TheFittChick helps you Skinny Your Thanksgiving…

Image“Thanksgiving has a way of tripping up even the most successful of dieters. This holiday marks a time of year in which overeating is “socially-sanctioned” and even expected. Fortunately, it’s not as hard as you think to have a guilt-free and pleasurable Thanksgiving meal. With a little pre-planning and a commitment to moderation, the holidays don’t have to sabotage your weight loss goals.”

 “If you’re committed to sticking with your diet this Thanksgiving holiday, you don’t have to miss out on all your favorites. The traditional Thanksgiving meal is usually filled with high-carb dinner rolls, fattening meats and sugary drinks, but there are some foods that won’t add inches to your waistline this year. Whether you’re on a Weight Watchers plan or just counting carbs for another year, here are some of the healthiest menu items for guilt-free indulging this Thanksgiving:

“Healthy Thanksgiving Food #1: Turkey without Gravy…
You really can keep up with your healthy intentions while enjoying the main attraction of the meal. White meat turkey sans the gravy is a great source of protein and will fill you up faster than loading up on goods from the bread basket. Just make sure you take off the fatty skin, and you’ll have a lean, diet-friendly entrée on your hands.

Healthy Thanksgiving Food #2: Sweet Potatoes…
If the host of the Thanksgiving meal has cooked up a simple side of boiled sweet potatoes, you’re in luck. Sweet potatoes with the skin contain high levels of antioxidants, potassium and fiber. They’re also fairly filling, which means you can stop an overeating session in its tracks. Just skip the extra seasonings – hold the butter and salt – to make the most of this healthy side.

Healthy Thanksgiving Food #3: Cranberry Sauce…
It’s an easy way to dress up that turkey-without-gravy and will give your Thanksgiving plate some balance with its sweet and tart taste. Cranberry sauce and fresh cranberries are also rich in antioxidants and fiber, and can help you enhance the flavors of other dishes on that platter.

Healthy Thanksgiving Food #4: Pumpkin Pie…
The actual pumpkin filling in a pumpkin pie is relatively low in calories and fat – it’s the crust that does a number on your diet. When you want to keep dessert healthy, just remove the crust and enjoy the rich and creamy pumpkin pie filling for dessert. Pumpkin is a valuable source of Vitamin A, and enjoying A FEW BITES of the filling will keep your diet in check.

Healthy Thanksgiving Food #5: Green Beans…
Nix the green bean casserole and look for a plate of steamed greens instead. Green beans are rich in fiber and low in calories; they may even be the best way to kick off your meal, filling you up before you have a chance to overindulge with the crowd. Skip the butter and extra seasonings to turn this into a truly healthy side.

The average Thanksgiving meal can clocks in at a whopping 3,000 calories per meal, but you can trim the calories and fat with a few tasty alternatives to the usual lineup. Load up on turkey, green beans and sweet potatoes this Thanksgiving so you can get through the holidays without gaining a single pound!….(by Sabah Karimi)

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