Here's what some members of ServeTurkey's Nutrition Advisory Board suggest:
5 Tips for Eating Healthy Through the Holidays
Tip #1: Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RDN, Cookbook author and food blogger at Janice Cooks says: Try to eat mindfully, keep portions in check (tip: use smaller plates), and increase your activity level. Why not get together with friends for hike instead of going out to eat? or gather friends and family in your kitchen and cook healthier versions of holiday favorites.
Tip #2: Karen Buch, RDN, LDN, Owner, Nutrition Connections LLC says: Will you be cooking the turkey this Thanksgiving? If you’d like to reduce the fat in your turkey gravy, try using a fat separator. Simply pour the turkey broth through the strainer while keeping the stopper in place. Allow the broth to settle and watch the fat rise to the top. Remove the stopper to pour the de-fatted broth into a sauce pan to make your favorite turkey gravy recipe.
Tip #3: Lauren Tulig, RDN, CD, Dietitian Manager, Skogen’s Festival Foods says: Enjoy all of your favorite holiday foods! …in moderation. There is no need to deprive yourself of grandma’s famous snickerdoodle cookies or your amazing stuffing recipe that calls for a decent amount of butter. Commit to a mindful eating approach – control portions, eat when you’re hungry, slow down and enjoy every last bite of your favorite holiday dishes and treats.
Tip #4: Karen Buch, RDN, LDN, Owner, Nutrition Connections LLC says: You may be tempted to go all day without eating before a big holiday meal. But, skipping meals may actually lead to overeating later. Eating high-fiber foods throughout the day can help keep your hunger in check so you can enjoy the holiday meal without over-indulging. Start your day with a warm, satisfying bowl of oatmeal topped with blueberries. Then, assemble a raw vegetable tray to nibble on while you work in the kitchen and to offer your guests as they arrive.
Tip #5: Lauren Tulig, RDN, CD, Dietitian Manager, Skogen’s Festival Foods says: After the craziness of the holidays ends, it’s time to find that balance again in life. No crash diets. No short term fixes. Balance. Set challenging yet realistic goals that you can achieve and sustain. Cook one more meal at home each week. Exercise one more hour each week. Try a new fruit or vegetable each month. Small, sustainable changes add up over a week, a month, a year and beyond!