It’s a meal that we look forward to all year long. Thanksgiving dinner, with the turkey, dressing and all the delicious sides.
It is possible to enjoy this huge, delicious meal without completely derailing your otherwise-healthy eating plan.
Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN and Head of Nutrition for WW (formerly Weight Watchers) offers these tips to enjoy your holiday while staying on track with your weight loss goals:
- Don’t skip breakfast. A common mistake people make on holiday “eating” days? Skipping meals to “save calories,” which ultimately backfires since you’re ready to face-plant into pumpkin pie by noon. Power up your breakfast with protein, filling fiber, and healthy fat. (A great meal idea: Two scrambled eggs on a whole-grain English muffin and a small pear.) Research has shown that breakfast eaters tend to eat less overall, especially late-night (raise your hand if picking at pie in the kitchen at 10PM sounds familiar!).
- Drink up. It’s easy to confuse hunger with thirst…especially on big eat-a-thon days like these, where the focus is on food. Make it a point to drink water (sparkling and club soda count too!), tea, and unsweetened coffee throughout the day so you’re primed to make smarter decisions based on actual food cravings later on.
- Fill up with fiber. Load your Thanksgiving plate with non-starchy veggies, like string beans, leafy greens, broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. Then, top with turkey and dig in. No portioning, no calorie-counting—just satisfying, nutritious deliciousness!
- Don’t waste time (or SmartPoints!) on what’s always in your pantry. Dinner rolls, store-bought cookies, and high-calorie dips? Skip ‘em. There’s no point in wasting calories on ho-hum foods you can eat anytime! Freeze leftovers or pack them to go home with any guests—Thanksgiving is a day, after all!