Kitchen Think: Have (a bit of a) Guilt-Free Thanksgiving
By mamashighstrung on November 14, 2012
Every year at this time, I promise myself I’m not going to do it… and then, of course, I do it anyway.
That little statement could go in so many directions… but I’m talking about over-eating at Thanksgiving.
Did you know that the average Thanksgiving plate, piled high with deliciousness, could come in at more than 3,000 calories? And that’s not even taking into account the snacking before the main event. Yikes!
If you’ve ever tried to be more conscious of what you’re eating, you know you should pile on the veggies, use a smaller plate and skip the gravy… blah blah blah blah. Like that's really going to happen.
So… what’s the answer?
Have a little of everything you’ve been waiting all year to eat. I'm not kidding. Don’t deprive yourself… but don’t pig out. Be conscious of your portions and of what you’re eating.
Yep, I’m talking about moderation. (Such a good word… but so hard to put into practice).
I know, I know... much easier said than done. So here are a few suggestions to help you along the way:
• How much stuffing/sweet potatoes/mashed potatoes do you usually put on your plate? When you’re standing there getting ready to pile it on, cut the amount in half AND THEN serve yourself. Just try it.
• Look at the palm of your hand and put that amount of turkey on your plate… that'll be anywhere from 5 to 6 ounces. Try to eat only the lean, white meat. Don’t eat the skin. (I know that’s a tough one.)
• Drizzle on about 2 Tablespoons of gravy. Yes, you can have gravy, but remember this is one of the most fat/sodium/calorie packed items on the menu. Remember the key word is drizzle, not ladle... and not pour.
• Have some pie, especially if it is a pumpkin pie (high in fiber), but make it a small piece. That way you won’t feel bad when you sneak back into the kitchen for another slice! (But, make that one small, too!)
If you are doing the cooking, have some celery and hummus (or cut up apples) nearby, so you can munch on that while you work. If you’re going to someone’s house, don’t starve yourself beforehand… eat breakfast and lunch. In other words, have something to eat or you’ll over-eat when you get there.
When it comes to eating at Thanksgiving, don’t worry about making big promises to yourself…or anyone else. That’s a recipe for failure…
It’s all about moderation. Keep that in mind and you CAN do it!
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