Healthy Thanksgiving Cooking Ideas

So today is all about Thanksgiving. It’s wonderful to give Thanks always but it’s also nice to have a day that you for sure need to stop and give Thanks for what’s in your life!

Kinda like Valentines you can or do tell your other half that you love them all the time and show gestures of love throughout the year but when that day comes you know you just have one more excuse that you need to do something cute or special for them because it’s the international day where everyone shows love to one another so why not take advantage of this day!

With that being said it does seem that as soon as Thanksgiving comes around the corner, so do all the holiday parties, dinners, Christmas, New Years and so on… (here in Italy we have other Holidays throughout that time), but it does seem like there are endless events to attend and tons of reasons to eat! I love eating but I’m also one of those people that just don’t have the stomach to eat all these heavy dishes, I feel like my body starts rejecting and starts asking me to give it something green, healthy and not too heavy.
Click on these links below for my tips on how to:

I love to indulge, but my indulgences also consist of more simple things like wine, cheese, bread, pie and maybe some baked goods or one of my favorite Panettone.
I don’t like stuffing, casseroles, creamy salad dressings, fried foods, frosting or icing, candy, chocolate (except the occasional 70-80% and generally only on Easter), sweet cocktails, sodas, or any of that stuff. I guess I wasn’t raised with it so my taste buds never acquired a liking to them.

So I guess what I am trying to say is that it might be easier for me to eat too much when it comes to cheeses, wine and that sorta stuff and although not as unhealthy as say maybe fried foods still too much of anything is not good. So, I always incorporate an array of veggie side dishes anytime I cook; especially on events such as these ones coming up this way I fill up on greens vs. pie.

I am glad about the lifestyle that I was raised with because eating and loving food the way I do is easier for me and I am able to stay on track because of the foods that I truly crave are after all not really that bad for me.

I know you’re thinking that this is a load of crap or that I’m strange how can I not crave french fries, or a huge burger with bacon & cheese, or sausage muffin, a chocolate sundae, a blizzard, coke, a bloomin’ onion, deep dish pepperoni pizza, fried chicken and waffles, etc…. well I had a tough time writing those down just because honestly those don’t come to mind when I’m hungry or craving something. I think truly it’s the human body what it’s accustomed to and what really wakes up your taste buds and mine are on a whole other array of foods.

Listen I’m not saying that you are a bad person if you eat these things, but what I am saying is that you have to really watch for these things because they aren’t good for you, they have to be occasional indulgences, especially living in the USA where they are so readily available. If you are a person that craves those things then I have to say that I am absolutely proud of the fact that you manage to live a clean healthy life with these occasional indulgences. You’re awesome! I’m not saying I don’t crave unhealthy stuff c’mon we are all humans and what I crave might not be what you crave.
But I have learned to satisfy my ‘cravings’ generally with one or three bites i.e. Cinnamon Rolls from Cinnabon; oh yes I went there they are delicious but also super high in calories, fat and carbs, I can’t generally finish a whole one on my own and generally take about 2 days to digest it so I know that if I order one I generally will be able to eat 1-2 bites and the rest will have to go I used to be able to finish it but now I can’t I have tried to make simpler yeast-free versions (recipe here) but I still don’t make them all the time because I know that I shouldn’t eat them all the time so I avoid. You see you have to learn to listen to your cravings but also be wise enough to know that you can stop and always go back for more another time. It’s not like you have to eat as much all in one seating. Space these cravings out throughout the year this way you won’t hate them and your body won’t hate you!

This is one of those things that I am thankful for: Being able to live a healthy lifestyle and sharing it with others. So others can learn to be happy about themselves and live a longer, happier, healthier, sexier life!

Now for my healthy cooking ideas.
For Low-fat cooking Ideas Click Here.

If you are having trouble trying to figure out what to make for sides here are some options I posted with a lot of recipes: (click on any of the links below)

Or maybe some healthier dessert options: (click on any of the links below)

And there you have tons of ideas for this lovely Thanksgiving Day. I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving full of love, happiness and most of all Thankfulness.
With Much love from Mythineats! XO

Happy Thanksgiving

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Indulge these next Holidays without GUILT!

The Holidays are right around the corner with one of the biggest being tomorrow…Thanksgiving. So, Happy Thanksgiving Mythineaters! Have a blessed and wonderful day.

I love the Holidays, it’s a wonderful time to spend with your loved ones, to decorate and also to eat some delicious food. Now FOOD, this I think is the tricky part because it’s a time of the year that everyone makes time to be together and cook a big meal, but this doesn’t mean that you have to stuff yourself even if you may or may not like the food. I for instance don’t care much for the food in itself, it’s more about the experience; but many a times I have found myself eating just because 1. It’s in front of me and 2. Because I feel obligated to over indulge because it’s the holidays.

These 2 reasons are wrong. I always feel bloated and I don’t actually get to enjoy it and feel like I have to behave and eat light after that. I have come to the conclusion that if I want to eat then I should, but if the next day I want to also make a lasagna, or a plate of pasta I shouldn’t feel disgusted with myself to the point that I Can’t eat it. Keyword Can’t.

Don’t punish yourself, the holidays are a time to have fun, enjoy and really feel happy about your life and the people in it. Most of all it should be a time we all look forward to, not look forward to when it’s over so you can get back on track. Sound familiar??!!

Here are a few simple steps to follow that won’t leave you feeling deprived or guilty.

1) Exercise – I know that I have been guilty of this before, but just because the holidays are here doesn’t mean that we should forget about exercising. I think that you get so busy thinking about this and that, that you forget about yourself. Take your 1 hour, or 30 minutes, whatever you need and don’t feel bad, you generally take this time anyways so why not now. This is a great time you can use to plan the rest of the day and whatever else is needed. Trust me the Turkey can wait. This way you will burn extra calories so you can eat that pie without feeling the least bit guilty.

2) Choose your indulgences – A lot of the food that is served during the Holidays are foods that you generally wouldn’t eat and just fillers. ‘Is that really something you want to eat?’ If you really want to have that pie then eat it. Do you want to have an extra cocktail, then drink it. Enjoy it and skip the rest. Let’s say you don’t like casseroles, why eat them? What about the Gravy? For instance my husband hates gravy, but likes the sweet potatoes and has that and doesn’t even touch the gravy. Don’t worry, pass it along.

3) Make a plate – Mindless eating is the enemy. If you just pick here and there without serving yourself a plate you may not know just how much you’ve eaten until you just feel stuffed and gross. By serving yourself you are able to see what you are eating and also if you really want more or not. Keep track and you won’t feel lost.

4) Don’t beat yourself up! Move on – After all it is the holidays and if you had one too many move on, don’t beat yourself. No one got fat or fell off the wagon from eating a little more than usual, it’s how you react to it that’s the problem. You want to have a piece of pie, go for it. But don’t eat the whole pie just because you feel you where bad. Move on. Enjoy yourself mostly and think of it as a reward for being awesome.

Happy Holidays and remember that you workout and are healthy so that you can feel good. Stay focused and relax. You can eat without regret. It’s food not your life savior, you are not gonna die because you didn’t eat the whole turkey in one sitting or if you don’t feel stuffed at the end of the day. You are strong and better than that. Think and eat only what you really want.

I hope that this helps you to stay motivated during this wonderful Holiday season. Enjoy it!
Buone Feste!

I made our Thanksgiving meal this way last year. It’s exactly what my Husband and I wanted.