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Holiday Survival: Bring a Dish You Know is Healthy

If you're invited somewhere for Thanksgiving, you know there's going to be a lot unhealthy dishes on the table that are loaded with butter, heavy cream, salt, and sugar. So bring along a dish that you know is healthy. A huge salad, a yummy veggie side dish, a healthy version of mashed potatoes, bean soup for those who are vegetarians, or a dessert that's low fat. People will appreciate the healthy option and you'll have a go-to food you won't feel guilty about eating.


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LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Wild, I totally agree with you. It is that mentality: healthy is somehow not as tasty, that is making this world so friggin fat! I wish my inlaws could understand that: SWEET POTATOS DON'T COME FROM A CAN!!!
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 8 years
I think the problem I have with the inevitable "It's just one day! It's okay to let loose for one day!" is that it again implies that by choosing to eat healthy foods, I'm somehow "depriving" myself of what I should really want to eat. I LIKE healthy food! If you buy fresh, seasonal produce and cook it well, it's delicious, it gives my body the nutrition that it needs and it makes me feel great afterwards. If I ate foods full of saturated fat, refined sugar and chemical additives, I'd feel like crap later. Physically, as well as mentally. Yes, there are the occasional holiday foods (at Christmas; we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in NZ, obviously) that remind me of my childhood and that I wouldn't mind having a few bites of, but in general I don't care what day it is. I want my healthy food! :) Give me a satisfied, well-nourished stomach over bloating and indigestion on one of my favourite days of the year any time!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
Why do people go on Fitsugar and actually expect Fitsugar to tell people to eat lots and lots just because it's a holiday? That wouldn't make any sense. That would be like Gigglesugar posting about really serious and depressing things. Plus I don't think it's a bad idea to take a healthier dish. The body needs the nutrients anyway, no matter what day it is. I'm making part of my own dinner anyway and always do since I stopped eating meat.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I can see bringing a healthy dish, but not something like mashed potatos. I am sure the host would make that one, and it would be rude to bring your own version :) I would however make a salad!
mtiger mtiger 8 years
Who cares about calories??? It's Thanksgiving! It's only one meal. I'm even trying to lose weight and I'm not worried about it. One meal is not going to hurt anyone.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
this really is smart. if you're bringing someone, it's not like you're going to insult someone by not eating, you'll be eating, and you can even put some of the fattier stuff on your plate and not eat it all. it's a great way to cover yourself there - and still have a decent meal.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
Definitely a great idea! However, I try not and worry myself about what I'm eating on Thanksgiving, since it is a holiday :]... you have to enjoy yourself every now and then (within reason of course)!
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