Thanksgivingis the kick-off to the holiday festivities and that means that the access tohigh-fat, high-calorie foods will be plentiful from now until the end of theyear.
And while it can be a difficult time to stay on track with yourweight loss efforts, it is possible to make smart choices that are healthy anddelicious.
Weight Watchers shared some ways to swap outsome traditional Thanksgiving recipes and drop in healthieroptions that won't leave you feeling deprived of the tastes of the holidayseason. Examples include:
- Swap Out a Sweet Potato Casserole& Drop In Candies Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a great food – rich in beta carotenewhich in turn makes them rich in vitamin A. Take this holiday stapledish and cut out nearly 300 calories a serving while leaving in theflavor and health benefits. To find the recipe go to: http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/RecipePage.aspx?recipeid=87041.
- Swap Out Traditional Stuffing &Drop In Stuffing with Sage and Chives: Our spin on this popular dish cuts outnearly half the calories of the traditional version. Use whole wheatbread instead of white bread, which is a much healthier choice since it has more fiberin it, which helps to create a feeling of fullness, in turn satisfying you morethan regular white bread. To find the recipe go to: http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/index.aspx?recipeid=137351.
- SwapOutTraditional Pumpkin Pie & Drop In Pumpkin Pie with Graham CrackerCrust: This Thanksgiving classic features a light graham cracker crust. The filling'scustardy and rich, with just a hint of spice. And pumpkin is so good foryou. Just like sweet potatoes, it's filled with beta carotene and vitaminA. It's also another great source of fiber, which we all need more of inour diets. To find this recipe go to: http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/index.aspx?recipeid=135361.
Weight Watchers has also recently launchedActiveLink, a fitness & activity monitor that translates activity toPointsPlus values and asses levels then it challenges you to do more.
Staying active around the holidays can help you enjoy food-laden parties andkeeps the balance between calories in and calories out.
For more information about Weight Watchers and its programs, go to www.weightwatchers.com/.