Thanksgiving – a truly healthy holiday

I love Thanksgiving. To me, it is all about giving thanks to God and celebrating with family, friends, and of course, food. Ahh, the food! I love the smell of cinnamon, mulled cider, and pumpkin pie. Complete that with homemade bread and a roasting turkey, well, we really do have a lot to be thankful for.

Holidays are one time when I believe that you can let go of healthy eating a little bit and celebrate a little bit more. However, going overboard will only lead to a stomachache and a few extra pounds. So, if you have a favorite traditional dish, by all means, enjoy small portions of it and don’t mess it up by trying to make it overly healthy! After all, splurging once a year is not what causes overweight.

However, there are usually a few traditional dishes that aren’t quite as close to the heart, and these can easily be made a little more nutritious or a little lower in calories. Check out the Supermarket Savvy checklist here for some great tips.

Also, is there someone with food allergies or restrictions? Make the festivities more enjoyable for them with the tips listed by Money Saving Mom‘s website.

Lean turkey meat, yams rich in vitamin A, cranberries overflowing with anthocyanins.  This year, make it your point to celebrate the abundant variety of nutritious foods that are available for us to eat, rather than stressing over the calories we would rather avoid.

And remember, you can always burn off a few of  the extra calories with a 5K turkey trot on T-day, or a a day of sprinting for for your fave sale items on black Friday.

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