4 Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to offer thanks, of family gatherings and holiday meals. It is a time of turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. It is also a time for candy corn, holiday parades and giant balloons. Here are four tips to also make it as healthy and thankful as you can:

1. Begin and end your day with a private time of reflection. Make a list of all you are deeply thankful for and then express your gratitude for each one.

2. Don’t go it alone. Involve family and friends in planning and preparation. Use this as a bonding and relating time to build stronger relationships and learn new things about the people in your life.

3. Be sure your menu includes a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. Color (red, green and yellow) is a good indication of high nutrient value. Fresh cut vegetables make great, healthy appetizers.

4. Use up those extra calories. Watching football on TV doesn’t adequately use the extra calories from the Thanksgiving meal! Get the group off the couch and moving after the big feast. Plan a nature walk, toss a Frisbee, play volleyball or touch football, or anything else that will get everyone moving a little bit. Make this an annual event.


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