Thanksgiving is just around the corner which means family friends and of course a big old feast with some amazing home cooked food.
The average American consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving and 229 grams of fat. So when your uncle Ron challenges you to an eating contest don't take him up on it! Yes it is one day but don’t let that roll into your next week and until Christmas taking some extra precautions to set you up to indulge, yet not kill your insides is easy and a must do to stay on track during the holidays.
Yes, it is one day but don’t let that roll into 2 then your next week and until Christmas. Taking some precautions on how to indulge, yet not kill your diet is easy and a must do to stay on track during the holidays.
Some tips I have for you:
1. Do not skip breakfast. Just because you're going to eat so much during dinner doesn’t mean you should skip breakfast. Eat a good breakfast with protein, some good carbs and fat. I always suggest a few eggs with a cup of oatmeal. This will help you stay full longer preventing you from overeating in one sitting.
2. Start your Thanksgiving morning off with a workout. We live in Portland so there are many gyms that have a Thanksgive day workout. Our friends at Firebrand have a great Turkey day workout. And if none of that sounds exciting hit the pavement and go for a run.
3. Stay hydrated! no this does not mean with a bottle of wine but with water. I always say one glass of water for every glass of alcohol. This will help you to stay hydrated and curb the cravings to overeat.
4. Know yourself! You know when you are stuffed this isn’t a contest you don’t win anything for eating the most when you are full, put down the fork and let your stomach digest. If you are still hungry in 20 minutes then go back for more if not great have some leftovers tomorrow.
5. Don’t deprive yourself of dessert. It's okay you can have a slice of pie just not ten. Keep it minimal but don’t deny yourself dessert. Remember you don’t have to eat it all. If your full stop.
Here's a healthy sweetpotatoe maple pecan casserole you can make this Thanksgiving
Maple Pecan Toppings
· 3 tablespoons maple syrup
· 6 tablespoon almond flower
· 1 ½ tablespoon melted vegan butter
· ¾ cup pecans coarsely chopped
Sweet potato casserole
· 3.3 pounds sweet potato
· 3 tablespoons brown sugar
· 3 tablespoons maple syrup
· ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
· 6 tablespoons coconut oil
· 6 tablespoons vegan butter
· 1 teaspoon cinnamon
· ½ teaspoon salt
Maple Pecan Topping
1. While sweet potato is boiling or right before, mix all the ingredients for the maple pecan topping together and set aside until needed.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a casserole dish. Set aside.
3. In a 4 QT pot of boiling water, boil the sweet potato for 20 minutes until fork soft.
4. When the sweet potato is finished boiling, drain and mash. Add the rest of the ingredients and using the potato masher, mix all the ingredients together until they are incorporated, about 2 minutes of mashing.
5. Spoon sweet potato mix into the casserole dish and top with the Maple Pecan topping.
6. Bake for 30 minutes (check that nuts don't burn - if they are browning too quickly cover with foil) then remove from oven. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then serve.