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How Celeb Moms Spent Their Thanksgiving (PHOTOS)

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If you want to know how your favorite celeb mom spent her Thanksgiving all you have to do is check out her social media because most likely she shared it there. But if you don’t have time, that’s why you have us. We rounded up a few social media shares from some of the lovely women we’ve covered on Bellyitch in the past.

 


 


Home is where the heart is .. #ThanksgivingVibes #thankful

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Happy Thanksgiving!! Dinner is served!! Eat up!! @edeck87 @brycerr09 !!! I am officially worn out LOL A photo posted by Jessie James Decker (@jessiejamesdecker) on


 


 


 


 


 

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours ?❤️ A photo posted by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (@snookinic) on


 


 


 


 


 

Thanksgiving Dinner Quiz: Homemade or Store Bought?

For Thanksgiving, everyone who brings a dish to dinner swears it’s homemade whether it really is or not.

Sometimes, you can tell by tasting and sometimes just by looking.

Take this test. Which one is homemade and which is store bought or processed?

 1.Macaroni and Cheese: Which is homemade? Top or bottom?

2. Mashed Potatoes: Which is homemade? Left or Right?

 3. Candied Yams: Which is homemade? Top or bottom?

 4. Stuffing: Which is homemade? Top or Bottom?

Answer:

  1. Bottom

2.Right

3.Top

  1. Bottom



5 Ways to Save 1,000 Calories This Thanksgiving

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING, BELLYITCH FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!

Granted Thanksgiving is a time to really tear down on some really good food, but the Holiday is the start of a series of Holidays (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter) of non-stop eating that have the average person packing on pounds that they don’t shed later.

A typical Thanksgiving dinner plate can be 2,900 or more. People think it’s the turkey that makes them so sleepy and tired after Thanksgiving meal, but in reality, it is all the carbohydrates that are part of the average Thanksgiving meal: cornbread, stuffing, rice, macaroni pie, rolls, casseroles, pasta, etc.

There are simple ways to save some of those calories. Here are five tips:

  1. Say no to the gravy.
  2. Put only two portions of carbs on your plate instead of three.

  3. Fill up with veggies, salads, cabbage, green beans. Have those items take up most of your plate.

  4. Drink a full glass of water before you eat to trick your body into getting fuller faster.

  5. If there is a salad served, eat that first before eating the hot foods. This move will also help trick your body into getting fuller faster on less high calorie, high carbs foods.

The most important of which is portion control. If you must sample all the goodies, opt for one tablespoon of each verses a full portion size.

Good luck and Bon Appetite!

A Pregnant Woman’s Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving without Knocking Someone Out

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So you’re heading to your cousin’s home upstate for Thanksgiving this year and as much fun as the season is for reconnecting and reuniting with family, it’s also known for being tense, sometimes. You may experience old grudges barely buried rise from the dead for discussion again at the dinner table. Nosy meddling elders will ask a bunch of inappropriate questions. You’ll get tons of unsolicited advice on names, parenting tips, and a bunch of do’s and don’ts.

Being pregnant and having extra hormones, a shorter fused and less patience and one snide remark about how wide your butt has gotten could send you over the edge. Woooosah! You can survive it all with these few tips:

  • Practice your Fake Smile now that you conjure up to prepare yourself for the onslaught of well-meaning, albeit personally invasive questions. (Are you sure you’re not having twins? So you’re sticking with that name, huh? Are you done or are you gonna try for one more? You look like you’ve gained a lot; maybe you shouldn’t eat that?)
  • Carry one of those small stress ball that you can squeeze to ease the tension when inevitably someone thinks its funny to compare your belly to the Butterball . You don’t want to knock anybody out and ruin Thanksgiving.
  • Wear something light. In fact, layer. A maternity tank, under a shirt, under a light sweater should do so you can unpeel as you get warm. The homeowner probably had the oven on all day cooking and baking.  A big belly and sweaty under breasts are not a good combination. Save the cute sweater dress for Christmas tree shopping.

5 THINGS A PREGNANT WOMAN SHOULD NOT  WEAR ON THANKSGIVING

  • 4. Go easy on the sugary foods. If you haven’t already had your gestational diabetes test yet, you’re gonna want to skip the sweet potato pie and the apple pie… and the pumpkin pie. Having to prick your finger three times a day  all because you lost your mind and went and elevated your sugar 1000 percent is not the business. No ma’am.
  • Take any offer of someone who gets up so you can have a comfy seat. That may be the last time you see your obnoxious cousin exercise good manners. Besides, pregnancy is for maximizing in and all empathy perks you can get.
  •  As for footwear, you’re going to want to skip the heels and go with some ballet flats, boots or low wedges. Your center of gravity is off with your growing belly. Sky high heels+ a plate of food +a preggers woman = an accident waiting to happen.

