗

7. Plan for Physical Activity: Incorporate physical activity into your Thanksgiving plans. Whether it’s a family walk, a game of touch football, or a post-dinner stroll, moving your body contributes to overall well-being and helps offset the indulgence of the day. 🏈

8. Share the Culinary Joy: If you’re hosting, consider encouraging guests to bring healthier dishes to share. Potluck-style gatherings allow for a diverse spread of nutritious options and promote a sense of community in creating a wholesome feast. 😊

9. Desserts with a Healthy Twist: Satisfy your sweet tooth with healthier dessert alternatives. Experiment with fruit-based desserts, opt for pumpkin pie with a nut crust, or explore recipes that use natural sweeteners and minimal added sugars.🍎

10. Express Gratitude for Health: As you give thanks this season, take a moment to express gratitude for the gift of health. Appreciate the nourishment provided by the foods on your table, and savor the joy of sharing a wholesome meal with loved ones. 🙏

May your Thanksgiving be filled with gratitude, joy, and a table abundant with delicious and healthful choices.

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!

Sending You Tons of Love and Humongous Hugs,

Tina “Enjoying The Holidays” McDermott