Thanksgiving is a day where we take a moment and reflect on the year that has past, and recognize all that we have to be thankful for. It is also a day full of football, parades, family, and food! Many of us overindulge, and then hit the couch for a nap. If that sounds like your Thanksgiving routine, and you are left feeling groggy and tired, consider changing things this year with some of our tips to a healthier Thanksgiving.
A Big Dinner Doesn't Mean Skip Breakfast: A healthy breakfast is the best way to start your day, even when you plan on a big meal for dinner. It may not seem like the best idea to eat a big breakfast when you know you have a plate full or turkey ahead of you, but eating something hearty in the morning will help keep your portions smaller later in the day. A small veggie omelet with whole wheat toast or fresh fruit with Greek yogurt is a great way to start the day!
Do the Turkey Trot: Going straight from the dinner table to the couch pretty much guarantees a lazy and lethargic day. To help boost your energy, get the family together and go on a walk around the neighborhood, even if it is for just 10 minutes.
Make Healthy Changes: One reason so many of us love Thanksgiving is because of the traditional dishes. We don't ask that you make changes to all of your favorite Thanksgiving foods, but you can substitute a few items to make your meal healthier. Mashed cauliflower is a great substitute for mashed potatoes. Or try to make items from scratch instead of using prepackaged goods.
If you follow these tips, you will certainly be feeling thankful long after Thanksgiving!