How to Craft the Perfect Thanksgiving Plate

Hi friends! Coach Courtney here!

It’s that time of year again, the great feast is approaching quickly. While some of us are ready to indulge, some of us may want to be strategic in our eating plans for the day. It’s easy to be intimidated by Thanksgiving, if you’re on a weight loss journey. Although understandable, it is completely unnecessary to! Over the years, I have finally figured out how to craft the most delicious and perfect Thanksgiving plate, while staying on track of course.

It may seem impossible, but there are ways to make things a little healthier this year and better yet, guilt free! Having a healthy plate does not mean taste needs to be sacrificed. This frame of mind can take you a long way- even unrelated to weight loss!

My first tip is to fill half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables. Think of carrots, green beans, or salad. You have more control over this if you’re the one doing the cooking, so get creative and pick some choices that everyone will love.

Next, add in your protein. I know that typically consists of turkey. Skinless and white meat is the way to go since it’s lower in calories and fat. Since half of your plate is filled with vegetables, dedicate a quarter of your plate to turkey. You’re already pretty close to a full (and healthy!!) plate, at this point!

Finish your plate off with your starches. There should be just enough room on your plate for a serving size of either sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes or stuffing. You could be adventurous and do a little bit of each if you want some variety!

Finally, let’s talk about sweets. I’ll say this up front… eat the pie! The pumpkin pie, apple pie, any baked goods in general… they all look divine! There’s no need to say no to them, but limit yourself to a small serving! Just be sure to factor in the proper amounts into your app, and there’s no need to stress.

Another great way to have a tracking friendly Thanksgiving is to pass on the alcohol. This will only add additional calories that aren’t needed or if you choose to, just have one or two and drink your water! Take it slow throughout your meal, savor and enjoy every bite. If you eat slower, you will ultimately chew your food better which in turn leads to optimal digestion and will make you feel fuller. This will help to skip the seconds.

Wishing you all a happy healthy Thanksgiving!