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Planning Tips For Busy Parents During Thanksgiving

Anne Kolker • MS, Registered Dietitian • Oct 12, 2011

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The beginning of school seems long ago and suddenly it is November. Fall is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends. It is also a time when busy parents tend to get even busier. 
Thanksgiving is a special time for family and friends to gather together, enjoy seasonal foods and appreciate things we are grateful for. Thanksgiving and the holiday season is also a busy time for parents with the emphasis on food preparation and eating! Throw in the added holiday stress and it can be a challenge to keep up with good nutrition, calorie management and being active. With a little planning, you can take steps to create a healthy and fun holiday season with less stress! Ready to get started?

Simplifying Thanksgiving - Planning Tips For Busy Parents

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Thanksgiving food planning tips:
  • Take time to plan your meal - planning ahead can save time and be less stressful
  • Simplify your menu – less thanksgiving dishes and desserts means less to prepare and less to clean up!
  • Make a shopping list - download our printable thanksgiving shopping list guide
  • Shop early - look for bargains on nonperishable foods
  • Make it a potluck – save time and have family and friends help with some of their favorite healthy side dishes
  • Prepare some foods in advance - appetizers and desserts can be prepared in advance, reducing your "to do" list closer to the holiday
  • Reduce your “To Do” list – prioritize to create time for rest, fun and being active








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Written by Anne KolkerWritten on Oct 12, 2011Last updated on Oct 20, 2014




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