You’re going to get a lot of unsolicited advice, a couple of jabs and maybe a tacky joke or two coming at you and it may get overwhelming. Go in getting ready to hear it all but don’t take it personal, they only mean well. You can pick friends, but you can’t pick family.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Thanksgiving Traveling with A Toddler Tips

Molly Sims Instagrammed herself with her 7-month old daughter Scarlett in a baby carrier and her 3-year old son in tow also as they prepared to travel for the holidays. “Nyc bound #weredoingthis” the actress and model captioned the photo taken yesterday.

If your family is hitting the road and taking a long-distance car trip to your Thanksgiving destination this year, here are snippets from our Thanksgiving travel tips to make it a smoother ride especially if you’re traveling with a toddler:

Set Clear Expectations

Before venturing out on the road, start small and positive by setting guidelines, says Carrie Krawiec, Michigan-based family therapist at Birmingham Maple Clinic. “Parents can set their children up for success by creating easy-to-remember expectations before leaving home,” she says. Create a list of five car behaviors to follow, such as keeping your hands to yourself and your bottom in the seat, using an inside voice and avoiding putting your feet on chair in front of you, suggests Krawiec.

Encourage positive behavior with travel rewards. “Parents can gauge their child’s level of attention by saying ‘I am going to watch these things and every five minutes if you have done this, you will earn a point for a sticker or silly band,’” says Krawiec. “This will make travel more cooperative.”

Charge Electronics

Even though you may limit your toddler’s time with tablets and electronic games at home, an iPad or Gameboy may be just what your child needs while traveling on long road trips. “With the age of technology, we have a big bonus,” says Christine Gutierrez, New York-based psychotherapist.

Many vehicles come equipped with DVD players and outlets for charging electronics to ease the challenge of traveling with young children. Pop in your child’s favorite movie or host a family sing-along with his favorite CD.

Make the trip educational, too. Download educational games and applications on a tablet to entertain your child or pick up a book or CD before taking off on your road trip. “Compromise is key here,” says Gutierrez. “Make baby happy and the rest of you shall be happy in the car as well.”

Chomp Down on Snacks Often, hunger cravings can cause a toddler to act out or misbehave. Prepare for a long road trip by packing a cooler of snacks and drinks to satisfy his hunger. Non-messy items, such as grapes, carrots or fruit gummies, will keep your toddler and your vehicle clean during snack time. Juice packs or milk in a Sippy cup can also comfort a sleepy toddler while traveling.

Break Out Goodie Bags The idea of being locked inside a vehicle for hours on end doesn’t necessarily sound appealing to a young child; however, if the trip includes goodie bags filled with games and activities, she may be more than eager to jump into that car seat.

Keep the bag in the front seat with you and break out games and activities along the way as your toddler gets antsy, such as a coloring book and crayons, an etch-a-sketch or even bubbles to blow out the window. Make the trip educational by purchasing a map and asking your toddler to point out states you drive through or license plates from each state. When your toddler is tired of one game or activity, take out another to keep her occupied.

Parents can include any of the following in a “goodie” bag for a long road trip with toddlers:

  • Dry erase board with markers
  • Stickers
  • Small Cars
  • New Books
  • Paper for Drawing
  • Travel Versions of Favorite Games
  • Dollar Store Finds

You can make activities much simpler by bringing along a lap desk or a cookie sheet your child can place on her lap. As a bonus, using magnets on the cookie sheet creates a game of its own, and the raised edges will prevent crayons or cars from landing on the floor of the car.

“Planning ahead is the key to preventing restless, unhappy children (and parents) during a car trip,” says Richard Peterson, vice president of education at Kiddie Academy. “In fact, you can even sneak in a little education along the way by playing classic car games, adjusted to fit your child’s age.”

Peterson suggests asking toddlers to search for shapes, colors or specific objects along the way. “The games will serve as a distraction, but also help to hone observation skills,” he says.

If all else fails, crank up the tunes or make a pit stop at a park along the way to deter boredom for your little one. “Boredom is probably the biggest difficulty your child will encounter during a long car trip,” says Peterson. “Toddlers live in the here and now and do not have the life experience to understand that the destination will be worth the time in the car seat.”

5 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Family

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and like many people, you may be looking forward to the gluttonous smorgasbord of the holiday but wary of the extra calories, artery-clogging fat and excessive blood sugar spiking sweets associated with Thanksgiving dinner. Traditionally, Thanksgiving is usually the start of the extra holiday weight gain many Americans experience during the time leading up to Christmas and the New Year.

If you plan, you can avoid going with the old standby recipes and can search for healthy alternatives. We’re going to help you out with these 5 recipes from weight loss food delivery service bistroMD .

