Make Thanksgiving a healthier holiday for your family

For most American families, Thanksgiving is all about the food. Even if you have diabetes, heart disease or obesity, you can still eat, drink and be merry—in moderation. It’s hard to make major changes to a traditional menu, but there are some small changes you can make to improve its nutritional value for the whole family. If you’d like to consult a diabetes educator or a registered dietitian, the experts at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center are always available to provide personalized, patient-centered guidance.

Start the day with healthy choices

Some people like to skip breakfast and lunch so they can fill up on the Thanksgiving dinner. This isn’t healthy, especially for diabetics.

Instead, eat a small, fiber-rich breakfast like oatmeal flavored with a little nut butter for protein. Choose a salad for lunch, topped with tuna.

Ask your family members to join you in some pre-feast exercise. Go for a family bicycle ride or take a stroll along a parade route, if your area is hosting one. Some areas, including Las Vegas, routinely host Turkey Trot fun runs.

Ditch the cheese platter

Cheese platters may be traditional for many families, but they also make it too easy to load up on fat-laden cheese and crackers. Instead, serve an array of fresh veggies with a bowl of hummus.

Serve a healthier Thanksgiving feast

In recent years, the deep-fried turkey trend has gained traction. Do your heart a favor and roast your bird instead. Remember to use an internal thermometer to ensure that it is fully cooked.

Serve healthier starting courses for Thanksgiving , like curried butternut squash soup. Cook sweet potato dishes with pineapple and spices, instead of brown sugar and butter. Other healthy choices are:

  • Sautéed green beans with garlic

  • Roasted Brussels sprouts with red onion wedges

  • Mushroom and barley stuffing

Enjoy sensible desserts

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without pie. Consider making crustless pumpkin pie with artificial sweeteners. Or, serve ginger pumpkin mousse in individual ramekins to aid with portion control.

As an HCA-affiliated hospital, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is committed to healthcare excellence. From our emergency care doctors to our diabetes educators , we offer the specialized medical services Las Vegas families need to live well. Contact a registered nurse at our hospital at (702) 233-5300.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *