It's the time of year for everyone to gather 'round and chow down on a smorgasbord of good ol' fashioned Thanksgiving staples: A succulent bird propped up on metric tons of stuffing; mountains of mashed potatoes and gravy; warm, airy biscuits; chunks of sweet candied yams; and enough pumpkin pies to make your eyes—and belly—bulge.
While a wonderful Thanksgiving feast is a venerable tradition, many of us want to enjoy these delicacies while staying on track with our fitness goals. Luckily, it's easy to make healthy versions of your favorite treats. Armed with the right recipes, you can have your pumpkin pie and feel great about it, too!
Check out these delicious, nutritious, healthy Thanksgiving meal ideas!
Fear not, FitMenCook's recipes will let you have your bulk and ensure that the post-Thanksgiving girth has been proportionately channeled to appendages other than your abs-blanket.
No grains, no problem. Recipes for a successful Thanksgiving dinner are only a click away! Paleo gravy, paleo pumpkin pie, and many other paleo-friendly recipes await. One of the recipes even teaches you to make a substitute for mashed potatoes out of … well, you'll just have to find out, but we promise it's good!
If you're looking to build lean muscle, these eight better-for-you protein pumpkin recipes will give you an extra dose of protein in the wake of a carb-laden holiday feast. Plus, protein is naturally more satiating.
If you're committed to steeling yourself against an all-out holiday diet apocalypse, you'll need to have an action plan. Whether your goal is fat loss, gaining mass, or even maintaining your weight, here's a handy nutrition guide for physique-minded folks of all fitness levels.
Your training shouldn't fall by the wayside just because you're on holiday. In fact, you can even do a bit of damage control by working out before the big feast! Even if you don't have a gym, this is the perfect bodyweight circuit to help you feel better about hungrily tackling the oncoming big meal.
Diet, meet this macro-friendly protein pumpkin pie! Even if you're watching your calorie intake, this pie variation perfectly melds luxurious taste, reduced sugar, and adequate protein to let your inner pumpkin-pie-lover indulge in good conscience this Thanksgiving.
For some people, battling the onslaught of decadent pumpkin pies and relatives who keep piling second and third helpings onto your plate can be a lofty and mentally draining endeavor. Fret not, fit warrior! Use Jennifer Nicole Lee's holiday survival guide to equip yourself with the right mindset, plan, and belly-bloat-resistant armor to survive the holidays.