5 Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s sure to be a tempting time for some most of us. This year is particularly tough for me as there is a current Lose it Nigerian challenge going on that I am fully participating in. Don’t get me wrong, I fully intend to cook for thanksgiving this year, unlike last year when I made this incredible whole turkey that was generously spiced with suya, I will be making fried peppered  turkey with a side of fried rice this year. I intend to save some turkey breast for myself to use in a healthy sweet and spicy stir-fry.

Whether you are cooking or visiting someone else for thanksgiving, there are ways to ensure you do not derail your weight-loss goals.


Here are my top 5 tips for staying on track

Eat before you eat

That’s right; if you know you are not going to be faced with healthy options, have a meal before you head out. This will reduce the total amount of  unhealthy food you end up consuming.


Stick with safe options

Focus your plate around vegetable sides and protein. Ignore the rice, mashed potatoes, stuffing etc. Protein and vegetables are naturally lower in calories that carbohydrate based dishes.


Stay away from the dessert table

This doesn’t mean you cannot have a sweet treat. If thanksgiving is happening at yours, banana icecream with shaved 70-80% dark chocolate should definitely be on the table. If you are going off to someone else, carry 1-oz of dark chocolate with you. On average that will be 130 calories of sweet treat compared to 800 calories of  a typical pie.


Water is king

Don’t even think about having anything but water. No pop, no sugary juice, no no no. Drink water, make it sparking water if you are feeling particularly fancy.


Burn It

If the thought of doing any of the things listed above literally brought tears to your eyes, then you need to burn the calories before you go. How does 1200 calories sound? That’s at least 2 hours of rigorous physical activity. Play squash, swim laps, go for a run and spend some time on the elliptical. Make sure you track your activities with an app so you know you have actually burnt the calories and you can have a guilt free supper.


Happy thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy time with friends and family. Muah muah.


5 Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

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Serves: 4

  • Dark Chocolate Banana Nice cream
  • ½ oz 70-80% dark chocolate – shaved
  • 2 large bananas (chop into chunks and freeze)
  • ¼ cup Greek plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  1. Remove frozen bananas from the freezer and empty into a food processor or nutri bullet. Process until smooth.
  2. Add in yoghurt and honey. Process until just combined.

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