My 18 lb Turkey filled with herbs and veggies from my garden and greenhouse.
When it comes to Thanksgiving, it’s all about loading up the plate with amazing recipes loaded with carbs in my family. But just how healthy is everything? I recently came across this chart by The Daily Meal, the world’s largest food and drink lifestyle site, who just unveiled its list of 26 Tips for a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving from Top Nutritionists. I love the tips and ideas they share and want to pass them along to you before we load up on the carbs again this Thanksgiving!
List of Tips
Bring Healthy Alternatives
Come To Thanksgiving Hungry, But Not Starving
Continue Your Healthy Routine
Cut Your Portions in Half
Do Not Restrict Yourself
If You Really Want It, Do Not Deprive Yourself Completely
Keep Your Appetizer Small
Make Your Plate Colorful
Portion-Size Your Dinner
Take Advantage of Nutritious Foods
What to Eat: Homemade Cranberry Sauce
What to Eat: Sweet Potatoes
What to Eat: Turkey
What to Eat: Vegetables
What Not to Eat: Canned Cranberry Sauce
What Not to Eat: Green Bean Casserole
What Not to Eat: Mac & Cheese
What Not to Eat: Mashed Potatoes
What Not to Eat: Pecan Pie
What Not to Eat: Stuffing
Your Perfect Plate
Quotes from Top Nutritionist
“Restricting yourself from your favorite foods is never a good idea but you can definitely avoid a food coma if you fill your plate with healthy foods, then save room for a small serving of pumpkin pie,” said Angela Carlos, Editor at The Daily Meal.
When it comes to Thanksgiving, preparation for dinner starts when you begin your day. The nutritionists recommend eating balanced meals throughout the day, so that you are not ravenous when you sit down for dinner. If you are trying to get the most out of your calories, you can have a serving of turkey, sweet potatoes, vegetables, and cranberry sauce for the same amount of calories as a serving of mac and cheese.
“It’s all about moderation,” noted Carlos. “While food is a huge focus, it’s not the only important thing, so try to focus on good company and other things you are thankful for.”
Fun Facts and Quotes from The Daily Meal @TheDailyMeal#26tipsforahealthythanksgiving.
I love filling the turkey with veggies and herbs from my garden. What could be more healthier then something you grew at home? Well.. sweet corn from the local farmer is awesome too. Each year I like to preserve the sweet corn to be used at Thanksgiving dinner.
18 lb turkey
home grown corn
stuffing the turkey with herbs
Favorite Recipes I’ve Pinned
I had to share this with you all because it made me laugh watching top chefs share their Thanksgiving horror stories. Yesterday I was feeling super stressed with Thanksgiving just around the corner and I hadn’t picked up my bird yet. It was so awesome to hear top chef Bobby Flay of Food Network talk about how he gets stressed out at Thanksgiving trying to get all the dishes on the table. For some weird reason that made me feel a little better….. Thanksgiving Favorite Playlist below starts out with ‘Thanksgiving Disasters’ by The Daily Meal. I also have a few of my favorite recipes and Food Network chefs highlighted that I’m inspired by during Thanksgiving meal planning.