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Nutrition

Your Holiday Food Guide for Multisport Training

Thanksgiving meal

Many holiday foods and the ways you prepare them can benefit you with high nutrition.

Multisport training doesn’t mean you have to give up the best recipes

The holidays can be downright confusing for anybody trying to achieve fitness when it comes to nutrition information.

On one side is the proverbial demon, telling you to let go of inhibition for the special season that only comes once a year. And on the other side is your proverbial angel, telling you how some food can be unhealthy.

So what is one dedicated to achieving fitness like you supposed to do?

Preparation and Moderation

“Let’s get past the shock value that a Thanksgiving dinner can easily add up to 4,000 calories,” says a nutrition expert from the Mayo Clinic, explaining how easy it is for you to eat a similar amount on any other day of the year. “A restaurant-style meal can easily add up to that many calories.”

You can begin clearing away the confusion by keeping basic nutrition information in mind about your holiday menu:

  • Turkey is a lean protein with little saturated fat — unless you purchase a self-basting turkey that has been injected with butter or oil. Avoid these and baste your turkey with low-fat, low-salt broth, wine or juice.
  • Ham is usually cured in some manner, which will have a direct effect on its nutritional content. Salt-cured hams are extremely high in sodium. And the fat content in ham can vary dramatically, with very lean cuts being relatively low in fat.
  • Stuffing is best when made from whole-wheat grains. Add flavor with fresh herbs and aromatic veggies such as carrots, onions and celery. Or try wild rice for stuffing — another good source for fiber. It’s delicious when mixed with dried fruit and aromatic veggies.
  • Gravy contains meat or poultry juices, which themselves contain vitamins. You won’t miss the extra calories with a leaner version.
  • Green beans are fantastic with other nutritious green vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, asparagus or broccoli.
  • Cranberries are full of antioxidants. Cut the sugar in traditional recipes by at least half.
  • Potatoes can provide extra fiber and potassium when you bake them with the skin.
  • Squash has a natural sweetness that’s delightful. If you want to save even more calories, substitute squash with carrots.

The Mayo Clinic adds, “Reasonable portions and a few creative culinary tips can leave you feeling comfortable, satisfied and thankful as you start the holiday season.”

Happy eating!

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