1.Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity in before the meal. Raking leaves, vacuuming, and taking a family walk are some easy ideas.
2. Eat a high-fiber breakfast and lunch so that you are well fueled going into the big feast.
3. Pop a piece of sugarless gum, savor a sugarless mint, or rinse with strong mouthwash before and after the thanksgiving meal to avoid mindless munching during cooking and clean-up.
4. Be selective about sweets! Choose a small portion of the dessert that is most appealing to you, make it last for five minutes if you can, and enjoy every bite!
5. Get back on track! Don’t let one evening of overindulgence get you down. Simply return to your normal healthy eating and exercise plan the very next day. Give away leftover sweets and high-calorie dishes, but keep the skinless turkey and veggies around until they’re gone.
Cinnamon Roasted Carrots
A perfect Thanksgiving side dish that you can have seconds of.
• 12 carrots
• Olive oil flavored cooking spray
• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 2 tsp dried thyme or dill
• ¼ tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
If the carrots are thick, cut them in half lengthwise; if not, leave whole. Slice the carrots diagonally in 1 1/2-inch-thick slices. (The carrots will shrink while cooking so make the slices big.)
Place on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining ingredients and toss with your hands. Transfer to a sheet pan in 1 layer and roast in the oven for 20 minutes, until browned and tender.
1 cup = 40 calories; high in Vitamin A, potassium, manganese, thiamin, fiber, Vitamins C and B6