Did you know that a traditional Thanksgiving dinner could amount to more than 5000 calories consumed in just one sitting?
Well, for anyone trying to lose weight that is a truly horrifying figure.
Luckily for you there are some simple changes you can make that will ensure you are able to enjoy the festivities without ruining your weight loss efforts.
Read on for some ways to save calories this Thanksgiving:
#1: Eat cranberries, not cranberry sauce
A cup of cranberries will contain less than 50 calories, while the sauce will contain so many more, what with the added sugar etc.
Fresh cranberries are also better for your health as they are full of nutrients that can help maintain a healthy urinary tract, bones, teeth and immune system.
#2: Eat pumpkin muffin rather than pie
Once you add the crust a slice of pumpkin pie could add up to an extra 200+ calories.
Instead choose to eat a pumpkin muffin made from whole wheat flour instead, as it is full of various nutrients.
#3: Choose sweet potatoes, not mashed
Sweet potatoes are full of beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that will promote good health.
They are also full of complex carbohydrates that will not cause a spike in your blood sugar levels that lead to cravings.
#4: Eat wild rice instead of white rice
Wild rice is gluten free and contains zero sodium, meaning it is good for both your blood pressure and your heart.
This type of rice also contains twice the amount of protein as brown rice and contains 30x more antioxidants than the white variety.
#5: Whole grain stuffing instead of white flour
Whole grain flour contains B vitamins that can help boost energy levels and fibre that can help improve your digestive health.
If you want to lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke then you should start eating more whole grains.
#6: Eat steamed vegetables instead of casseroles
Steamed cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower contain various disease fighting and immune boosting nutrients.
Steaming vegetables is also healthier as casseroles will often contain added fat and salt.
#7: Eat turkey but not ham
Turkey is a great food for weight loss as it is low in fat (if you avoid eating the skin), yet contains high levels of protein (30 grams of protein per 4 ounces of turkey) and B vitamins.
#8: Eat a spinach salad rather than a Caesar
Spinach is full of iron, potassium and a variety of vitamins including A,C and K.
You should be careful of what dressing you choose too. Avoid those creamy ones if at all possible.
#9: Goat cheese instead of cheddar
Goat cheese is low in fat yet full of protein and calcium. It will also provide a unique and flavourful topping, giving your dips a totally new taste.