Are the days leading up to Thanksgiving difficult, just thinking about how you are going to resist all of the cream-based recipes, sugar-laden desserts, and general over-indulgence? We have some tips from Gloria Tsang on how to cut the calories, and the guilt.
- Use buttermilk instead of cream in your mashed potatoes, and you can cut the amount of butter in half.
- Substitute unsweetened applesauce or pureed prunes for half the sugar when baking cakes and pies.
- Substitute egg whites or egg substitute for eggs in recipes. Note: if the eggs are used as an emulsifer, it’s best to use the egg substitute (1/4 cup = 1 egg)
- Make your own whipped cream using evaporated milk.
- Set aside the turkey skin–without that, turkey is actually a great choice.
- Instead of eggnog, serve champagne, sparkling wine or juice.
Want to simply eat less? Michelle May M.D., author of Eat What You Love, Love What you Eat, says “eat mindfully, and avoid robotic motions of simply stuffing your face.” Here are her tips:
- Focus on the people you’re sharing your meal with.
- Engage in interesting conversations.
- Ask questions and really listen to your companions.
- Notice how hungry you are. If you aren’t hungry yet, become aware of the reasons you feel like eating anyway. If it’s for social reasons, then be social for awhile longer, then eat when you get hungry.
- Mentally describe the table setting and the ambiance. Notice the aromas, colors, textures, and presentation of the meal.
- Before eating, take a moment to be truly thankful about where your food came from, including all the people who invested their time, effort, and talent to get it from farm to plate.
- Choose food carefully by asking yourself what you want and what you need. Don’t waste your appetite on cranberry sauce shaped like a can if you don’t love it!
- Put one small bite in your mouth. You only have taste buds on your tongue so the flavors of a large bite of food are lost on your teeth, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth. Notice the texture and flavors of the food on your tongue then slowly begin to chew.
- Breathe since flavors other than salty, sweet, bitter, and sour actually come from the aromas.
- Set your fork down between bites. If you begin to load your next forkful your attention will be on the next bite, not the one you are eating now.
- Sit for a moment and let the flavors and experience linger before you take the next bite.
Have any tips that work for you?