|[November 16, 2012]
How to Beat the Holiday Bulge This Thanksgiving
BOWIE, Md. --(Business Wire)--
With the year's biggest holiday feast just around the corner, it's no
surprise that one in four Americans break their diets on Thanksgiving.
But a delicious meal with all of the trimmings doesn't mean you have to
surrender to the Battle of the Bulge. With plenty of healthy
alternatives available, SHOPPERS
notes that your cravings can still easily be satisfied without falling
totally off the wagon.
"People tend to drop their healthy habits over the holidays, which may
feel liberating at first until the weight starts creeping up, leading to
frustration and disappointment," said Jennifer
Shea Rawn, SHOPPERS Registered Dietitian. "But there are plenty of
ways to satisfy your holiday and food cravings without going overboard."
As with any meal - but especially with a big holiday gathering like
Thanksgiving - Rawn emphasizes the importance of eating in moderation.
Her first suggestion is to fill your plate up with protein (turkey) and
greens. By starting with more healthful elements first, you'll be less
likely to overindulge on the less nutritious items.
Rawn also suggests putting a few spins on the traditional holiday
favorites. These recipes are packed with incredible flavor, are good for
you, and will quickly be added to your Thanksgiving menu for all to
Try mashing that cauliflower! Instead of mashed potatoes laden
with butter and cream, try mashed cauliflower. Use low-sodium chicken
broth, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and
pepper for flavor. Top it off with some shaved parmesan cheese - a
little bit goes a long way in adding richness. And for an even more
flavorful dish, roast the cauliflower instead of boiling or
Try red quinoa tuffing! Instead of traditional stuffing, try
going with quinoa. Red quinoa is festive, has great texture and is
delicious when combined with sautéed mushrooms, green onions and
shallots and thyme (or your favorite herb mix). If you have
gluten-free guests, quinoa or rice stuffing is the perfect alternative.
Try roasting those roots! Instead of green bean casserole or
sweet potato casserole, roast parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts and
beets. Just toss with a bit of olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper
and your favorite herbs and roast until tender. Roasting caramelizes
the natural sugars in the veggies, making for a rustic sweet and
Keeping your eating on a more healthful track isn't the only important
aspect to consider as you get ready for the holiday. Rawn also notes the
importance of food safety as you prepare your favorite meals in the
"You want to ensure that everyone can enjoy their meal with the utmost
satisfaction," adds Rawn. "That's why it's extremely important to
properly handle the turkey and other Thanksgiving staples during the
SHOPPERS and Rawn have put together a complete guide of Food
Safety Tips for the holiday, including:
Thoroughly Thaw Turkey: It's best to plan ahead for slow, safe
thawing in the refrigerator. Allow about one day for every 4-5 pounds
of turkey to thaw in the refrigerator. Turkey may also be thawed in
cold water in its airtight packaging or in a leak-proof bag. Submerge
the bird or cut up parts in cold water, changing the water every 30
minutes to be sure it stays cold. Allow about 30 minutes defrosting
time per pound of turkey. Cook the turkey immediately after it thaws.
Don't Cross-Contaminate: Use one cutting board for fresh
produce and a separate one for raw meat, poultry and seafood. Never
place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry,
seafood or eggs.
Cook to Proper Temperatures: When cooking the turkey, check the
internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and
the thickest part of the breast with a food thermometer. Poultry
should reach a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F. The
stuffing should reach 165 °F, whether cooked inside the bird or in a
For additional holiday preparation ideas and recipes, visit www.shoppersfood.com
or visit the SHOPPERS Facebook (News - Alert) page at www.facebook.com/Shoppers.
For more food safety tips, visit: www.fsis.usda.gov.
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