The clock keeps ticking and unknowingly, you are now waking up to the 1st of November. And just days after today comes one of the most awaited annual celebrations of almost everyone in the family, “Thanksgiving”.
Tracing back its history, the very first Thanksgiving celebration happened in 1621 where Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast. Thanks to Abraham Lincoln, a national Thanksgiving day has been proclaimed to be held every November.
Signs that Make You Say Thanksgiving is Nearing
Ring, ring! Family members are calling as early as November 1st to talk about plans for the feast. This is just one the most anticipated celebrations of every family knowing that it is a good time of the year, besides Christmas and Reunions, to come together and share a perfectly great meal. And that is one of the good signs that would make you feel that the annual feast is nearing.
Homes get Cleaner
The days before the actual celebration are also days when we get to see most moms stressed with daily household cleaning. This is when college members of the family or other members who are seldom seen are expected to come home for a long vacation. Thus, preparing the home for their coming is always a priority.
Bigger and tempting meals
Besides Christmas, Thanksgiving is also a time when people are expected to gain much weight. As the celebration nears, families get to have more time to prepare delicious meals for everyone. And during late nights when family gather over traditional games or a movie night, they hit on the phone to order pizza and even munch on some dinner leftovers! There’s no way people would turn down a good meal on Thanksgiving, don’t you think?
Rest is a Luxury
This holiday means days off from work, school and from almost all things that would stress one out for almost a year of doing the same routines. Therefore, realizing that you are waking up to a bright new day with a huge smile on your face from getting extra hours of sleep just lets you feel that it’s almost Thanksgiving.
Shopping Malls are getting more Crowded
Sale here and there, sale everywhere! It’s that time of the year again when shopping malls get more crowded as people visit it from time to time to check on new ingredients, new gadgets, and above all, perfect outfit! Not to mention, promotional offers are also a gift to privileged members. Black Friday, for one, is another anticipated sales of most people during Thanksgiving.
Celebrating Thanksgiving the Healthier Way
With all the joy and burps that Thanksgiving brings you, individuals are challenged to remain fit and healthy through the holidays. It is but important to recognize some tips for celebrating the holiday the healthier way.
Eat often but in Smaller Portion
There is no need to worry about storing food for breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner over the holidays but you need to be mindful of the meal portions you take! A research states that large meals may burden one’s digestive system and thus, causing bloating and low-energy levels. But eating in smaller meals make it easier for your body to digest all food that you intake. That is why eating five to six mini-meals a day is better than eating two-three large bowls of meals.
The luxury of sleep may be tempting but thinking about how much time you’re also able to get over the holidays, it’s always a good thing to challenge yourself to spend at least 30 mins to an hour of your time for some physical activity. Others even take only 8 minutes of their time to sweat off and burn all calorie-intake.
Offer to Prepare Meals
Let out the turkey for Thanksgiving be it roasted, grilled or brine but don’t forget to add fruits and greens in the dinner table to make it more colorful! whether you are the host or the guest, try suggesting that you would take part in preparing for the celebration by pitching in some clean and healthy meals to be shared by the family.
Easy Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Here’s a suggestion of a Thanksgiving Vegetable Dish from Dewayne Malone. With tenderness on its inside and an outside crisp, Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts perfectly complement any meal that it could erase all misconceptions you may have of Brussels sprouts.
- 2-3 cups Brussels sprouts, sliced in half
- Dash sea salt & pepper to taste
- 3 tbs. Balsamic Vinegar
- 3 tbs. Olive Oil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Whisk together the vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Incorporate the olive oil until a dressing is formed.
- Place the Brussels sprouts in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Drizzle the oil and vinegar over the sprouts and gently toss to coat.
- Bake for 25 minutes, turning once.
- Sprouts are done when they are lightly browned.
Thanksgiving is a celebration where you are able to appreciate life and all its gifts! Celebrating it in health and wellness makes laughter and moments last. Thus, another memorable story you can share and reminisce with your family in the years to come.Share: