For many, good nutrition and Thanksgiving dinner are not on the same plate. Looking for some tips on making your Thanksgiving meal healthy? It is possible! You can even make a nutritious meal that everyone will enjoy.
Tips on Making Your Thanksgiving Meal Healthy
Make a Wide Variety of Foods
Traditional Thanksgiving stories tell us of meals that had many different dishes. These represented the backgrounds of the many people who came together to give thanks.
The benefit of eating from a wide variety of foods is that you gain a wide variety of nutrients. And you are less likely to overload on a single type of food. If you’re stressing about making a large number of dishes, look for recipes that you can make a day or two ahead of time.
Make Some Simple Recipes
Instead of making the obligatory green bean casserole with mushroom soup and fried onions, how about a simple green bean dish with a dash of sea salt and fresh herbs? Or you can substitute sweet potatoes cooked in butter with marshmallows and brown sugar, with roasted sweet potatoes tossed in olive oil. You may be surprised at how much people enjoy the taste of the original ingredients.
Instead of loading up your plate with large portions, start with smaller portions of everything. If you would like a second helping, follow the same procedure. By eating from a wider variety of foods you will be providing your body with a greater array of nutrients. And you’ll be able to enjoy the many flavors too!
Unless you’re on call for surgery, you probably have a little time. Instead of jumping right into your second helping, consider a short intermission and burn some calories by helping out with the dishes. By eating slowly, your body will give you signals when you are full. If there are leftovers you can always eat them later.
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all of the things that we have. It is a time for us to remember and reflect on the things that are important in our lives that we often take for granted.
The sharing of a meal with friends and family is a wonderful event and is cherished by nearly all cultures. So take pleasure in the eating and the sharing of food but also consider the nourishment that food gives you.
Be thankful and give honor to the abundance that you have to share.
And don’t forget to leave a comment below with your healthy Thanksgiving meal tips!