6 Ways to Eat Healthier this Thanksgiving (Yes, it’s possible)

It’s that time of year again. Turkey legs, mashed potatoes and second servings – it’s all so good! That’s why we shouldn’t have to limit ourselves around the holidays. We did some taste-testing and found these healthy Thanksgiving alternatives for you and your loved ones. Bon Appetit!

1. Kale Chips Instead of Potato Chips.

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2. Pita Bread Instead of Garlic Bread.

3. Almond Butter Instead of Butter.

4. Sweet Mashed Potatoes Instead of Mashed Potatoes.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

5. Vegan Mushroom Gravy Instead of Gravy.

Vegan Mushroom Gravy

6. Steamed Vegetables Instead of Boiled Vegetables.Steamed Vegetables with Chile-Lime Butter

Don’t forget to be thankful and treat yourself to some holiday treats, just don’t over do it!

10 Easy and Effective Stretches You’re Forgetting About

It’s no secret our workouts make you sore, but there’s no reason to ache so much that you can’t kick it by the end of the week. We brought in stretching experts to show us and our 9Round family how to avoid the pain while helping you achieve maximum muscle performance.

Remember that all of these should be done for 15-30 seconds. If you start with these ten simple stretches before any workout, we promise you’ll be feeling better in no time.

  1. Running in place. We know it’s a no-brainer, but it warms you up by activating your hip flexors, calves, as well as preparing the core.

    via notjustdiets.com
    via notjustdiets.com
  2. Jumping Jacks. Keep your heart rate rising while activating your hip abductors and adductors.

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    via aimwellwomen.blogspot.com
  3. Forward & Backwards Windmills. These warm up the joints in your shoulders and enable your arms to punch harder.

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  4. Forward Lunge w/ Diagonal Twist. These work your quadriceps, hamstrings and core.

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  5. Drop Lunge. This will enhance the stretching and warming up in your glutes.

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  6. Side Lunge w/ Overhead Reach. For a little extra kick in your lats and adductors.

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  7. Inverted Hamstring. This helps improve your balance and stabilization.

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  8. Lunge w/ calf raise. Yes, more glutes.  

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  9. Back Extensions. These will loosen up the lower back.

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  10. Standing Quad Stretch. Lastly, loosen up your quads. 

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We hope these help and have you 9Round ready!