Posted on 11/13/2015 at 04:14 PM by
Iowa Weight Loss Specialists
Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving
Here are a few tips to make sure you are able to relax and enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family!
- Eat breakfast. Skipping a meal because you want to save your calories can lead to a food binge.
- Maintain your food journal. This will help you to monitor how much you are eating.
- Make sure to get enough sleep the night before. You don’t want to be around a table full of food when you’re tired and have decreased control. Lack of sleep can also increase appetite.
- Drink plenty of water. Being dehydrated can be confused with hunger.
- When appetizers are out make sure to only grab a small amount and walk away. You still have the big dinner ahead.
- Use a smaller plate.
- Watch out for hidden calories. Dishes like green bean casserole and creamed corn may appear healthy, but in reality they are high-calorie options due to the cream bases and added toppings.
- Chew slowly. Enjoy the food you are eating and pay attention to how fast you are eating. It is easy to over consume when talking to others.
- Skip seconds. Wait 20 minutes and remember that you will have leftovers for a few days that you can enjoy.
- Allow for dessert. It’s Thanksgiving. Have your slice of pie and remember to enjoy in moderation.
- Have some wiggle room. At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family and loved ones. Allow yourself some foods that you enjoy and make sure to get back on track the following day.
Healthier Green Bean Casserole
2 9 oz. bags frozen green beans (or one bag of green beans and one bag of a second vegetable)
1 pint button mushrooms, sliced
1 onion (half thinly sliced, half chopped)
1 can healthier cream of mushroom soup (example: Campbell’s Healthy Request)
¾ cup 1% or skim milk
Salt and Pepper
2 Tbsp. flour
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine the flour and a pinch of salt and pepper in a small bowl. Toss sliced onions in the mixture until well coated.
- Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Spread the onion strips on the tray. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes or until crisp.
- While the crispy onions are baking, sauté the chopped onion and mushrooms until just soft. Combine in a casserole dish with the frozen veggies, soup, and milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Bake the casserole for about 30 minutes or until warmed through. Five minutes before it is done, top with the baked onion strips.
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