This week, I received the following question from http://foodpicker.org
My husband was diagnosed with diabetes as few months ago and has been working hard to lose weight and control his blood sugar. Each year we have a family gathering for thanksgiving that includes lots of food (large turkey dinner with all the trimmings and assorted pies & cakes for dessert). What are your suggestions to ensure my husband doesn’t overeat but also does not feel deprived this thanksgiving? -Martha T.
Thanksgiving is absolutely my favorite Holiday of the year! I love being with my family, being surrounded by delicious food, and spending a very relaxing day at home.
All that food on Thanksgiving day can be a caloric bomb! There are so many great pies, cakes, gravies, stuffing with which you can fill your stomach!
On the other hand, there are so many great and healthy choices to eat on Turkey day. Turkey, if not covered in gravy, is such a great protein choice. It is low in fat, calories, and cholesterol. Make sure when you choose a piece of turkey meat, however, that it is white meat. Choose the breast meat. It is the lowest in fat and calories compared to the dark, leg meat.
Instead of having mashed potatoes with gravy on Thanksgiving, a great, and I think more delicious option, is a baked sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, magnesium, fiber, potassium, iron, and the list goes on and on. Most importantly, sweet potatoes have so much more flavor than a simple white potato. When you make mashed white potatoes, they are usually loaded up with butter and you want to pour gravy or sour cream all over them just to add flavor. Sweet potatoes on the other hand are so delicious plain. You could also mash them up with a pinch of cinnamon for even better fall flavor.
Vegetables are also overly abundant on my Thanksgiving table. Steamed green beans, fresh corn, large salads, and more are always present. Load 3/4 of your plate with these great, vitamin rich vegetables. Just make sure you don’t cover them in butter. Keep them as simple as possible, they are great as they are!
Instead of buying canned cranberry sauce, which is high in calories, sugar, and carbohydrates, make it yourself. It is so much fresher and more delicious than the cylinder that falls out of the can. It is a great way to get a serving of fruit in a much healthier way!
Also remember, everything is okay in moderation. If this is the one day a year you really let yourself have a little something extra. That’s okay! Don’t cut yourself a huge slab of pie, but reward yourself with a little sliver. If you completely deny yourself of the deliciousness that is dessert, you are more susceptible to binge on pie later in the day. Allow yourself a little breathing room.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Eating!!