Thanksgiving, American-style

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Monday, eat the meals that will be posted on Sunday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.

Thanksgiving was invented in New Hampshire by Sarah Josepha Hale, a force of nature who convinced President Abraham Lincoln that Americans would rally around a patriotic holiday based on giving thanks.  She was right.                             Tomorrow you can start your day in a pumpkin way with a prepare-the-night-before cereal, which will save you a lot of time and keep hunger away for hours.  For dinner… well, that would be up to you.  Happy Turkey Day! And take time to remember Native American Heritage Day on Friday.

10-Grain Pumpkin Pudding: 277 calories 7.6 g fat 6.8 g fiber 12.8 g protein 41 g carbs 249.4 mg Calcium PB The delicious, nutty grains in the cereal seemed to call out for pumpkin and spices, and here’s the result. This recipe is easily prepared the night before and refrigerated for a quick and delicious breakfast.Ten-grain Pudding w: R-bs

4 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill 10-Grain Cereal Mix                                                                                                  ¾ cup water                                                                                                                                                                1 Tbsp ricotta cheese, reduced fat                                                                                                                       1 Tbsp pumpkin puree, canned or fresh                                                                                                             1 tsp maple syrup                                                                                                                                            nutmeg + cinnamon                                                                                                                                               ½ oz raspberries, fresh or frozen                                                                                                                       1 Tbsp pecans, chopped

Cook the cereal with the water for about 8 minutes on the stove. HINT: do this the night before to save time in the morning. Stir in the cheese, pumpkin, syrup, and spices. Pour into a microwave-safe ramekin. HINT: you could get this all done and put it in the ‘fridge until morning. Brew the hot beverage and prepare the smoothie. Microwave the ramekin for no more than 1 minute. Plate with the fruit and sprinkle the nuts on top of the hot cereal. Ridiculously easy for a meal so satisfying.

Turkey Dinner:  300 calories if……       Go to the holiday table armed with the facts. I’m not going to tell you what to eat, but I will provide you with some calorie counts for common foods.  Do some addition and see what could go on your plate for 300 calories.  What you see below is what I had on my plate at our friends’ house for Thanksgiving.                     A Fasting Feast                                                                                                                                                                                          4 oz turkey breast, roasted, skinless   =    153 calories                                                                                      ½ cup green beans  =   21 calories                                                                                                                    ½ cup breadcrumb stuffing   =  176 calories                                                                                                          ½ cup peas   =  62 calories                                                                                                                                           ¼ cup mashed potatoes   =   59 calories                                                                                                               2 Tbsp cranberry sauce  =  55 calories                                                                                                                                                  2 Tbsp gravy   =   16 calories                                                                                                                          pumpkin pie, 1/8th of a 9” pie =  316 calories

Eat as your conscience tells you, or have a genuine Fast Day tomorrow.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg  + olive oil 1.5 two-oz eggs
1/2 oz turkey breast meat, cooked one 2″ diameter slice pepperoni
 1/4 slice 70-cal whole-grain bread  mozzarella  +  bell pepper
 onion + celery + sage + thyme +rosemary  crushed tomato
 pear  apple or applesauce
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your hot beverage
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your smoothie

Dinner, single portion:

 3 oz lobster or langoustine meat  3 cups cabbage
 shallot  +  garlic 1/4 cup Béchamel sauce, no cheese
 1 oz cognac/ brandy + 2 oz dry white wine  2 oz corned beef   +  Swiss cheese
 tomatoes, canned diced or fresh
 tomato puree  +  1/2&1/2 [blend cream]
 broccoli  +  carrots
Sparkling water Sparkling water
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