Tips on Creating a Delicious and Healthy Thanksgiving Day. Yes, It’s Possible!

The approaching holidays don’t have to mean going off a gluten-free diet! Certified nutritionist, specializing in gluten-free nutrition, Aimee Aristotelous says, “Sticking to your gluten-free nutrition goals during the holidays is actually simple, and you don’t have to give up your favorite meal traditions.” Her tips to help stay on track this holiday season:



1. There are many healthy gluten-free holiday choices.

Believe it or not, several traditional holiday foods will provide you with quality protein, good fats, and low-glycemic gluten-free carbs. Turkey, sweet potato, roasted small potatoes with skin on, vegetables, salad, and a dollop of cranberry sauce will allow you to partake in the festivities while maintaining your balanced gluten-free food plan.

2. Skip the breadbasket. 

Yes, starting a meal off with the breadbasket is standard protocol during most meals (not just during the holidays) but two pieces of bread with butter means 400 calories before the real meal even begins! You can still be social during the pre-meal noshing with a small dinner salad or veggies dipped in hummus—getting some greens in while you’re hungry is your best bet!

3. Boil your sweet potatoes.

Boiling sweet potatoes (as opposed to roasting) will cut the Glycemic Index almost in half. This means the boiled sweet potato won’t raise your blood sugar in the same manner that roasted sweet potatoes do, so you can still enjoy this holiday staple without any guilt.

4. Low-carb mashed cauliflower.

If you want to take it to the next level, replace your potato dish with mashed cauliflower. Simply steam your cauliflower until tender and mash it with grated Parmesan cheese until you have reached a mashed potato consistency. 

5. Step off the wagon, don’t fall.

Of course the holidays are for having fun and enjoying yourself, so if you maintain balanced nutrition on a regular basis then splurging for a meal (or two) will not hurt your goals, as long as you return to your good habits after the splurge.

Aimee Aristotelous is a certified nutritionist, specializing in prenatal dietetics and gluten-free nutrition. She is the author of The Whole Pregnancy: A Complete Nutrition Plan for Gluten-Free Moms to Be. added tips

1.  Skip Breakfast
Skipping breakfast will naturally add a caloric deficit.  That doesn’t mean that you should eat 5000 calories at dinner, but it helps keep caloric levels in control.

2.  Eat Simply

Eat one or two ingredient foods, like roasted sweet potatoes, turkey, green beans, roasted or steamed broccoli and egg whites.  Avoid multiple ingredient foods like  mashed sweet (or regular) potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, stuffing, etc.  Those multi-ingredient foods, while they contain healthy ingredients, are loaded with fat and calories.

3.  Make smart decisions

You want to stick to your goals?  You want to move forward and you don’t want to be sick?  Commit to it.  If you want to eat the multi-ingredient foods, skip the dessert.  If the apple pie is important to you, eat simply – and stick to one piece.  Remember, the second and third pieces will taste just like the first.  Make a decision about what’s really important and do that.

Go in with a plan, and implement the plan.  That’s how you achieve your goals, and that’s how you continue to move forward.
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