Here are a few recipes to get you started to a healthier Thanksgiving:

 

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bistroMD’s Roasted Turkey Breast with Cranberry Chutney Recipe

Nutrition Per Serving (serving includes: 5 oz Turkey Breast + ¼ cup Cranberry Chutney + ½ cup Butternut Squash and Wild Rice Blend + ¾ cup Broccoli):

Calories: 300

Protein: 29 grams

Net Carbohydrate: 27 grams

Ingredients:

Roasted Turkey Breast:

5-6 lb Turkey Breast, bone-in, skinless

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

4 Garlic Cloves, minced

1 tablespoon Sage, fresh, chopped

1 teaspoon Thyme, fresh, chopped

1 tablespoon Rosemary, fresh, chopped

1 teaspoon Dry Mustard

1 teaspoon Sea Salt

½ teaspoon Black Pepper

Cranberry Chutney:

1 lb Cranberries, fresh

½ cup Raspberries, frozen

¼ cup Water

½ cup Celery, finely chopped

Juice and Zest of 1 Orange

1 tablespoon Honey

¼ teaspoon Cinnamon

Roasted Butternut Squash and Wild Rice Blend:

1 cup Wild Rice Blend (we like Lundberg Wild Blend)

1 Butternut Squash, cubed

1 Fennel Bulb, sliced

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

¼ teaspoon Sea Salt

¼ teaspoon Black Pepper

Instructions:

Roasted Turkey Breast:

Pre-heat oven to 325 °F

In a small bowl combine the olive oil, garlic, herbs, sea salt and black pepper to make a paste. Then rub the mixture into the turkey breast, coating all sides.

Transfer to a roasting pan and roast for about 1 ½ hours to 1 ¾ hours, until an instant read thermometer registered 165 °F when inserted into the thickest part of the breast.

Remove from oven, cover with foil and allow to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Cranberry Chutney:

Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add water, orange juice, orange zest, honey and cinnamon and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium-low and add cranberries. Continue to cook until they become soft and burst, about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add raspberries and celery, cook an additional 10 minutes, until raspberries begin to burst.

Reduce heat to low and cover until ready to serve.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Wild Rice Blend:

Pre-heat oven to 425 °F.

Cook rice according to package directions.

Spread butternut squash and fennel evenly, in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil, sea salt and black pepper over the squash mixture and toss with your hands to coat.

Roast for 20-30 minutes, until squash is turning golden around the edges. Stir squash mixture halfway through cooking.

Once rice is complete, fluff with a fork and transfer to a serving bowl. Combine butternut squash and fennel with the rice, toss and serve

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bistroMD’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Tartlets

Nutrition Per Tartlet (Serves: approximately 15 tartlets):

Calories: 150

NET Carbohydrate: 12 grams

Protein: 4 grams

Ingredients:

Pie Crust:

1.5 cups Almond Flour

1 Egg

2 tablespoons Butter, unsalted

Pie Filling:

1 can (15 oz) Pumpkin Puree

½ can Coconut Milk, unsweetened

½ cup Honey

2 Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

½ teaspoon Ginger, ground

¼ teaspoon Cloves, ground

½ teaspoon Sea Salt

Instructions:

Pie Crust:

Preheat oven to 350 °F.

Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender until a smooth dough forms.

Spritz muffin pan with non-stick olive oil spray or use muffin liners.

Press approximately 1 tablespoon of dough into each cup and press to evenly fill the bottom.

Pie Filling:

Add all ingredients to a medium sized bowl and mix using a hand mixer until smooth. Or add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Divide filling amongst muffin cups.

Bake approximately 10-15 minutes or until center is set.

Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before removing from pan.

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bistroMD’s Quinoa and Pumpkin Seed Stuffed Acorn Squash

Nutritional Information: (for each serving, serves 8):

Calories: 219

Protein: 5g

Carbohydrates: 44g

Ingedients:

4 medium acorn squash, halved lengthwise with the seeds removed

3 cups of water

2 cups quinoa

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 ½ cups diced onion

1/2 cup diced carrots

1/2 cup diced celery

1 tablespoon minced cardamom

1/8 tablespoon of turmeric

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup diced apples

1/4 cup dried currants

1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 cinnamon stick

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust rack to the middle shelf.

Simmer the quinoa in 3 cups of water to make fluffy, this should take 15 to 20 minutes.

While the quinoa cooks, add the onions and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook until softened, stirring frequently, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the carrots, celery, cardamom and turmeric.

Using fresh apples, cut into small dices and soak with lemon juice.

Cover the pan and simmer the vegetables for 5 minutes until they are tender.

In a big bowl, toss together the quinoa and vegetables. Stir in the dried fruit, diced apples, pumpkin seeds, nutmeg and season with salt and pepper.

Brush the skin of the squash lightly with olive oil. Place the squash, cut side down, in a baking pan.

