If you attend your family Thanksgiving dinner in elastic pants—you obviously don’t have much concern for calories. However, the rest of us may think twice when it comes to an eating holiday that sets us back a few thousand calories for one dinner.
It’s difficult to stay true to your weight loss goals during the holidays. However, you can enjoy some turkey and almost all of the fixings without binging yourself into a food coma.
Here are eight effective ways to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner while preventing holiday weight gain…
1. Make Whole Grains a Guest of Honor
Do you slave over the perfect stuffing? Bake up the softest rolls? Or feature a famous rice casserole at your holiday table? You can make these festive favorites a lot more nutritious by substituting white bread, flour, and rice with the whole grain variety. For instance, use whole grain breadcrumbs to make your dressing, rye flour for your rolls, and quinoa rather than white rice in your side dishes for a serving of healthful antioxidants, protein (in the case of quinoa), fiber, iron, and magnesium.