Thanksgiving is amazing, but it can be tempting to overindulge. However, it is easy to have a healthy and balanced plate when you sit down to your Thanksgiving feast. Using the MyPlate model is a helpful tool to keep your Thanksgiving meal well-balanced.
- Half your Plate-
There are plenty of delicious holiday sides to add more fruits and veggies to your Thanksgiving plate without sacrificing fun and flavor! Remember that half your plate should be fruits and vegetables.
- Include Whole Grains-
Serving whole grain rolls in place of white rolls or using whole grain bread in stuffing are just a few ways to add more whole grain to your thanksgiving table, but feel free to find creative ways to include whole grains in thanksgiving dinner. Half of your grains should be whole grains.
- Limit Sugar and Saturated Fat-
Choosing holiday recipes with less sugar and fat can leave room in your meal for more nutritious foods. It is important to limit added sugars and saturated fat for a healthy diet. Choosing lower fat dairy products such as low fat milk, limiting butter in your side dishes, and removing the skin from the turkey before serving are a few ways to decrease saturated fat at your thanksgiving table.
Eating healthy is important all year round including the holiday season!