Doing Thanksgiving is slightly different than what we might be used to for the holiday, but it’s not impossible.
after the training Gratitude as a coping methodWe’re ready to put that into practice over a very tasty meal.
Staying home for a virtual Thanksgiving means you can Start your day with yoga Instead of riding on a crowded train or a crowded airport, make all your favorite recipes while skipping the dishes you don’t like.
studies I found that cooking and baking can improve your mood.
Since we’re all about adjusting and doing whatever it takes to get the best out of our workouts, we wanted to apply the same thing that can be done on Turkey Day.
Here’s our guide to enjoying Thanksgiving and celebrating at home.
1. Get some friends and family
preparation a Thanksgiving It may take a few days. All that time in the kitchen is a good way to reconnect with friends and family — give them a call or zoom in on all their juicy secrets about making the perfect pumpkin pie or roasting turkey.
says Wesley McWhorter, DrPH, MS, RDN, LD, CSCS, national spokesperson Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “You can help your parents or grandparents get better at using Zoom, and they can teach you their recipes.”
2. Tidy up (or at least hide the clutter)
Sure, it’s virtual, but you’re still getting guests. Put on something that makes you feel comfortable, and remove your laptop from the dining room table.
“Work on your lighting so people can see you and make sure your kitchen is clean,” says McWhorter. “A big mess looks sloppy and you still want a nice presentation.”
He also recommends wearing wireless earbuds so people can still hear you if you move away. “It also reduces kitchen noises like chopping so you can focus on talking to each other.” (But remember to mute yourself when the mixer or mixer is on.)
3. Work with what you have
“Many of us have small kitchens, but you can use your microwave and range to make side dishes,” says McWhorter.
If you’re going to multitask with a turkey in the oven, make a sweet potato hash on the stove as a healthy alternative to sweet potatoes.
“I cut up a sweet potato with its skin on and sauté it with some pecans, a little butter, and some maple syrup,” he says.
4. To make a whole turkey – or not?
If you’re up for a challenge, roasting a whole turkey means delicious lean protein and Leftovers you can get creative with for days.
Alternatively, roasting a turkey breast for one or two meals is much easier.
“You can also get a roast turkey from a supermarket or restaurant, which is a good way to support local businesses,” says McWhorter.
It also means more time to focus on making your favorite side dishes.
5. Control the ingredients
“One of the best things about eating your own home-cooked meal is that you can decide what goes into each dish,” says McWhorter. You can avoid processed foods and add more vegetables and use All cerealAnd reduce amounts of unhealthy fats and added sugar.”
Don’t overlook frozen vegetables, also. They are picked and frozen during peak periods, so they are a tasty and cheaper alternative to fresh produce.
Just look for those without added salt and/or sugar.
Traditional Thanksgiving feasts start out healthy, right up to sinking vegetables into cans of processed soup or broth.
You can modify classics like healthy green bean dishes without losing flavor.
6. Vegetables, vegetables, and more vegetables
Whether you are hosting Friendsgiving virtually with vegetarian recipes Or cook traditional dishes with your family, focus on vegetables.
Thanksgiving began with a feast to celebrate a successful harvest and work together. from gourd to sweet potatoIt’s all about enjoying those seasonal vegetables.
“Roasted vegetables are easy to prepare and add texture and flavor to your dish,” says McWhorter. “Fingers of potatoes or Brussels sprouts grilled with thyme, rosemary, garlic, and some olive oil, then sautéed with a drizzle of truffle oil when you take them out of the oven really elevate any meal.”
Do you need inspiration? We also have a file Glazed Brussels Sprouts Recipe.
7. Indulge in wakefulness
However, all that said, sometimes you want to make your favorite holiday recipes exactly as they always were—butter, sugar, all of it.
“It’s okay if you want to use some butter for flavor,” says McWhorter. Thanksgiving is a special day of the year and it’s important to feel like you’re celebrating.
Eating mindfully And having fun are good things.”
For those rich, flavourful dishes and desserts, he recommends eating a realistic portion. Keep in mind that cooking is only enough for one or two people.
To celebrate your sobering up, grab one serving of your delicious treat. Remember, there will always be next year, so you don’t have to overeat and feel sick.