How you can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner and still make healthy choices

You've worked hard during Temple Challenge 8 and there's no reason to let one day throw you completely off track! So this Thanksgiving, focus on being thankful for an abundance of food, family and friends and don't let the food choices overwhelm you. Making a few simple adjustments should allow you to enjoy the day and not feel miserable when it's over! 

Make the best food choices you can while still enjoying the day.

Which Is the Skinnier Pick: White or Dark Meat (Turkey)?

White meat. Per 3 ounces, opting for the “white” turkey breasts over the “dark” meat will save you 50 calories and 4 grams of fat: 115 calories and 7 grams of fat versus 160 calories and 11 grams of fat, respectively.

Stacy recommends just having salmon, of course! 

Which Is the Skinnier Pick: Green Bean Casserole or Sweet Potato Casserole

Even with its creamy mushroom soup and crispy fried onions, traditional green bean casserole (161 calories, 9 g fat per ¾ cup) is a lighter pick than sweet potato casserole (285 calories, 5 g fat per ¾ cup). Part of the reason is that green beans are so low-cal to start. That said, the starchier sweet potato is full of good-for-you nutrients, including beta-carotene, a potent antioxidant, and a precursor to vitamin A.

Which Is the Skinnier Pick: Pumpkin or Apple Pie?

At 316 calories and 14 g of fat per slice (1/8 of a 9-inch pie), pumpkin is a slimmer choice than apple, which will cost you 411 calories and 19 g of fat for that same-size slice. One explanation for the higher calorie count: the double crust. Another bonus of picking the pumpkin: whipped topping has significantly fewer calories and less fat than the vanilla ice cream often served atop apple.

Which Is the Skinnier Pick: Traditional Sausage Stuffing or a Dinner Roll with Butter?

If you’re all about the calories, go for the dinner roll with a pat of butter, which will set you back 140 calories and 4.5 g fat, versus the 371 calories and 19 g of fat you’ll gobble down in ¾ cup of the stuffing. But if you love stuffing, go for it—maybe just go for a smaller serving—Thanksgiving comes but once a year, after all.

Which Is the Skinnier Turkey Topper: Jellied Cranberries or Gravy?

Surprise! Gravy is actually the skinnier selection in this case. Per ¼ cup, gravy delivers about 30 calories and 1.5 g fat, versus the cranberries, with 110 calories (and 0 g fat) per ¼ cup. Why so high? Lots of added sugars.

Source: Eating Well, Nicci Micco, Editor-at-Large


Drink choices are equally important

  • Drinking water throughout the morning will help you keep from snacking until dinner is ready and help you realize you're not starving.
  • Looking for something other than plain water? The best drink choices are carbonated water, protein drinks, and if you're feeling really crazy, COCONUT WATER.
  • Eggnog and alcohol are among some of the worst drink choices you can make. 

The KEY: don't drink your calories from liquids! 

Work in exercise throughout the day!

Complete this list of exercises by the end of the day, broken up into as many sections as you choose. Do 20 squats in between chopping an onion and peeling potatoes, or cram in some push-ups while the stuffing is baking. Easy as pie, right? Keep a tally as you go.

Thanksgiving Fitness Challenge

  • 250 squats
  • 200 push-ups
  • 150 burpees
  • 100 crunches / abs of choice
  • 75 hip in and outs
  • 50 leg raises
  • 25 V-ups
  • TC November Planksgiving Challenge - 5:45

No matter what you end up eating or drinking, get back to Temple Challenge on Friday, November 24th, and back to your regular workout schedule on Monday! With only a few weeks left in TC 8, you want to finish strong! 

Thanks for being a part of the Temple Challenge family! We're thankful for you! 



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