A Guilt-Free Thanksgiving

I will never forget the year that our family discovered the very popular green bean casserole.  I think I ate five helpings (maybe more) and was stuck on the couch for the rest of the night.  I’m sure the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, stuffing, and pies didn’t help either.  Or maybe it was all of the cheese and olives that I ate before dinner.  I really don’t like that overly stuffed feeling and I certainly don’t care for the aftertaste of antacid tablets. And who wants to feel guilty about consuming thousands of calories in just a few hours?  Let’s face it, we say it’s just one day but come Friday afternoon, very few things taste better than a leftover turkey sandwich. Before you know it, it’s time for the next holiday and this time you have a counter full of cookies eyeing you down from across the room.

So here are some tips that I plan on using this Thanksgiving:

– Don’t stand or sit by the appetizers.  Take a few and walk away.  It’s ok to return a couple of times.
– Before you dig into the main course, take a deep breath, and remind yourself to go slow and actually taste the food!
– If you’re anything like me, your favorite part of dinner is the gravy and you take it personally when people mess it up.  With that being said, don’t pour it over everything.  You can always put it on a side plate and dip your food into it.
– Workout in the morning.  You will feel like you earned your rights to Thanksgiving.  While your at it, bring your sneaks and be sure to take a walk after dinner or before dessert.  Despite all of the tryptophan that is running through your veins, the couch is not your friend.
– When it comes time for dessert, it’s ok to make a mini sample plate.  If you love pumpkin, apple, and cherry pie and can’t say “no thanks” to the pumpkin roll either, then have a sliver of each. Keyword being “sliver”.
– Take your time while eating.  Give yourself about 5-10 minutes before going in for round two.
– Stay hydrated and limit your beverages to water.  Don’t fill up on empty calories from pop or beer.  It’s not worth it!
– Don’t let your mother talk you into taking home all of the leftovers.  Bring a tupperware ahead of time and allow yourself to fill it and nothing else.  Remind yourself that having it the first day is satisfying. Anything you eat after this day is probably because you feel bad that there is so much in your fridge and you don’t want to throw it away.

Above all, enjoy time with family and friends. I hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!



Chicken for Dinner and Lunch, Too!

If you love your dinner, why not have it for lunch?  Well some people just don’t like leftovers.  I’m not gonna lie.  I haven’t always been a big fan of anything reheated other than soups and pizza.  I have learned that there are certain foods I can make and take advantage of saving some time and prep by using it in other meals during the week.  Last week, I made figure friendly chicken cutlets.  Take thinly sliced chicken breasts, dip them in a beaten egg, and then dip in seasoned breadcrumbs. Place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake at 350°F until golden brown and juices run clear.  We had a salad on the side and there were even a few cutlets leftover.

So I made this sandwich the next day…and the day after that too!

I took one of those thin deli bread rounds and dressed one side with Dijon mustard and a drizzle of honey.  Throw on the chicken cutlet, romaine lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and avocados for a pretty tasty (and guilt free) lunch!