Thanksgiving Snacking Tips

Don't fill up on turkey, folks

By Keith Shaw
Secretary of Snacks


Thanksgiving Day is probably the biggest eating day of the year, with Super Bowl Sunday a very close second. While most of the country will chow down on turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce, we at want to remind everyone to make sure they leave some room for the snacks (salty and otherwise). Here are some tips to make sure that your Thanksgiving is snacktacular!

Tip #1: Make sure your Thanksgiving dinner starts after 3 p.m. I don't understand why some people would want to eat the big meal before 3. To me, the period from 11 a.m. and 3 p.m is best utilized for snacking and appetizers. Best snack to have pre-Thanksgiving dinner? I'd stick to the basics, potato chips.

Tip #2: Sample, don't gorge! This can be a great tip for your Thanksgiving meal, as well. If offered a bowl of chips, don't eat all of them. Instead, grab a few, then wait for the peanuts, the cheese puffs and other pre-meal offerings. You won't fill yourself up too much for the meal, and you'll have some excellent snacks beforehand.

Tip #3: Don't skip breakfast, or the opportunity for breakfast snacks! Some people starve themselves before the big meal, but I say don't worry about it. Use breakfast on Thanksgiving as a way to prepare for the bigger meal. Grab some cold Pop-Tarts or cold cereal (Cocoa Puffs are awesome), or cook yourself some cinnamon rolls as your breakfast. Don't starve yourself, but don't overstuff yourself either.

Tip #4: On the way home from Grandma's house, stop at a 7-Eleven or other convenience store for a post-meal snack. I've never enjoyed the "turkey sandwiches, turkey soup or other turkey recipe" mentality that many family members preach after Thanksgiving Dinner. For me, the only time I eat turkey is at the meal. Post-meal, I'm stopping at the convenience store for a bag of chips and a post-meal Diet Coke for the drive home. I'm then ready for Black Friday and all of the holiday shopping madness (no turkey hangover for me).

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