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Anticipating the Holidays, Prepping for Success

Saturday, November 17, 2012

What's on the menu for Thanksgiving? I'm doing my shopping today. I'm only cooking for three this year. My husband prefers ham, but Gwen and I want turkey. Anyway, I'm getting ready to explore all the healthy recipes that are filling my inbox...lots of options from Sparkpeople, Eating Well, and Hungry Girl.

Gwen wants to make a pumpkin roll. I think we'll use the full fat/sugar recipe for that and I'll just manage my portion. If we baked more, I'd tinker, but I'm just not up for it.

For sides, I think I'm going to do a roasted root vegetable medley...can't get enough of those! I love stuffing and the green bean casserole. I have to decide if I can manage the temptation though.

Holidays are so tough! What strategies do you have in place to avoid over indulging? I'm planning to move my feet before and after I eat by working out
to Leslie Sanson or walking around My Big Block that's 4 miles. I'm also going to fuel up on water and myself lots of healthy options to avoid the guilt.

Enjoy the celebrations, everyone!
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    I love roasted root vegetables! My son makes the best. Sounds like some great choices.
    1827 days ago
    The food is always the hard part! I don't eat meat so tend to stock up on all the
    fattening side items...hoping for a little more control this year...
    1830 days ago
    Yay for healthy options, including freggies & water!
    1831 days ago
    Roasted root vegetables sounds so good! I keep waiting for my grocery store to restock rutabaga, but they haven't had them in forever, and I want them!! :D
    1831 days ago
  • TANYA602
    Planning ahead like this will have it's pay-offs in the end. I've been pinning recipes from Cooking Light and Skinnytaste and am excited to start putting together our meals for the week. We are going to a friend's for Thanksgiving and since I won't be cooking, I will just have to make smart choices and focus on portion control.
    It sounds like plans are coming together nicely for you! I hope you have a wonderful week!
    1831 days ago
    Cooking for just three it would be hard not to make too much and have lots of left overs.

    I am only having 4 over for the meal so I am making cornish hens for the meat. Also making either brussel sprouts or green beans with a little bacon, no heavy green been dish in this house. Roasted cauliflower would be great.

    My daugher want cheesy potatoes so I will make a pan for everyone else and am thankful for my food allergy that these are out of the question for me. Dessert for us will be individual cheesecakes made with some greek yogurt and light cream cheese, again portion control.

    My suggestion would be to try and figure out how to make smaller portions of your favorite foods so that once they are gone, they are gone.

    Good luck, I am sure you'll do fine.

    Oh and like you, I plan on taking a nice long walk to start the day.

    1831 days ago
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