The Perfect Portion- Thanksgiving Wellness

The Perfect Portion – Thanksgiving edition

November 25, 2015

 Carlene Thomas is a registered dietitian, nutritionist and the voice behind the lifestyle blog and company Healthfully Ever After LLC. She recently stopped by DW to talk to us about how to prepare a perfectly healthy thanksgiving meal.

For all of our engaged readers, before you say ‘I Do,’ you are probably considering becoming a healthier you. That’s where Carlene can help! She’ll coach you right through that process, while preventing anxiety and providing you with passion + patience, along the way!

Today’s post will inspire you to become healthier + gather knowledge on how to transform your wellness!

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Can you explain why these items are much heather than what you would  find on a traditional Thanksgiving buffet table?

These items mirror some of the ones you might find on your table next week, but let’s take a look at their shapes and flavorings. Brussels sprouts may not be appealing to those who know them from their childhood of being little over-cooked cabbages. By choosing shredded sprouts, you see them as something new and fun. Tossing them in a simple vinaigrette turns the flavor up and the calories down.

For the butternut squash, or a sweet potato, it may be tempting to mash them, but that means you’ll need to add butter and cream. By cubing them and tossing in olive oil and spices for a quick roast, you bring out the natural sweetness instead of having to rely on high fat items.

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How do we get started?

Work with the ‘chef’ in your family to brainstorm fun spins on tradition. Sometimes we just keep making things because it’s how they’ve always been done. Please know that everything fits into a healthy lifestyle that is already on your table! It’s about how you enjoy it and how much of it is on your plate.

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Don’t be guilted into eating bad corn pudding by your aunt if you hate it. It’s not worth the calories. Skip it. Fill it half with colorful veggies first and then add in the ‘extras’ like stuffing or rolls.


After all… “It’s all about being healthier and happier, before and beyond ‘I do’.

Nutritionist: Carlene Thomas, Healthyfully Ever After  | Design: Jeannette Tavares, District Weddings | Photography Credit: Abby Jiu Photography | Rentals: DC Rental | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy  | Florals: Holly Chapple Flowers 




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