Fuel up for Black FridayTo make sure you have what it takes to keep going all day, be sure to follow these nutrition tips
Seasoned shoppers know that Black Friday shopping is a marathon (and maybe a sprint, if you line up before the stores open); all that hustling through the mall takes energy. To make sure you have what it takes to keep going all day, be sure to follow these tips from Good Housekeeping's Nutrition Director Samantha Cassetty, M.S. R.D.
While you may be tempted to skip on breakfast after the indulgence of Thanksgiving, it's the most important meal you'll get to keep you going through the early and mid-morning sales. "It's always a good hunger-busting strategy to combine protein and fiber," Sam says. "I'm always a fan of nonfat plain Greek yogurt because it has a lot of protein, so you get a lot of bang for your calorie buck." Add frozen berries or nuts on top for a little extra flavor.
Not only will a good breakfast help keep you fueled throughout the day, but it will also help you avoid the temptation of the food court, Sam says. Having a snack on hand helps. Sam's pick: a small 125-calorie serving of nuts. (This equates to nine walnut halves, 13 cashews, 17 almonds, 23 peanuts, or 30 pistachios.) A granola bar is a more convenient option, but be sure to pick one that is high in healthy ingredients and low in sugar (like one of the winners of our taste test).
If you absolutely must hit the food court, Sam recommends coming with a strategy already mapped out. "Know ahead of time what's in the mall and have a plan and visualize that plan so you actually follow through with it," she says. This includes knowing exactly which restaurant you plan to go to and what you're going to order. (Our 7 Years Younger book has lots of great suggestions for healthy food court options.) This way you're more likely follow through with that plan, instead of detouring and ending up with a huge cinnamon bun.
Plotting out your sale strategy? Be sure to take a look at our tips to help you find the best products, as well as our smart buys for Black Friday.
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