Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tips & Tricks for a Healthy Thanksgiving, No Really it's Possible!

Yes we get it. Thanksgiving is that one holiday when lets face it, you eat 'till you drop. Unfortunately, an endless evening of fattening, face-stuffing, belly-popping, sleep-inducing food might not be the best idea in terms of a little thing we like to call your health. Even if it is only a once year a thing.

Which is why we've scoured the web for some Healthy Thanksgiving Tips and Alternatives:

1.Bring your own dish: By bringing your own dish, you don't necessarily need to stick to traditional thanksgiving food and you have an alternative on what to eat. You should choose to make something that is low in fat, that is full of vegetables and that will help keep you healthy during your stay at the relatives. [Source]

2. Don't Eat on an Empty Stomach: According to Chef Kyle Shadix, a culinary instructor with The Art Institute of New York City, one of the most effective ways to not stuff yourself stick is to not let yourself starve before the turkey carving begins. "Never head to a meal you know is going to be big on an empty stomach," he says. Chef Shadix suggests nibbling on low fat dips, yogurt and fat free sour cream before the big meal. [Source]

3. Cranberries: Not only do the precious red berries add a splash of color to your holiday meal, they pack a powerful punchw hen it comes to antioxidants. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that ranked the antioxidant value of a variety of fruits, cranberries come out on top. Compared with 19 common fruits, cranberries had the highest level of antioxidants - even more than blueberries. Antioxidants are compounds that protect the cells from damage and may help prevent disease, including cancer. [Source]