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Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

healthy Thanksgiving tips

A Healthy Thanksgiving is achievable with a little prep work and a few healthy Thanksgiving tips! Avoid the guilt by trying these healthy Thanksgiving tips:

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING TIP  #1: Whether your Thanksgiving meal is at noon or at night, always eat a healthy meal in the morning to avoid overeating later in the day. Try a bowl of oatmeal with raisins or an egg white omelet with veggies. Arriving at your Thanksgiving meal with an empty stomach will only lead to overeating and guilt.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING TIP  #2: Workout before going to Thanksgiving dinner or if Thanksgiving is at your house, put the turkey in the oven and then jump on the treadmill or put on a workout DVD. Exercise will improve your mood and help you make better eating choices later in the day. Also, if the weather permits, take a family walk AFTER dinner as well.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING TIP  #3: If Thanksgiving is at your home, try for healthier menu options such as removing the skin from your turkey, substitute regular butter and cheese for the low-fat versions, use egg whites instead of whole eggs or try low-fat plain yogurt instead of sour cream. Also, remember to offer several healthier side dishes such as steamed veggies or a green salad.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING TIP  #4: If Thanksgiving dinner is not at your home, offer to bring a side that you know will go well with your diet. That way you will know that there will be at least one item on the menu that you can eat. Offer to bring a veggie tray, steamed carrots or a big green salad.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING TIP  #5: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep your stomach full. Avoid caffeine and alcohol that can dehydrate you and cause you to overeat.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING TIP  #6: Remember portion sizes. A serving of turkey should be no larger than the palm of your hand. Opt for a small spoonful of high-calorie foods such as candied yams or cranberry sauce and pile your plate high with foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. When it comes to dessert, only enjoy one small helping of your favorite or opt for fresh fruit instead.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING TIP  #7: Don’t nibble on appetizers beforehand. You would be amazed how many calories you can mindlessly eat before even sitting down to dinner!

Remember, food does not need to be the main focus of your Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is about enjoying friends and family and being thankful for all the many blessings throughout the year.

Click here for some healthy Thanksgiving Recipes.

Healthy Halloween Ideas

healthy halloween ideasHealthy Halloween ideas does not have to be an oxymoron!!

It is possible to have fun and still have a healthy Halloween food, costumes and decorations!

Here are a few tips:

1. Never send the kids out trick or treating without a healthy meal first. The temptation is greater when stomachs are empty!

2. Instead of candy, try passing out small boxes of raisins, small packages of pretzels, organic fruit snacks, Halloween stickers, pencils, spider rings or other small toys. Many of these small toys go on sale right after Halloween. So, be on the lookout and stock-up for next year!

3. Determine BEFORE trick-or-treating how much candy your children may eat so there are no surprises once everyone is home with a bag full of candy.

For example, make a rule that each child may have 3 pieces of candy as soon as they arrive home and then put the candy out of sight.

Determine how much is allowed the following days as an after school treat or after dinner dessert. (And while you are at it, make a rule that YOU are not sneaking any of your children’s candy this year either!)

4. Make your Halloween “green” by using natural products such as pumpkins, gourds, and corn husks for decorating instead of plastic or paper decorations.

5. Avoid face-paint, nail polishes, colored hairsprays and other items that may contain high levels of lead and other toxic ingredients. (See the Environmental Working Group’s website for a complete list here)

6. Make fun Halloween recipes from healthy foods like carrot finger-food , a melon brain or apple slice teeth! Find all these recipes and more healthy Halloween food ideas here!

Remember, Halloween should be a fun for the whole family and can build memories for a lifetime. So, enjoy the day and remember to take plenty of pictures!

Healthy Easter Baskets

Healthy Easter BasketsLooking to create healthy Easter Baskets for your family? Here are a few ideas that at are delicious, fun AND healthy:

1. Instead of traditional candy, why not add fun stickers, stuffed animals, craft kits, sunglasses, hair bows, washable markers or paints, bubbles, board games or sidewalk chalk to your kids’ baskets? Try shopping at a dollar store or the $1 bins at Target for some unusual and inexpensive items that your kids will love!

2. Create a theme basket perfect for your child’s interests! Does your child love sports? Why not purchase tickets to a sporting event or a new piece of equipment? Does your child love gardening? Add some seeds and gloves to the basket. Or if you have a little dancer, add some adorable dance items. Not only will it be a healthier basket, your child will also be able to appreciate the items longer than just Easter Sunday!

3. If you really want to add a few sweet treats to your healthy Easter baskets, look for organic and natural candies and chocolates. (Our family loves Yummy Earth!) Or how about cut fun shapes out of fresh fruit and add to a sucker stick to decorate the basket? (We usually use melons and berries and keep in the fridge until Easter morning!)

Or how about make your own candy as a family!

 

Here’s a great recipe we found for homemade Peanut Butter Cups:

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

- 2 cups dark chocolate chips

- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter or almond butter

- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

- 1/2 Tbsp vanilla

- 1/8 tsp powdered Stevia

- 1/4 cup oat flour

- Mini cupcake liners

- Small, clean paint brush

Directions:

- In a double boiler, heat chocolate chips until melted. In a separate bowl, stir together the peanut butter, coconut oil, vanilla and Stevia. Then add the oat flour slowly while stirring.

- Stir the melted chocolate. When it is melted and shiny, you can begin making the candy.

- Use your paintbrush to paint the bottom and sides of your candy mold. Make sure you cover the bottom of the liner completely.

- Place your chocolate-painted cupcake liners in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Then remove them and begin filling it with your sweet peanut butter mixture, being sure to leave at least ½” in the top. The rest of your melted chocolate can remain on the stove this entire time.

- Once the peanut butter layer has set up in the freezer, pull it out to add your final layer. Cool again before popping out of the liners and eating!

(Recipe adapted from here.)

Here are a few other great vegan recipes to try: Vegan Dessert: Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Crisp Balls

How do you plan on creating a healthy Easter baskets?