Thanksgiving is a favorite of food lovers, and why not? Each person has a dish or dishes that are a must for the holiday table. It is not Thanksgiving for me without sweet potato casserole and pecan pie. While I am sure these two dishes would not make the healthy food list according to the Surgeon General, substituting a baked yam and a Splenda-infused dessert just wouldn’t cut it.
However, it is very easy to overindulge in all that delicious food, and instead of enjoying the holidays, you may wind up with a giant case of indigestion. Here are four portion control tips at Thanksgiving:
Don’t Pig-Out at the Snack Table
It seems to be more of a tradition these days to put out bowls of snacks so you don’t starve to death waiting for the turkey to cook. If you’re lucky, there might be some healthy snacks such as nuts, or dried fruit. In any case, choose a favorite, and when you’re finished throw your paper plate away, so you won’t be tempted to make a return trip.
Eat Favorites First
Your plate can fill up very quickly when those holiday platters are passed around the table, so eat your favorites first. If mom’s creamy mashed potatoes and homemade yeast rolls are what makes your Thanksgiving brighter, enjoy every bite.
Take Small Portions
When you take small portions, you can enjoy a wider variety of food and not feel stuffed. Eat slowly and savor the different textures and tastes of your food. If you’re still not satisfied, you can always have a second helping.
Remember, you don’t have to eat all your favorites at one meal. It’s fun to create something different out of the leftovers. From the traditional turkey sandwich to something more creative like turkey hash or tetrazzini, there are more opportunities to indulge in holiday favorites.