It’s all too easy to splurge on Thanksgiving, which can often lead to feelings of guilt or discomfort from overeating. The average person eats almost double the number of calories they need for one day on Thanksgiving. Use this holiday season as a time to make a positive change and to set some upgraded goals to keep yourself on track. While eating healthfully may seem like a daunting task this time of year, a healthy Thanksgiving is completely do-able with simple swaps. A few extra minutes of prep and planning go a long way for your health!
Don’t skimp on breakfast in anticipation of “saving calories” later in the day. Eating breakfast has been shown to jumpstart your metabolism, help control your hunger, and can lead to better choices and portion sizes when it’s time for the appealing food choices later on. Read more about the importance of breakfast during the holidays.
Another easy way to boost the nutrition in your meals is by simply making an effort to use whole grains for baking during the holidays. Make a place for whole grains at the holiday table this year – whether it’s in one, or a few of your usual dishes! Not only are whole grains an important part of a heart-healthy diet, but the fiber it provides can help prevent over-eating. Did you know that fiber also decreases inflammation? Inflammation can lead to heart disease and heart attacks. Your entire family will be thankful that you are looking out for their heart health! Here are some easy ways to get whole grains onto your holiday table and make healthy baking substitutions.
The different colors of foods provide unique health benefits, so make it a goal to have at least 3 colors in the dishes for a healthy Thanksgiving. Here are a few benefits of each color, with a popular and easy food choice to include in your meal:
Each year provides the opportunity to get creative and try new things. Choose one or two things to focus on to feel great and to stay on track with your health goals this Thanksgiving!
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