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Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner

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Thanksgiving is almost here, and you’re likely already planning your feast. Celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends by enjoying a big dinner is a common tradition, but just because it’s a holiday, that doesn’t mean you have to go overboard on unhealthy carbs and sugary sweets. Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner without throwing your health goals out the window. Follow these tips for a healthy and enjoyable Thanksgiving dinner:

  1. Select a healthy turkey

    Unfortunately, purchasing meat at your local supermarket likely means supporting a factory farm food system that promotes widespread contamination and poor health, for animals and humans alike. If turkey is on your Thanksgiving menu, like many others, choose a pasture-raised turkey from a local, and preferably organic, farm.

  2. Be mindful of your portion sizes

    When it comes to turkey, white meat is typically more popular than dark meat. However, from a nutrition standpoint, the dark meat is preferable, as it's higher in healthful fat and slightly lower in protein.

  3. Avoid heavy carbohydrates

    Food items best avoided include stuffing and bread. If you want something starchy with your (ideally organic) meat and vegetables, replace the stuffing with organic potatoes instead. Looking for a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes. Try these recipes.

  4. Go for a walk

    A brisk walk after your meal has several significant benefits. First, it will get you away from the food, making it less likely that you'll help yourself to seconds or overindulge in dessert upon your return. Second, while supporting your digestion and metabolism, the physical activity will help to lower your blood sugar levels and insulin.

  5. Choose a healthier dessert

While your healthiest option is to skip dessert altogether, that option may put a damper on the festivities, so what are the alternatives? A homemade pumpkin pie might do the trick; just go easy on the sugar. If you’re looking for a healthy dessert recipe, try this keto, no-bake pumpkin pie cheesecake.