How is it almost Thanksgiving? And why was there snow on the ground yesterday morning? So many questions, so little time. It seems like summer was just here, but somehow it’s the end of November and everyone is already freaking out about Christmas.
It seems to me that when the holidays start rolling around, everyone gets in a craze, forgets their manners and panics over every last thing. Seems like a giant waste of time to me. No, not the holidays, the panicking and running around like a chicken with its head cut off bit of it all. This is a time of year where we are supposed to kick back with family, sleep in, eat a little too much and just be thankful for all we have, not all we need.
I’ll post later this week some things I’m thankful for, but let’s figure out first how the heck we are going to survive Thanksgiving this year. Then, I’ll give you links to all the recipes I’d recommend you make this year. That way, If you are anything like me, and you work best under pressure and keep things last minute, you’ll have an easy list of recipes to pull from, you’re welcome!
Before we get to Thanksgiving. We have to have Friendsgiving, right? It’s really just an excuse for friends to gather, eat lots of delicious food AND talk really loud across the room to one aother. We just enjoyed our Friendsgiving this past weekend, and it was a hit. The good news? Same rules apply here as they do to the actual day. So, listen up!
Surviving Thanksgiving 101
Don’t let the holidays get the best of you, instead get the best of them! Here’s how:
- Slow down, but keep moving. It’s okay to sleep in, watch TV on the couch, disconnect from the interwebs (or indulge a bit). However, make it a goal to go for a walk, play a game of flag football, hit up some exercise or just move your body.
- Don’t strive for perfection, but don’t spiral out of control. This is called balance, but since balance often frustrates people, let’s strive for good enough. You don’t have to be perfect (that’d be boring) but if you find yourself eating ALL THE THINGS, back away, take a breath and move on.
- Have your go-to people. I’ll call this the “phone (aka text) a friend hotline”. This is your person (or people) who you can text about ANYTHING during the holidays to help keep you sane, keep you from eating the entire pumpkin pie and/or just keep you laughing.
- Drink plenty of water. I’m serious. This will help you digest your food, prevent you from drinking too much booze and help with all the sugar. You will thank yourself for this one, fill up your water bottle and get to work.
Nothing earth-shattering here, mostly because I’m just a Dietitian that repeats herself, in hopes that one year you will listen to me. But, in all honesty, remember, Thanksgiving is ONE day out of the whole year. If you slip up, it’s okay, just jump right back where you left off (unless where you left off is the same as Thanksgiving) and keep working towards a healthier you.
Now on to the fun stuff, FOOD! Thanksgiving food should not be boring, so hopefully, some of these recipes will inspire you. If you do have any of these for Turkey day, I would love to see it! Tag me on Instagram (@thesassydietitian) as I love to see what you guys are cooking up. Bonus points for Instagram story-ing your recipe making!
A #SassyApproved Thanksgiving Feast
Check out the #sassyapproved recipes below to ensure that you don’t skimp on flavor OR nutrition this year. I can’t wait to see what you cook up this year.
Kombucha Moscow Mule by Cookie + Kate
Main Event, errr Dish
Orange Glazed Ham by The Real Food Dietitians
Oh, and Turkey, I guess. But you’ve already got that on your list I’m guessing…
Pumpkin Pie (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free but not Taste-Free!)
Alright, hopefully, those tips & recipes get you through this holiday. And if all else fails, wrap yourself in a blanket (or sweater) and just take a long nap until it is all over 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
I want to know in the comments what you are making this Thanksgiving AND how you are surviving the holiday, come on now, don’t be shy, SHARE below!