At holiday meals and gatherings, fill your plate with nutrient dense foods.
Always start with protein foods such as turkey, ham or vegetarian choices such as beans or lentils.
Then add healthy servings of fruits, vegetables and salads. Minimize the amounts of lower quality fuel foods such as stuffing, gravy, and snacks.
Use the “One Tablespoon Plan”
At a holiday meal such as Thanksgiving, pick out several of your absolute favorite foods and eat a one tablespoon serving of each one.
For instance, you might have a tablespoon each of mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie.
This lets you enjoy the tastes you love while keeping the calories at reasonable levels.