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The average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat from snacking and eating a traditional Holiday dinner.
- Fill your plate using the following ratio: half vegetables, one-quarter skinless turkey breast, and one-quarter starchy sides (stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, casseroles, yams, etc).
- Pies should be cut into 8 pieces – select your favorite and have ONE slice. Have 2 favorites? Serve yourself a 1/2 slice of each. If you can’t bypass topping with whipped cream or ice cream keep to around the size of a golf ball.
- Get Moving! Exercising prior to your big meal will help jump-start metabolism and maintain your personal commitment to your own health and wellness which will carry through the holiday and into the next day!
- Weather too cold or rainy to get outdoors? Get in a workout at your gym and if you’re out of town research options ahead of time for drop in rates
- Shrimp cocktail: We opt for buying the pricier jumbo shrimp instead of the pre-packaged shrimp rings you’ll see in most supermarkets. In our opinion the jumbo shrimp look more elegant and are tastier so are worth the financial splurge! This is a great way for you and guests to fill up on a low calorie and high protein appetizer (we love to include cocktail sauce, fresh horseradish, and of course Old Bay!)
- Soups: If you live in a colder climate what better way to kick off the holiday than with a belly warming soup! Prepared soups can be kept in a crockpot for people to self serve as an appetizer. Try butternut squash or pumpkin soup recipes and check out one of our favorites: Creamy Carrot Ginger Soup
- Mashed Potatoes: We love these 2 takes on making a “healthier” mashed potato both from one of our favorite food blogs
- Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Potato Parsnip Mash
- Cauliflower Rice Stuffing: This cauliflower stuffing may not food lovers of the “real stuff” but it does a pretty close job! We served it last year and it was a big winner!
- Pumpkin Pie: Trust this dairy-free grain-free crustless version made with cashew cream.
- Pecan Pie Tarts: Traditional pecan pie is one of our favorite pies and also one of the LEAST healthy. These phyllo tarts have just 70 calories each and still have the flavors from a traditional pie!