What To Eat On Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a fantastic holiday where families get together for dinner to celebrate what they’re thankful for. It’s a wonderful day where a lot of food is served. The goal of this post is to share with you the best foods that you should be preparing for the holiday. There are a lot of good and bad foods to watch out for.

Celebrating a clean thanksgiving isn’t as hard as you may think. Making the right decisions about the foods you’re going to be eating or preparing make the biggest difference. I’ll share what foods you should be eating on thanksgiving along with a couple foods that you should stay away from.

Thanksgiving Food #1 To Eat: Turkey

turkeyTurkey is a phenomenal source of protein and it’s a very clean food that you can eat. For the holiday my family and I choose an organic turkey since it’s the highest quality turkey that you can buy. If you choose a normal turkey that will also be fine. Turkey in general is a great food to eat.

It’s even better when you use organic ingredients to put the gravy together. Depending on the ingredients of your gravy recipe you may want to watch your serving size of gravy because some recipes call for flour, which can cause your health and weight loss results to stumble.

Thanksgiving Food #2 To Eat: Broccoli & Carrots

broccolicarrotsSteamed broccoli and carrots are my next favorite choice of food to eat on Thanksgiving. Veggies have lots of vitamins and nutrients that help nourish our bodies. Veggies are one of those foods that you can eat as much of you want because it’s very hard to overeat veggies.

Veggies are very low calorie and they taste great if you top them with some organic butter for taste. Sometimes I like to add a little bit of coconut sugar to my carrots to give them some more flavor. Avoid adding any processed ingredients like brown sugar, sauces, or processed ingredients.

Thanksgiving Food #3 To Eat: Acorn Squash

acornThis is one of my all time favorites. What I like to do with my acorn squash is slice it in half, take the seeds out, and add butter, and a little coconut palm sugar. Then I bake the acorn squash for 1 hour in the oven at 400 degrees F.

This is a super easy way to make a side dish for your guests and it’s a healthy whole food to eat. If one of the options you have at dinner with your family is acorn squash, it’s a smart decision to eat it. Acorn squash has fiber and lots of healthy vitamins, which make it a great decision for the holiday.

Thanksgiving Food #4 To Eat: Sweet Potatoes

sweetpotatoBaking sweet potatoes is another great option to serve your guests. It’s easy to make sweet potatoes and it’s a delicious food to serve. You can bake the sweet potatoes and serve the halves of the potatoes, or you can take it to the next step and mash all the sweet potatoes you bake. When I mash my sweet potatoes I like to add some organic butter to them.

This is a delicious dish that all of your guests will love. You’ll also love this dish if you’re the guest of a Thanksgiving party. Sweet potatoes have a ton of potassium, some protein, vitamins, and fiber. This is a great food to eat on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Foods To Avoid

Now that you know some of the best foods that you an eat on Thanksgiving, let me share some foods that you should be careful of. These foods if avoided, will help you maintain your health and help you survive your Thanksgiving.

The foods you’ll want to watch out for are bread, salad dressings, too much alcohol, spam, mayonnaise, too much dessert, or any processed foods that come from a can. Stick to the foods that you know all of the ingredients too.

If you know all of the ingredients to the foods you’re eating then you will be in a good position to make smart eating decisions. All of the foods and ideas I recommended in the good foods section are easy to identify. You also know all of the ingredients associated with the foods I recommend eating, which is a big plus.

How Much Can I Eat?

This is another point that I want to make about Thanksgiving. You should only eat until you feel satisfied. If you eat more, then you’ll likely gain weight. Once you finish your first plate, talk with your family for 40-50 minutes before getting up for a second plate. It’s a smart decision to eat slowly instead of quickly. Eating slower will fill you up.

Always be sure to drink water with your meal. This will also fill you up and help you eat a reasonable portion size. After an hour has past since your first meal, you can grab a second if you desire. Desserts are another factor I wanted to talk about.

Eat a small portion of dessert if it’s being served. Desserts have a ton of sugar in them and they’re where most of the weight gain will come from during Thanksgiving. Think about what you’re eating and make smart eating decisions and you will have a wonderful and enjoyable holiday, without the health issues.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving?

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Matt Green is a health and fitness expert who trains clients and helps anyone achieve the health and fitness goals they are reaching for. Matt has been into health and wellness for over 13 years. For more information please check out his short bio
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