Your Friday Feature: 5 Tips for a Healthy, Happy Thanksgiving!

Keep the holidays healthy with these 5 simple Thanksgiving healthy tips!

Ah, Thanksgiving: the air is fresh, the colours are vibrant, and our plates are full – both with busy schedules and hearty fall fare. For many people, the holiday season brings more than joy – it can also bring unwanted pounds!

Whether it’s your mom’s special casserole or Aunt Judy’s double fudge dessert, it can be tough to pass up those favourite holiday foods you only get to enjoy once a year.

So, what can you do to avoid weight gain and stay well – and still celebrate the season?

Try these simple healthy tips!

1.) Drink water all day long to stay hydrated.

It’s easy to confuse hunger with thirst. If you’re going to someone else’s house for Thanksgiving, ask for a glass of water once you arrive to help you feel full and avoid overindulging. And don’t head straight for the food – make a point of greeting friends or introducing yourself to new people.

2.) Eat your veggies first.

Fill half of your plate with vegetables. They tend to be low in calories and packed with nutrients. Just go lightly on high-calorie vegetable dishes covered in cheese or heavy sauces.

3.) Transform your traditional recipes.

Whether you’re preparing the full nine yards or just a simple side dish for the family affair, switch out the unhealthy options by adding flavour instead of fats with fresh herbs and garlic, using gluten free or dairy free alternatives where you can, and preparing fresh fruit desserts and low-glycemic baking instead of traditional calorie-loaded treats.

4.) Try some bubbly Kombucha instead of booze.

We all know alcohol can add on unwanted calories. Kombucha is a fabulous, fermented alternative that tastes delicious and provides enzymes and probiotics to keep your tummy happy after that big heavy meal!

5.) Take a post-dinner stroll.

Instead of heading straight to the couch for a snooze, lace up your sneakers and head outside for a brisk walk. Spend time with your family while burning off calories!

Celebrate without compromising your health!

Whatever your plans are this holiday season, there’s no reason to give up the good health you’ve worked hard to attain over during the past Spring and Summer seasons. By using these simple tips, and the good practices you’ve developed, you’ll create great memories that will last a lifetime!

And don’t forget; you can learn even more great healthy tips alongside one of our registered holistic nutritionists on a FREE Store Tour!

Until then, Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

-Your Friends @ Nature’s