Eat This, Not That: Thanksgiving Edition

by Kristen Carlucci on October 20, 2013

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Here’s the secret….Switching up some of the ingredients in the recipes you prepare this holiday will keep your waistline happy (without sacrificing taste!)  If there is one recipe that you just can’t imagine Thanksgiving without, then this year put a healthy twist on that family favorite.  The difference is that this season you CAN eat the foods you love by making these simple swaps and smart choices.

Check out how many calories you can save by switching up these recipes!

For an appetizer:

Choose Creamy Butternut Squash Soup over French Onion Soup

Calories saved: 211  Fat saved: 10 grams

Choose Creamy Spinach Dip over Hearty Spinach Dip

Calories saved: 55  Fat saved: 5 grams


For Your Main Entrée:

Choose 3-4 oz. white turkey meat over dark meat

Calories saved: 38   Fat saved: 5 grams


For Your Side Dish:

Choose Healthy Green Bean Casserole over Traditional Green Bean Casserole

Calories saved: 64  Fat saved: 11 grams


Choose Stove Top Whole Grain Stuffing over Betty Crocker’s White Bread Stuffing

Calories saved: 150  Fat saved: 14 grams


Choose Mashed Sweet Potatoes over Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows

Calories saved: 129 Fat saved: 8 grams


For Dessert:

Choose Pumpkin Pie (with low-fat whipped cream!) over Pecan Pie.

Calories saved: 95 Fat saved: 6 grams


Choose Apple Pie (with low fat vanilla ice cream!) over Cheesecake

Calories saved: 189 Fat saved: 15 grams


YOU SAVED=931 calories and 74g of fat!!


Besides replacing some of these high calorie foods with their low calorie and healthy alternatives, there are many other simple tips you can use to navigate through your holiday festivities.

-Start the day off with a quick and effective workout to boost your metabolism for  the rest off the day + keep you burning calories throughout the meal!

– Sign up for a turkey trot, or go for an after-dinner walk with family

– Plan to eat your meal early in the day so you have more time to digest

– Fill your plate with low calorie items (salad, veggies, white turkey)

– Take smaller portions of high calorie/high fat favorites

– Going back for seconds? Fill up on greens instead of extra stuffing

– Have a small slice of one dessert or split a piece of pie with someone

– Enjoy special seasonal dishes (stuffing) and skip the foods you can eat any time  of year (bread + butter)

 So this Thanksgiving, leave the guilt behind and savor every bite knowing you made smarter decisions without depriving yourself!



For more Thanksgiving recipes, check out  Simply Savor Thanksgiving menu from previous years:

Entrée: Lemon Garlic Roast Turkey with White Wine Gravy

Side Dishes: Hearty and Wholesome Stuffing Recipe

Mashed Potatoes do the Cranberry Twist

Pass the Casserole Please

and Decadent Desserts!


8 Steps to Jumpstart Your Weight Loss

by Kristen Carlucci on August 16, 2013

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Are you just getting started with your weight loss efforts?  Or have you hit a plateau and need to reignite your routine?  Whatever the reason for your weight loss woes, these 8 Jumpstart Tips are guaranteed to have you seeing results in no time.

1. Quit eating ALL sweets for 7 days straight. This includes sugar in your coffee and tea. Detox yourself off of sugar to gain control of your cravings and increase your energy levels.


2. Do not use any margarine, Crisco or hydrogenated vegetable oils, as they block weight loss and increase cholesterol. Choose olive or canola or Smartbalance butter instead.

3. Avoid white flour. This includes white rolls, bagels, pasta and rice.  These foods have been stripped of all their vital nutrients (fiber, B vitamins) and promote blood sugar spikes (aka more food cravings) and fat retention.

4. Eat brown foods and avoid white foods. Eat brown rice instead of white rice and brown rice pasta or whole wheat pasta. This will increase your fiber intake and B-vitamins (the energy vitamins!) to aid your weight loss by keeping you full for hours.

whole grains

5. Drink 8-10 eight ounce glasses of fresh water every day to aid your kidneys in getting rid of toxins. This will allow your liver to metabolize fat better.  Add lemon to your water for even greater detoxification benefits!

6. Do not skip meals. There should not be more than 5 to 6 hours between your 3 meals. Eat snacks only if you are truly hungry and not from boredom and stress.  Keep snacks under 150 calories.

food clock

7. Eat protein at every meal to stabilize your blood sugar levels, which will control your appetite and decrease your cravings for sugar and starches.  Lean protein sources include skinless chicken/turkey, lean beef, beans, fish,  nuts/nut-butters, or lowfat dairy or dairy-free alternatives.

8. Take a multivitamin supplement (with minerals), that contains nutrients which help convert your foods into energy, such as the B vitamins. This is especially important if you don’t tend to eat a lot of fruits, vegetables and whole grains!

This is a sneak peak to jumpstart your weight loss! If you’re looking for more personalized suggestions to fit your lifestyle and food preferences, don’t hesitate to contact me!

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