HEALTHY HOLIDAY EATING TIPS
Fabulous Foods reader and Wellness Consultant Lori Thibideau wrote in with some terrific tips to help get your through the upcoming bacchanalia of holidays feasts.
Lori has been teaching the secrets of healthy living for more than 20 years. After struggling with her weight from age 10, she finally decided to get off the diet rollercoaster. She stopped dieting and learned to eat three balanced meals a day plus snacks when hungry. With 40 excess pounds permanently gone, her weight is no longer the focus of her life. With a background in Human Behavior, Counseling, and Nutrition, Lori now finds joy in helping other people make the simple lifestyle changes that result in long-term weight loss and a healthier approach to daily living. Thank you so much Lori for taking the time to share these terrific healthy eating tips with all the Fabulous Foodies.
1. Don't stuff the turkey with the dressing, as it absorbs much of the fat. Bake it in a covered casserole instead.
2. Sauté onions and celery in a small amount of butter/margarine, i.e., 1 tablespoon. Use chicken or turkey broth for additional moisture.
3. Roast the turkey on a rack so the fat drips away from the bird.
4. Use a fat separator for the roasting pan juices and skim off all fat before making the gravy. I use a dry package of turkey gravy mix for added flavor and thickening.
1. Make pumpkin pies with canned, evaporated, skimmed milk.
2. Use half the amount of sugar in the recipe - SUBSTITUTE BROWN SUGAR FOR THE WHITE, as it's more flavorful.
3. Use more spices than the recipe suggests. I double the amount.
4. Use light or fat free whipped topping.
5. If more than one choice of pie is offered after the meal, choose ONE, not a bit of each - always choose the one that "rings your bell" (a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10).
6. Eat the filling of the pie and just a bit or none of the high fat crust. Cover the crust with a napkin so you won't nibble on the crust.
1. Mash the potatoes with chicken broth and canned, evaporated, skimmed milk. HOLD THE BUTTER - NO ONE WILL NOTICE!
2. Use pineapple and/or orange juice thickened with cornstarch as a glaze for carrots or sweet potatoes. (I add a pinch of pumpkin pie spice to the glaze.)
1. Sprinkle hot vegetables with dill for flavor instead of butter.
2. Use low fat canned cream soup in the traditional green bean casserole.
3. Use all fruit spreads on rolls vs. butter or margarine OR, SKIP THE ROLLS due to so many other "bread" items, i.e., stuffing, sweet potatoes, whipped potatoes, etc.
4. Use the 1-10 rating system during Thanksgiving dinner. Rate each food that is passed on a 1-10 scale - 1, not appealing - 10, WOW, my favorite! Eat only 9's and 10's. Pass up the rest!
5. Don't skip meals before the big meal that day. You'll be too hungry and may overeat. Treat it as a regular day - 3 meals and fruit snacks.
6. Begin the meal with a salad. You'll eat less during dinner.
7. After dinner, go for a long walk!