Pour 1/2-inch of boiling water into the pan and bake for 20 minutes to soften the squash. Move the squash to a plate and set aside until cool enough to handle.

Stuff the squash halves with the quinoa mix, return them, stuffing-up to the pan, and bake until the flesh can be easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife. This should take 30 minutes or less.

 

YUM!! Enjoy!

23 Celebrity Moms’ 2014 Thanksgiving Day Photos

Today is Thanksgiving and many families are taking the time to gather and celebrate all they are thankful and grateful to have. We checked into social media to peep what some of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums, current moms-to-be and other past featured moms are doing this Thanksgiving Holiday week.

Blue Ivy, Beyonce’s daughter, gazes upon an ornately decorated tree
Drew Barrymore and daughter were featured in a perfume ad
Kelly Rowland was sharing a piece of her new baby blesing

Jaime King and her brood in Christmas sweaters
Garcelle Beauvais and her boys pose for an usie.

Adrienne Bosh prepped her kids’ children’s table

And she also donated and volunteered at a local food kitchen for he homeless.

Mom-to-be CaCee Cobb’s hubby Donald Faison and son Rocco were having a moment

Ciara conquered grocery shopping with her kids

Ivanka Trump and daughter were caught having an adorable moment during a promo campaign event.

Eva Marcille was celebrating getting her body snatched back into model shape

 

Kim Zolicak was celebrating her twins Kaia and Kane’s 1st birthday.

Christina Milian chilling on a jeep.
Snooki was showing off her adorable daughter on her 2 month birhday

Rachel Zoe was trying her hand at flower arrangement for Thanksgiving dinner
Alessandra Ambrosio and her children vacationing on the beach

Kristin Cavallari‘s newest addition was all ready for turkey day and Bears football

Gwen Stefani on The Voice

Hilary Duff looking pensive
Jessica Alba vacationing with friends

Madonna getting a push by her daughter.

Molly Sims took her son to see Penguins of Madagascara

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Thanksgiving arts and craft project for the kids

Want festive, homemade Thanksgiving decorations? Need an activity to keep the kids occupied? Pine cone turkeys are the solution to both of these problems. Thanksgiving pine cone turkeys are cute and simple enough that even young children will be able to make them with minimal supervision.  If you’re looking for an activity that will keep the little ones busy while you are preparing Thanksgiving dinner in the kitchen, this one is definitely worth trying.

Gather supplies– A day or two before Thanksgiving, gather up all of the necessary supplies and tools and put them in a box. That way they’ll be ready to set out for the kids to work with when the time comes. You’ll need:

    Various sizes of pine cones

    Feathers

    Brown pipe cleaners

    Glue

    Googly eyes

    Orange felt

    Safety scissors

    Paper (optional)

Create the tail- The children can create a colorful turkey tail for their pinecone by using different colored feathers.  If they want, they can dip the quill end of the feathers into some glue before poking them into the wide end of the pine cone.  The glue is optional because the feathers should stay in place if pushed all the way into the pine cone layers.  Continue to fill in the tail with feathers to make it as full as desired.

Make the head- Take the brown pipe cleaner and bend one end over to create a hook, then pinch the hook closed so that it’s shaped like a head.  Set the pipe cleaner aside.  Cut a very small triangle out of the orange felt for a beak. For young children, you may wish to do this step ahead of time. Glue the googly eyes and beak onto the shaped brown pipe cleaner and allow it to dry for a few minutes.

Attaching the head– Once the head is dry wrap the opposite end of the pipe cleaner around the pine cone until the head and neck are sticking up from the front. If the pipe cleaner is too long, cut it with the scissors or break it off by bending it back and forth at the same spot.

Adding feet– If you’d like to add feet to your turkey, you can freehand cut some feet and legs from the orange felt. Glue the legs to the underside of the pine cone with the feet sticking out in front.

Place card holders– Have the kids make enough turkeys so that each place setting has one.  Using cardstock, construction paper or any other paper you have on hand, write the names of everyone that will be attending your Thanksgiving dinner.  Lean the place cards against each turkey or stick it between the middle layers of the pine cone.  Now you have seasonal place card holders that can be used from year to year.  Or you can send the turkey pine cones home with the kids as a little party favor.

Tips:

  • You can use store bought pine cones for this craft or bake gathered pine cones in the oven at 250 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes to make sure there are no bugs in the pine cones.  Do this in advance so the pine cones have plenty of time to cool.
  • If you don’t have any pipe cleaners you can glue the felt beak and googly eyes directly to the front of the pine cone.
  • If you can’t find feathers or don’t want to use them then you can use feather shaped construction paper in various fall colors.  Depending on how much space is between the layers on the pine cone you may or may not need to glue in the paper feathers.

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