7 Tips to a Healthy Holiday Meal

The holiday feasts are fast approaching. Mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, turkey, ham, candied yams, pies, green bean casserole and the list goes on. We all have our favorites. Unfortunately, most of the ingredients, including the turkey are heavily processed. This makes them really unhealthy. Is it possible to still enjoy our favorites and avoid the chemical nightmare? Absolutely!

I was at the grocery store today and first let me tell you the store I shop at sells both health food and some "regular" frankin foods. You could prepare a holiday feast by opening cans and boxes. I was shocked by how processed the holiday food selection is. I'm a huge label reader, I don't buy anything without reading every word on the package. 99% of the time, I put it back on the shelf and walk away. Anyway, let's get back on track. Here are a few tips for making your Thanksgiving healthier.

1. Buy an organic turkey. The other turkey's are loaded with chemicals, just read the ingredients. Not to mention, they are fed unhealthy food and shot up with antibiotics leaving them with basically no nutritional value for us and extra antibiotics to lower our immune systems.

2. Look up healthy versions of recipes for your favorites. There are many options thanks to the internet. This includes pies, cookies, cakes and drinks.

3. Read labels and buy organic. Despite what popular "excuse" belief is, it's actually cheaper to eat healthy. It's only more expensive when you're adding healthy foods into an unhealthy diet.

4. If you're asking people to bring a dish, let them know your theme is healthy yet yummy. Don't feel weird about asking them to bring a healthy version of a favorite dish. Most people are relieved.

5. Start planning now so that you're able to enjoy the season. Stay hydrated by drinking enough water everyday.

6. Prepare what food you can ahead of time to reduce stress. Enlist friends or family and make it an enjoyable evening.

7.On the day of, eat a good healthy breakfast and lunch. This will keep you from overeating at dinner time.

Eat, drink and be merry. You're Worth It!

With love,

Heather Silva

Heather Silva Health & Wellness Coach

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