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Thanksgiving is arguably the most anticipated food event of the year, and for obvious, delicious, reasons. However, Thanksgiving dinner does not have to affect your daily diet. Whether you’re cooking this year, or a guest, keep on reading for tips on how to balance and conquer your Thanksgiving dinner plate!

Have a Light Breakfast

Eating a light breakfast the morning of Thanksgiving can be really beneficial. This way you are not starving by feast time. You will be less likely to over-indulge and make smarter choices. A light breakfast could include oatmeal with fruit, egg whites, roasted veggies, or whole-grain toast with nut butter and fruit.

Plan Ahead of Time

Planning what you want to fill your plate with ahead of time can help you to make decisions before you get into line! This will not only help with over-indulging but can help you to save some extra calories on foods that you enjoy the most.

Use Smaller Plates

Using smaller plates (like a salad plate) to fill up with delicious food can actually trick your brain into thinking that you are eating more than you actually are! This can also help with portion sizes. Try to fill half of your plate with vegetables and fresh cranberry sauce, and the other ¼ portions with turkey, stuffing or casseroles.

Smart Swaps

When cooking turkey or preparing sides, there are several simple smart swaps that you can make to add more flavor, without the added calories and fat. When cooking the turkey, opt for fresh herbs and vegetables to get the most fresh flavor. When preparing mashed potatoes, add in some mashed cauliflower to lower the calories and add more fiber.

Do NOT Feel Guilty

It’s okay if you splurge a little on Thanksgiving. One day of over-indulging is not going to ruin your healthy lifestyle! Just remember to get back into your normal daily routine of exercise and healthy eating the next day.

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