What to Eat for Breakfast and Lunch on Thanksgiving Day

Tips for staying fuelled while saving room for the big meal!
Published September 16, 2022

Although it might be tempting, avoiding eating before a large holiday meal is never a good idea — especially if weight loss is your goal. Waiting to eat until Thanksgiving dinner in order to save your Points is much more likely to result in eating too quickly which leads to overeating. Eating smaller, lighter meals throughout the day will help prevent blood sugar levels from crashing, which can make you feel desperately hungry once the turkey is finally served. Below you’ll find our favourite recipes for light yet satiating make-ahead and super-simple breakfasts, tasty sandwich fillings, and suggestions for snacks to have on-hand throughout the day.

Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

These easy make-ahead breakfast recipes will not only alleviate some of the pressure on the day of the big meal - a major boon if you’re hosting; they’ll also keep you feeling satisfied and energized throughout the entire morning. Recipes for overnight oats can be scaled up or down depending on how many people you’re feeding and require very little in terms of extra dishes. Veggie egg cups and frittatas are another versatile make-ahead option and can be assembled and frozen up to three months ahead of time. To prevent freezer burn, wrap each serving separately in plastic wrap and store in a resealable freezer bag. When it’s time to eat, simply defrost and reheat in the microwave or toaster oven.

Fast & Easy Breakfast Recipes

No time to prep breakfast beforehand? No problem! These hearty breakfast recipes come together in a short amount of time with minimal ingredients and equipment (AKA fewer dishes to wash.) Adorning whole grain toast with toppings such as avocado, eggs, mushrooms, and Canadian bacon is an efficient way to combine complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats, a winning trifecta of macronutrients that will prolong feelings of satiety over the course of several hours. Other options include oatmeal, yogurt bowls, and a quick recipe for scrambled eggs and veggies that is made in the microwave.

Super-Simple Sandwich & Wrap Recipes

There are plenty of advantages to making sandwiches and wraps for lunch while Thanksgiving dinner is being prepared: the fillings can often be made ahead of time, the meal is portable, and the recipes can be scaled up or down depending on the number of people who will be eating lunch. Egg, chicken, tuna, and chickpea salad can be enjoyed on whole grain bread or are just as delicious stuffed into crispy lettuce or leafy greens if you prefer to eat a lighter lunch.

Nutritious & Filling Snack Suggestions

Snacking on a variety of ZeroPoint foods throughout the day is one of the easiest ways to stay energized without overeating. Focus on grab-and-go items such as fruit, non-starchy vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, or non-fat yogurt.. As an alternative, these versatile snack recipes can be kept on hand for snacking emergencies or light pre-dinner appetizers.