Have a Healthy Thanksgiving - North Shore Living®

November 6th, 2018


Have a Healthy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming up quick and it’s time to start planning your favorite meals. Now, some of us may be worried about breaking our diet or our healthy eating pattern during the holiday season. It’s very tough to say no to those creamy mashed potatoes or the sweet candied yams. Trust us, we know. But that’s where we come in! With these healthy alternative recipes we’ve created, you can say yes to some of the holiday staples.

The average person usually gains anywhere from 7-10 pounds during the holidays. Thanksgiving meal alone, you can consume 3,000-4,500 calories after dinner, desserts, and drinks. That’s a lot of calories, not including any snacking throughout the day. If you’re on the healthy eating train, it’s definitely worth it to cut down the calories wherever you can during the holidays.

We know it gets hard to say no when someone is passing around the gravy and biscuits, but here are a few tips to help you eat healthier on Thanksgiving this year. Most people save their appetite for Thanksgiving dinner and if you are looking to keep those calories down, do the exact opposite. Eat a big, hearty, healthy breakfast in the morning that’s full of eggs, grains, and veggies. This will keep you pretty full most of the day and you won’t want to eat as much for dinner.

Another tip is to eat slowly during dinner. This is great in a couple ways – you savor every bite more and you get full faster. So don’t make it a race to scarf down all of your food even though you may be really excited to eat it. Slow down and enjoy it. Lastly, be active on Thanksgiving! Go for a walk or a hike with some family or play flag football in the backyard. Whatever it might be, it will help burn some calories during the day. Now for the recipes!


Our guilt free Garlic Sage Mashed Cauliflower will have you and all your guests fooled at the dinner table. They’re creamy and full of flavor, these are perfect as a substitute for traditional mashed potatoes, and you won’t be able to tell the difference! You can even add a sprinkle of cheese if you want a little something extra. You can also give our Roasted Acorn Squash a try! This can be a great substitute for sweet potatoes.


We hope these tips and healthy recipes help you out this Thanksgiving! Have a happy and loving holiday!

Happy cooking!

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