What up to 2,000 Calories Looks Like [Thanksgiving Edition]

Danielle Omar, RD
by Danielle Omar, RD
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Thanksgiving is known for many things: giving thanks, spending quality time with family and friends, running turkey trots and indulging in a meal that could break your calorie bank. For many, this is just the beginning of a season of overindulging, but it doesn’t have to be. If we strive to not gain weight during the holidays, we’ll be better off for months to come. In fact, one study found about half of the weight gained during the holidays sticks around well into the summer.

As a dietitian, I have several tips to help you enjoy the holidays without feeling like you’ve missed out on the fun and also making sure you don’t experience the guilt and discomfort following a binge:

For example, start the day with avocado and egg on toast. The whole-grain bread, healthy fats from avocado and protein from a fried egg help you start the day with a balanced meal that holds you over until the Thanksgiving meal. Saving a few dishes from the spread for a lighter meal or snack in the evening can help keep you on track, whether you’re aiming for 1,500, 1,800 or 2,000 calories.

Here, we start out with a 1,500-calorie foundation and offer a few suggestions to add, depending on your calorie goal:



> Avocado Toast with Fried Egg & Salsa
Cornbread Stuffing
> Fresh Green Bean Casserole
> Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Sweet Potatoes
> Pear Crisp
> Mashed potatoes
> Pumpkin Pie

About the Author

Danielle Omar, RD
Danielle Omar, RD

Danielle is an integrative dietitian, culinary nutritionist, author and consultant, frequently lending her love of creating to high-profile food and nutrition media outlets. She’s a regularly featured blogger and founder of foodconfidence.comwhere she inspires men and women on their journey to become their healthiest self. Connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.


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