1. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water throughout the day, as well as the day after. Water can help reduce bloating and aid in digestion, which is pretty typical after eating a holiday meal!
It can also be helpful to drink a glass of water before you eat. It will make you feel more full, satisfied, and avoid going back for seconds.
2. Feel free to try ALL of the tasty Thanksgiving dishes, but aim for smaller portions of each. Having a small serving of everything allows you to hit all of those taste buds while avoiding the extra calories and the uncomfortably full feeling afterwards.
3. Avoid skipping your workouts and try to stay moving throughout the day. Starting your day with a workout will burn extra calories, give you more energy, and help your body burn up all of that food you are about to enjoy!
When trying to hit body goals, it’s important to keep workouts on track, especially if you plan to enjoy all of the side dishes, dessert, and maybe even an adult beverage.
After dinner it can be helpful to get moving to avoid that bloated, full feeling. Take the family out for a walk, play a game or two of charades, or maybe even hit the gym!
4. Choose ONE slice of dessert, rather than taste testing every dessert on the table. Let’s be real, there is a lot of sugar and excess calories in Thanksgiving desserts. Indulging in all of them is not going to help you hit your goals. Just make sure you fully enjoy that one slice!
5. Send leftovers home with guests, so you don’t have to finish off all of that pumpkin pie yourself! If you find yourself with tons of leftover and need a way to repurpose all of those thanksgiving dishes, here’s a recipe to try!
Thanksgiving Shepherd’s Pie
2 Tablespoons butter
3/4 cup onion, chopped
1/3 cup celery, chopped
1/3 cup carrots, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 1/2 cup leftover turkey meat
1/4 cup green beans
1/4 cup corn
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 cup gravy
2 cups mashed potatoes
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrots and cook for about 5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for a few additional minutes. Then add the turkey, corn, green beans, seasonings, and gravy to the skillet. Cook for 5 minutes or until heated and then transfer to a baking dish.
3. Heat mashed potatoes and add half of shredded cheese to the potatoes. Spread potato mixture over turkey filling and sprinkle remaining cheese over top.
4. Finally bake for 30 minutes and serve.
Most of all enjoy your day to the fullest with family and friends!
The Clench Crew