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Thanksgiving is coming – are you scared?

November 25th, 2009 · 21 Comments · Boston, breakfast, pizza, restaurant reviews, snacks

Thanksgiving day is tomorrow! I am so excited about this. A short day at work today (hopefully) and then we get a 4 day weekend. Woohoo!! I plan on spending lots of time with my husband, family, and friends (whoever is around… it’s not easy to find those actually) and eat. Yes, I plan on eating on Thanksgiving day… eating lots of indulgent foods and enjoying them to the fullest! I’m not sure how this holiday became all about food (instead of actually “thanks-giving”) but I like food so I’m going with it! 😉 There is so much buzz everywhere about how to prevent gaining weight during the holidays. Trust me, I know all about gaining weight during this month and a half stretch (I gain weight every year!) but Thanksgiving actually does not scare me. It’s one day!! There are strategies out there – pick your one indulgence, have a small portion of it, fill up the rest of your plate with veggies and lean turkey… bluh bluh bluh. I can’t do that, and I’m not going to pretend that I can and get disappointed with myself when I “fail.” Instead, I’m just going to go with the flow, make sure I exercise the day of, get right back on track the next day (no leftovers for me!!) and that’s my strategy. Expect to see lots of desserts and sweet potatoes consumed by me over this one day! 😉 Onto yesterday’s eats…


Holey Donuts jumbo blueberry vanilla cinnamon bun


Yes, I spent my money on these babies! These reduced fat cinnamon buns are incredible, and I don’t think I’ll ever want the real thing since it’s over 1,000 calories (vs. ~350 for the Holey Donuts one)! Mmm, love the glaze!



Carrot sticks + almond butter


Have you had this combo yet? I’m a little obsessed :)


Mixed greens, chickpea burger, grape tomatoes, almond slivers, 1/4 avocado, 1T Annie’s goddess dresssing




All the food above was super delicious, but dinner was the best because I had a fun date – Kirsten! :) We met at Beacon Hill’s Figs for pizza and drinks. It’s been too long since we’ve seen each other (last time was at the half marathon start line) so we had lots to catch up on.

Figs is one of Todd English’s restaurants and is an upscale pizza joint. The place was small, dark and cozy and the pizzas were creative. We started with sangria


Sorry for this gross pic – the sangria was awesome though! It had hints of cherries, which I love. A little sweet but not too sweet. I could easily drink that whole pitcher 😀

A little fucaccia bread with EVOO was a yummy starter 😀


Kirsten and I then decided to split a pizza (they are huge!!)



Don’t we look tiny in front of this pizza? 😆

1/2 crispy eggplant: tomato sauce, sliced eggplant, mozzarella cheese, whipped ricotta and torn basil sauce.


and 1/2 spicy chicken sausage: Figs own chicken sausage, herbed ricotta, balsamic onions (we subbed them for figs) and a light tomato


My plate (1 of each):


I had another 1/2 piece of the eggplant one. The pizza was on a very thin crust, with a slightly sweet tomato sauce and inspired toppings. Despite indulgent toppings (hello, fried eggplant and sausage) it felt lighter than your typical pizza. At least that’s what I tell myself 😉 We tried to order dessert but they only have it to go. Quite strange, but whatever. We enjoyed the pizza and each other’s company (right, Kirsten?) so I’m looking forward to our next date 😎

After dinner I walked home and resisted the urge to make my own dessert. Dinner was perfectly satisfying so there was no need for “supplementing” it.

Hope you have plans to spend time with your family and/or friends this week! What are you thankful for this year?  What’s your Thanksgiving day strategy?

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21 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - angieinatlanta

    Mmm…that ginormous pizza looks so good!

    I agree with you about Thanksgiving. I fully enjoy the day and get right back to my healthy habits the next day. As long as I manage to gracefully refuse my mom’s offers of leftovers, I’m fine. So, I guess my strategy is to keep it to one day.

    I’m thankful that everyone in my family is healthy this year. :-)

  • #2 - Kirsten

    It was fun to meet up – those pizza pictures are making me hungry even though it is breakfast time and I had it 12 hours ago! Happy Thanksgiving! Let’s meet up again soon :)

  • #3 - Erin

    I agree with your plan — you know you’re going to indulge a little on Thanksgiving, so what’s the big deal? It’s only one day a year — not going to kill you. I can’t wait for a piece of pumpkin pie and some mashed potatoes. Just let me dive in face-first! 😉

  • #4 - Madeline @ GreensandJeans

    that pizza looks INCREDIBLE! I usually have the same plan for every big holiday- I only indulge in the things that I don’t get every day, so for Thanksgiving that usually includes pie and stuffing. I load up on healthier things like some turkey and salad and save the treats for the special things!

  • #5 - Lauren

    Holy HUGE pizza! It looks scrumptious, as does the cinnamon bun and salad.

