At this moment its two days until we all sit around the large family table and give thanks to those whom are closest to us. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays since it is not only less commercialized than others throughout the year but also a time that people eat. (Newsflash: Eating helps lose weight!) It is a time those looking for the ‘perfect outside body’ leave their insecurities at the door, stop moving food around the plate to look like food is being digested and seasonal health food is providing the body with all the benefits it needs for the day to survive and thrive. As I sit here writing this I’m just tickled pink with the idea my nutrition dense meal will leave each guest with a full stomach, healthy body and a smile on the face.
Tradition is important in my family, hence, this is our Thanksgiving Menu:
Sweet Potato Rolls (153 calories, 1 rolls)
Speckled Green Mashed Potatoes (129 calories, 1 entire med potato)
Creamy Dreamy Gravy (40 calories, ¼ c)
Vegan Corn Pudding Casserole (298 calories, 1 c)
Turkey-less Roast (250 calories, 1/5 roast)
Espresso Glazed Brussels Sprouts (65 calories, 1 c)
Pumpkin Pie (158, 1 slice)
Now the calorie count for this entire list is around 1,093 calories but I have used the largest amount possible that you could eat without busting. For instance, when you make the mashed potatoes, one can not eat an entire serving worth of one potato. It will more likely be around 1/4-1/2 at most. So if you actually reduce the size amount each person is more looking at around 500-600 calories which fits nicely into a 1,200 calorie diet and above. Remember to eat 2 other course meals this day – do not skip because not only will you eat more than normal but your body will hold tight to the large meal and not allow you to properly lose weight or maintain it.
Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart