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10 tips for a healthy Turkey Day

There is much to enjoy about Thanksgiving Day and weekend. Many families include healthy rituals in their holiday routine. Here are 10 ways to make your Turkey Day a little bit healthier.

  • Huff and puff before you stuff! Wake up earlier during the holiday weekend to fit in a run, dance class or your favorite form of exercise.
  • Serve a healthy appetizer while the turkey cooks. Set out fresh cut veggies and savory yogurt-based dips as well as fruit so the “snackers” get some veggie and fruit servings before the big meal.
  • Play games with the family. Studies have shown that families who participate in recreational activities together experience stronger bonds, better friendships and improved communication. Another study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that playing video games – especially with your daughter – can be good for your children as opposed to them playing alone.
  • Cook a healthy side dish to ensure your meal has vitamins and nutrients. Healthy, lower-calorie options for Thanksgiving sides will satisfy your taste buds without packing on the pounds.
  • Plant a tree for the environment and show gratitude for your natural surroundings. Start a new tradition: get outside and plant a tree with your family, adding one each year.
  • Skip the sugary drinks. A study conducted by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center found that women who consumed more than two sugary drinks per day over a five-year period were at higher risk for heart disease – even if they did not gain weight. Stay hydrated instead by drinking plenty of water or unsweetened tea and coffee.
  • Stay awhile at the table. Take time to eat slowly. Did you know that it takes 20 minutes before your brain realizes that your stomach is full? By slowing down, you may realize you don’t need that second helping of mashed potatoes – and you’ll save yourself some calories in the process.
  • Dessert can be delicious and nutritious. When selecting dessert for the big feast, look for recipes that cut down on fat and calorie content with healthy ingredient substitutes.
  • Host a “Turkey Bowl.” Divide up your guests and play a fun game of tag football.
  • Pack up those leftovers right away to avoid food-borne illnesses like E. coli or salmonella.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

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