How We Can Make Better Food Choices This Thanksgiving

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Let’s eat healthier this Thanksgiving.

For those of us who are trying to eat healthier, Thanksgiving may pose a major challenge. This is because it’s often difficult for some of us to resist the temptation of rich, delicious, and (unfortunately) unhealthy holiday foods.  However, there are steps we can take to stay on track this Thanksgiving.  Here are some of the healthy eating tips that we suggest.

  • Load Up on Lean Protein

The star of most Thanksgiving dinners is a roasted turkey.  While many of us maybe concerned about overindulging, turkey is actually an excellent source of lean protein.  If we stick to white, skinless meat, then we can satisfy ourselves with this relatively low-cal Thanksgiving classic.

  • Use a Smaller Plate

When we serve ourselves food, we may tend to take too much when our plates are bigger.  This may result in overeating.  Using a smaller dinner plate can help us with portion control.  According to researchers from Cornell University, a 30% reduction in plate size translates to an average 30% reduction in food consumption.

  • Eat Slowly

When we eat quickly, we tend to overeat.  This is because we are not giving our brains enough time to register that we are full.  So, an easy way to avoid overeating is eating more slowly.

  • Choose a variety of items

Selecting red, orange, and dark-green vegetables like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli, along with other vegetables for your meals. Add fruit to meals as part of main or side dishes or as dessert.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will try out these suggestions to eat healthier this Thanksgiving.   Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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