Tips for Serving a Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner

Make it fun to have a healthy Thanksgiving dinnerNo one is excited about the prospect of gaining weight over the holidays. After all, it’s not just one meal that comprises this season – it’s a series of parties, special occasions, and indulgences over a six-week period. So I’ve compiled healthy Thanksgiving dinner ideas right here along with tips for how to stick to a clean eating plan over the entire holiday season.

When you’re mindful of each event that comes up and cook healthier options when you can, all your strength training and clean eating efforts will continue to pay off.

Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Check out these ideas for healthy Thanksgiving dinner recipes:

103 Healthy Holiday Recipes. I browsed these recipes and was surprised to see that most are indeed low in fat and sugar. (The article title is for “skinny” recipes,  but skinny doesn’t equal healthy – just sayin.)

Healthy Green Bean Casserole. I don’t consider this recipe to be on the “bad” list because I’ll eat cream of mushroom soup once a year, by golly. But I’m always up for an upgrade and I love Lindsay’s site. Incidentally, Lindsay shares her clean eating food prep each week and has a lot of great posts on the subject. Check out last week’s post here.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes. You know that vegetarian and gluten-free don’t automatically equal “healthy,” right? The recipes in this article get my approval, however, and could even be used for non-holiday meals. Country “Meatloaf” with Golden Gravy, Pan-Cooked Brussels Sprouts with Green Garlic… YUM!

Thanksgiving Reinvented. The ACE Fitness Nutrition Twins give us an entire meal we can eat for about 741 calories – including dessert!

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Round Up and When to Roast Your Turkey. Another Lindsay I’m fond of wrote this great post about a gluten-free and even allergy-free Thanksgiving. It can be done!

Fresh Quinoa “Stuffing” for Thanksgiving (Gluten-Free). An alternative to the usual bready stuffing. Looks delish!

Pumpkin Pie. This pie doesn’t have added heavy cream like a lot of recipes. And check this one out: Banana-infused Pumpkin Pie – unconventional but looks amazing.

What About Healthy Eating When You Travel?

I frequently hear from my clients about the difficulty of eating clean when they travel. And during the holidays, we’re at other people’s houses and attending gobs of festivities. All this irregular eating can wreak havoc on your weight and digestion. We end up feeling bad about ourselves and not fitting into our favorite clothes, which sucks.

Start planning NOW for how you’ll get through the week of Thanksgiving and the numerous party weekends leading up to Christmas. It’s not just a couple of big meals we’re talking about, it’s a season – the extra weight can seriously pile on during this time. So before you travel or hit the parties, think about:

  • What you can eat from restaurants before you go
  • What you’ll bring for snacks when you travel
  • Offering to bring a healthy dish
  • Where the closest grocery store is to your family’s house so you can buy your own food or help cook
  • Eating and drinking water before parties to avoid overindulging

If you’re aiming to eat clean during the holidays, it’s the same basic rule: A little planning can go a LONG way. Let me know how you’re planning on having a healthy Thanksgiving dinner!

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