It's so easy to get swept up in an endless holiday season of poor eating choices. One can begin the week of Halloween with Peanut M&M's, mini-snickers and tootsie pops and roll right into weeks of Thanksgiving specialties including everything from stuffing to rich pies and home made breads. That can drop us right into an early Christmas holiday with cookies, candies, pies etc. etc. etc. If we try we can even stretch it through New Years and maybe even try to drag it on to Valentines day. A few holiday tips we can use to help us keep touch with reality during holidays:
1. Take some time to consider- How many days long is this holiday? While it may not seem like Halloween without a few Brach's pumpkins we really don't need to eat them (as well as any leftover Halloween candy) over several days. And while your favorite Thanksgiving treat might be Aunt Mabel's pumpkin roll you might be able to satisfy yourself with one slowly savored slice- rather than noshing on it for a week after the holiday. As we have tried to do throughout this competition- plan your sugar days and include those most scrumptious and special treats but don't let those traditional holiday goodies multiply into many days and thousands of calories.
2. Plan now how to include those things that can bring such peace if you make a spot for them in your busier holiday schedules: daily exercise, a clear glass of chilled water, fresh fruit and vegetables etc. etc.
3. While you will want to include the very best of your traditional holiday dishes spend some time thinking about whether any of those dishes can be modified to be a bit healthier or whether you can supplement your usual fair with a few healthy add ons.
And so what is our challenge for next week?
Make a plan for a healthier thanksgiving by either planning at least one healthy recipe that you will add to your holiday fare or by reworking and revamping a recipe you traditionally serve into a healthier format. Share the recipe or details or your new or revamped dish with the group through e-mail or on this blog. By completing this you will earn the entire 35 bonus points for the week!
And by the way I am planning to make the turkey pictured above. We are traveling to North Carolina for Thanksgiving and I know that if I buy all of the veggies to make this veggie platter I will be able to use them to supplement all of the dishes that will be served while we are traveling. It always helps me so much to fill up on raw fruits and veggies so that my hunger doesn't push me to overeat the more calorie laden dishes. I just like to be very full!