A Healthier Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things we are thankful for in our lives. But it is also a holiday that revolves entirely around food. If a post Thanksgiving dinner nap is part of your routine because you eat so much that you feel groggy and tired, you may want to rethink your routine to work in some of these suggestions:

Don't Skip Meals to Save Room for Thanksgiving Dinner

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it kick starts your metabolism, very important on Thanksgiving since you are going to be eating such a large meal. It might seem silly to eat a full breakfast when you know you are going to be sitting down for a huge dinner later. However, this will help to keep the portions on your dinner plate a bit smaller and more manageable. Try a veggie omelet or yogurt and granola if you want to keep it light.

Don't go straight from the dinner table to the couch

You might be on table clearing duty or dish duty, but your next move after helping with cleanup should be to go on a walk. Even if just for 10 minutes, this will help to boost your energy.

Work in Some Healthy Alternatives

I'm not suggesting you throw tradition by the way-side, but if you wan work some healthy alternatives in to add some nutrition into your meal, you'll notice a difference in your energy. Try mashed cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes, and whenever possible avoid using canned goods.

These minor changes will keep you feeling thankful well beyond Thanksgiving! Got any more to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below.