Thanksgiving food on the table

TalentFIT – Say Goodbye to Your Thanksgiving Sweatpants

Recipe for the perfect Thanksgiving: family gathered, the Macy’s parade on TV, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and … sweatpants. The celebration has easily become one of the most gluttonous holidays of the year.

According to research from the Calorie Control Council, the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat during a typical holiday gathering from the snacking and the traditional dinner with a turkey and all the trimmings. (https://caloriecontrol.org/stuff-the-bird-not-yourself-how-to-deal-with-the-3000-calorie-thanksgiving-meal/)

 

If you’re in charge of preparing the main event or bringing a dish, there are healthier options that can knock off that calorie count. Try one of these healthier recipes this year:
  1. Mashed Cauliflower (cauliflower is all the rage these days—see also Cauliflower Stuffing)
  2. Green Bean Casserole
  3. Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
  4. Pumpkin Dream Bars

 

 For additional recipe options, click on the following links:
  1. https://greatist.com/health/healthy-thanksgiving-recipes-111512
  2. http://www.foodnetwork.com/thanksgiving/photos/healthy-thanksgiving-recipes
  3. http://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/thanksgiving/g3021/healthy-thanksgiving-recipes/?thumbnails

 

 However, if the food preparation is out of your control, there are still ways to enjoy the holiday without stuffing yourself:
  1. Go easy on the appetizers. Enjoy the main meal instead!
  2. Use a smaller plate. Research shows it will help you eat 22 percent fewer calories. (https://greatist.com/health/fit-healthy-thanksgiving-tips)
  3. Stick to healthier cocktails. (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/12/thanksgiving-cocktails-yes_n_6139432.html)
  4. Wait 20 minutes before filling up on seconds. You may find that you really don’t want more. Plus, then you are guaranteed to have leftovers!
  5. Get active! Trade in the after-meal nap for a walk in the neighborhood, play a game of touch football with the family outside, or find a Turkey Trot in your area.

You can enjoy the holidays without derailing your diet. There’s no need to add “lose weight” to your New Year’s resolution list. But even if you find yourself overindulging this Thanksgiving, make sure you share with friends and family what you are truly thankful for before falling asleep on the couch!

 

Written by Courtney Hejl, Director of Talent Services. To find out how our Talent Services team can help your business, contact Courtney at courtney@vectortalent.com. For more information about TalentFIT and how it can benefit your company, contact us at support@betalentfit.com

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