    I’m thankful for my health and for my family :).

  • #6 - Sarah W.

    I’m not scared of Thanksgiving! My Game Plan:

    cardio this AM; upper body weights & abs tonight!

    tomorrow morning: Running & Lower body weights

    clean eats for breakfast & lunch – eating intuitively

    LOTS of WATER throughout the day!

    I will keep myself entertained by watching tv & scrapbooking until its time to leave (hubby has to work :( )

    dinner is at 5. appetizers will include shrimp cocktail; hummus veggies – HEALTHY! I will eat a few tide me over but NOT fill up on foods!!!

    I plan to stick to a vegetarian thanksgiving (I am normally mostly vegan). I will take a small scoop of the things I want, eat until just before full (intuitive eating!!!); and reserve a place in my belly for 1 LARGE slice of Pumpkin Pie (no whipped cream – waste of calories in my opinion – if its not chocolate or pumpkin, I’m not wasting cals on it) if I drink at dinner I will have either 1 beer or glass of wine – as I have to drive back to VA (from MD) for a party.

    no more than 2 drinks at party b/c I have to wake up EARLY and drive back to MD for SHOPPING w/ the family – refuse to be hungover – that would suck royally!!!

    hope u have a good holiday!!!! If you have a wordpress account, give me your ID name and I will add you to my allowed list of users to view my blog :)

  • #7 - Lara (Thinspired)

    I agree that holidays are for indulgences and enjoyment. We all worry every other day of the year–I think Thanksgiving should at least be reserved for unabashed eating!

    Haven’t tried AB + carrots yet…or salsa with carrots. I’ve heard both are yummy :)

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday, Miss Elina!

  • #8 - katie

    oh my goodness..that pizza is sooooo big! and it looks AWESOME

  • #9 - Katie

    That pizza looks so yummy! I could have ate the whole thing 😉 I’m a pizza eating machine.

    And that Holey Donut looks amaaaazing! I want I want!

    I’m a vegan so minimal temptation for me. I’m just going to enjoy family and eat as I normally do. So no worries for me really. I think everyone needs to do what’s right for them though.

  • #10 - MelissaNibbles

    That pizza looks amazing. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • #11 - lizzy

    holy HUGE pizza, oh my gosh it looks amazing though!!! your breakfast looks so crazy delicious..holey donuts sound yummy! My strategy for thanksgiving is to do a Turkey Trot run and then eat a good breakfast so that I don’t overdo it at dinner…but if I do it’s okay because Thanksgiving only happens once a year!! Love your blog by the way, can’t wait to continue to read it more! hope you have a great day!

  • #12 - Jenna

    that cinnamon roll and pizza look great!
    have a great turkey day :)

  • #13 - One Healthy Apple

    I’m not scared of Thanksgiving at all! I’m cooking Thanksgiving on Thursday so it will all be healthy and I’ll have no pressure to eat anything to please others. On Friday, we are doing Thanksgiving at my parents’ house and they already know I’m nuts!

  • #14 - Kerstin

    Wow, what a pizza! Eggplant is one of my favorite pizza toppings – yum! And I’m with you about Thanksgiving, I don’t understand why people get all upset over one day!

  • #15 - Kate G.

    Wow that is an awesome looking pizza!
    I am not worried about thanksgiving, it is ONE day out of the year. It should be a time to enjoy being with family and enjoying good food. I can’t wait!!

  • #16 - RunToTheFinish

    oh my that pizza looks awesome, sounds like you had a really wonderful time.

    i was sad we weren’t seeing family for thanksgiving, so I made some crazy pumpkin thing today and you know how rarely I bake!

  • #17 - Liz

    That cinnamon bun and pizza look AMAZING! And Sangria? Mmm… a girl after my own heart :)

    Hope you have a great Thanksgiving! I agree that it’s a good day to indulge and enjoy yourself.

  • #18 - Caroline

    What a fun looking dinner you both had! That pizza IS huge! I am interested in this Cinnamon Bun you talk about with 350 calories. Where did you get it? Holey Donuts? Directions please! I am thankful that I have two loving families (mine and my B.F’s) that I get to spend time with and for all the delicious food that we are so blessed to have. I love your strategy for eating, and I think I will be using the same idea, GO FOR IT. and then get back on track the next day! Enjoy!

  • #19 - Nutritioulicious

    Don’t stress about eating too much on Thanksgiving. It sounds like you have a good game plan in place….you know what works best for you! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • #20 - Kelly

    I totally agree with you about not thinking twice about Thanksgiving. I do try to work out on the day, but this year I am sick so I’m not even doing that, oh well :) Like you said, only one day!

    Those pizzas look HUGE, but delicious!

  • #21 - Alyssa

    That pizza looks like heaven. I need to find this place.