The holidays are right around the corner, with Thanksgiving a just over a week away! You know what that means…. Delicious food and yummy treats are everywhere and especially on the holiday, foods that are tasty but not always good for our skinny jeans. Did you know that the average American gains 1-2 pounds during the holidays? Do you want to be a part of that statistic?! You don’t have to if you choose not to be!! Let me help you with some holiday season tips to help you enjoy the delicious foods while looking and feeling sexy in your skinny jeans! 🙂 It is not about removing yourself from big family dinners or not enjoying a special treats or two, it is all about making choices and a few minor tweaks
that can end up saving you tons of calories, in the end.
Share your own Healthy Baked Goods
Substitute Oils and butter in these recipes with apple sauce, banana puree or greek yogurt.
Go Dark over Milk Chocolate
Chocolate is one of our super foods so no need to disregard chocolate but use it in moderation and stick to >70% cocoa.
Choose light over Whole Milk & Whipping Cream
Lower fat milk or milk substitutes such as almond or coconut milk are great options. Using Non Fat Cool Whip over heavy whipped cream will reduce your calories greatly.
Replace Butter but butter options
Use healthier alternatives such as apple sauce or coconut oil. If you are using oil to line a cookie sheet, use a oil spray to ration out the amount used.
Be Smart with Salad Dressing!
Salads may seem super healthy, but just a tablespoon of some salad dressings can add up to 100 calories or more!! Rather than store bought, make your won!! Use lower calorie options such as lemon juice, flavored or wine vinegar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, mustards, etc.
Go Low Fat on the Cheese
Instead of the usual cheese, try reduced fat cheese. Guaranteed nobody will taste the difference!
Go Greek with Sour Cream, Mayonnaise
Use a plain fat free Greek yogurt–it has the same texture and similar flavor so go Greek!
Scrap the Gravy
Such a simple yet calorie saving tip! Place your gravy into the refrigerator before serving. Once it gets cold, scrap off the fat that collects at the top, defrost, and serve.
Cut your Trimmings
Make your meats leaner by removing the skin and fat before cooking and or eating.
Fill your Plate with Greens
Fill up half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables like salad, green beans, spinach, or broccoli. Then fill the rest with the other yummy Thanksgiving dishes.
Keep Portions in Check
Drink a large glass of water before you sit down to eat. Fill your belly with water and you are sure to eat less than an empty belly.
Low-Calorie Dessert Options
Angel food cake topped with light whip cream and fruit is a great low calorie dessert option.
Fruits & Light Whip Cream
Raw or baked fruits with a light whipped topping also make great healthy treat.
Eat the Inside, Leave the Crust.
Craving a piece of grandma’s pie? Shave off some calories and go for the insides and leave the crust behind.
Plenty of Water
Drink your water, enough said!! For a bit of extra flavor and bubbly, have sparkling water or club soda with fruit, for flavor.
Go light on Cocktails
Having an alcoholic beverage or two… Choose light beer, wine, or drinks made with no calorie mixers.
Sip for Sip
If you are having a drink, be sure to alternate between sips of water in-between sips of your beverage. This keeps you hydrated and likely to drink less.
Flavor without the Calories
Go for infused alcohol to get the flavor without having to use sugary deadly mixers.
Walk Off that Waddle
After your Thanksgiving meal, make it a point to get out and walk. Burn a few extra calories and just feel better to get out and move!