My diet theory is - be good most of the time so that you can indulge some of the time, but you can drop 500 calories this Thanksgiving that you won't miss.
Cranberry Orange Relish
Most recipes call for 1/2 to 1 cup of sugar per 12 oz. bag of cranberries. Drop this to 1/4-1/3 cup of sugar and save 50-100 calories per serving.
For every 1 lb. of pork sausage replace with 12 Morning Star Farms Original Sausage Patties. This will save you another 100 calories per serving.
This is an easy one. Replace your regular ranch dressing with Bolthouse Farms Classic Ranch.. Face it. None of us stick to a 2 tbsp. serving when it comes to dressing. You can drop another 100 calories by making the switch and the dressing is very good.
My favorite part of the holidays!!! The trouble here is that your body will burn alcohol before it will burn fat or calories so it doesn't matter as much how many calories you are consuming here; you will burn less. That said, you can still cut another 200 calories by
Beer drinkers - switch to light beer.
Cocktail drinkers - mix with a low calorie mixer.
Wine drinkers (and the above) - mix it up. Slide a club soda and lime in between drinks.
Don't get tricked by fancy names. Low carb and "skinny" drinks are kind of like saying "less calories than most candy bars". Here's a website you can check before you shop Get Drunk Not Fat.
Make the bad calories count and cut where you won't notice to enjoy this holiday!!!