How to Have a Healthy Thanksgiving

How to Have a Healthy Thanksgiving

This may come as a shock, but it is possible to have a healthy Thanksgiving. When you think of Thanksgiving you probably think of all-day snacking, football, family, and of course – the big meal… along with the turkey-induced nap shortly after! This year, we want you to stay as healthy as possible on a day focused on feasting. It’s true, you can enjoy your Thanksgiving Day, all without erasing your good health!

Simple ways to stay healthy on thanksgiving include:


  1. Get moving
  2. Eat your breakfast
  3. Watch your portions
  4. Enjoy!


Get Moving. On a day that is typically associated with plenty of couch time and even more food, make it a point to get in your exercise. Your exercise doesn’t have to be a full-on sweat session either! It can be as simple as going for a 30-minute walk with your family.

Eat your breakfast. You may think that skipping breakfast to “save room” for Thanksgiving dinner is a good idea, but this plan could seriously backfire. If you eat nothing all day until Thanksgiving dinner, you could be so hungry that you overeat. Instead, plan to have a filling, healthy breakfast. Try eating an egg with a slice of whole-wheat toast, avocado toast, or a bowl of oats. You will be well on your way to a healthy Thanksgiving!

Watch your portions. It’s easy to mindlessly snack on appetizers all day and to go up for seconds… and thirds…maybe fourths. Try to be mindful of what you eat. A simple, but smart tip is to eat off of a small plate. Studies have shown that this can help you eat fewer calories. If you have a large plate, you may be tempted to finish everything on it, even if you are already full. Also, give yourself time before you go up for a second helping. It actually takes about 20 minutes for the brain to send out signals of fullness.

Enjoy! Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, enjoy yourself! Thanksgiving only comes around once a year. It’s likely you’re not eating stuffing, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes every day, so don’t be stressed about eating these treats! Just remember, it’s all about moderation! Eat the pumpkin pie, but maybe keep it to one slice (we won’t tell on you if you sneak in a small extra slice, though).


Now go forth and have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the day with friends, family, and of course – the food.