Serve a Healthier Holiday Menu everyone is sure to enjoy…Happy Thanksgiving!

By Kathy Siegel, RD, CDN and Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RD

We understand the struggles most experience around the holiday season.  How do you avoid over indulging?  We put together a few simple tips in addition to a sample holiday menu to help guide you towards making better choices.

Tips to manage your waistline on the big day:
1. Eat a balanced, nutrient rich breakfast full of protein and fiber. This will help to keep you full for hours while cooking or preparing for later in the day.

2. NEVER go to a party hungry!  Something as simple as a hard-boiled egg before leaving home, or prior to your guests’ arrival, will help you manage cravings, and increase your chance of making better choices at mealtime.

3. Stick to the 2 Tablespoon rule for indulgent treats.  Everyone has family favorites that are higher in calories than we would like.  Enjoying a spoonful or two will allow you to savor the flavor without overdoing it.

4. Go easy on the alcohol. Not only do cocktails contain a lot of calories, but they lower your inhibitions and you are likely to eat more.

The base of most of holiday dishes are nutritious, we just need to be more aware of portion sizes and cutting back on the amount of fat and sugar included in your recipes.  AND make sure to drink lots of water! Here are some NutritionBabes recipes to include in your festivities. Try one or several; let us know what your friends and family think!


Carrot, Butternut Squash Soup

Carrot-Ginger Soup with Greek Yogurt

Stuffed Mushrooms

Main Fare

Roasted Turkey with Cranberry-apple Chutney

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Shallots and Almonds

Sweet Potato and Pears

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Apple Stuffing

Sauteed Asparagus and Garlic


Pumpkin Pie Squares

Nutty Apple Cake

Carrot Muffins with Greek Yogurt and Cream Cheese Frosting

Apple Quinoa Bake

Gluten Free Brownie Bites


Sparkling water infused with cranberry and mint

Tip for the holiday
Start a new tradition that incorporates some exercise.  Think about a family football game, a walk after the festive meal or turn up the music and dance into the night!  Enjoy

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