November 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm
by Irina Gonzalez
I was at my usual Weight Watchers meeting this week and we were talking about the same thing that everyone else is talking about: Thanksgiving.
Everywhere I go people are talking about the food holiday: How are you making your turkey? What are your favorite dishes? When are you serving dessert? You love to talk about it so much that we even held a special Thanksgiving Chat where our assistant food editor Melissa answered all of your burning questions, shared tips and suggested recipes for the big day.
The thing I haven’t heard much about (except at my Weight Watchers meeting) is the concern over how to keep things healthy.
I know we all like to indulge. I’m a big believer in moderation. Sometimes that means eating less healthy than usual, like on Birthdays, Holidays and other special occasions. But I wouldn’t be able to keep off 100lbs if I wasn’t indulging in a smart way.
What does that mean? Well, I’ve spent the last week looking at some of the great Thanksgiving recipes on Family Circle. Pre-planning big meals helps me to stay healthy because I can figure out where to spend my calories.
Planning far in advance also allows me to put together a healthier meal. After searching through our collection of Thanksgiving recipes, I found some great ones that are healthier options of some of the classics. Take a look at some Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes:
Heritage Turkey with Cran-Orange Glaze
Green Bean and Shiitake Casserole
Healthy Cranberry Sauce:
Whole Wheat Rolls
Red Wine Spritzer:
In a tall glass filled with ice, mix equal parts red wine and tonic water. Add a splash of lemonade and garnish with a slice of lemon. Makes 1 spritzer.
Plus 4 Desserts Under 400 Calories per serving:
What about after the big holiday? I like to keep it healthy with my leftovers, so I found some great easy meals for Thanksgiving Leftovers Under 300 Calories:
And after dinner is over, I’m going to take a breather and go for a walk.