Try some simple recipes. Instead of the obligatory green bean casserole with mushroom soup and fried onions, how about a green bean dish with a pinch of sea salt? Substitute sweet potatoes in butter with marshmallows and brown sugar for a more straightforward sweet potato preparation.
Watch portion sizes. By eating various foods, you get more nutrients and enjoy many flavors. Don’t waste your calories on foods you eat year-round.
Winning formula. Eating less and exercising more is the winning formula to avoid weight gain. Walk first thing in the day and after dinner.
Healthier. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner or bringing a few dishes to share, more nutritious recipes are lower in fat, sugar, and calories. Try fat-free chicken broth to drizzle over the turkey.
Skip seconds. Try to resist the temptation to go back for seconds. Limiting yourself to one dish makes you less likely to overeat and have more room for a delicious dessert. White meat turkey, plain vegetables, roasted sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, and pumpkin pie are often the best bets because they are lower in fat and calories.
Savor slowly. Putting your fork down between bites is one of the easiest ways to enjoy and satisfy your food. Choosing fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, salads, and other foods with lots of water and fiber contribute to satiety.
Watch out. Drink only one or two glasses of wine and enjoy sparkling water. This way, you stay sober and hydrated, and limit the calories from alcohol.
Family and friends. The main event of Thanksgiving is socializing with family and friends and spending quality time together.