Monday Health Minute | Published November 21, 2011

Have a Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner

After Thanksgiving dinner, our waistlines are often not as thankful as we just were. Here are some tips to help you make healthier decisions before and during this year’s Thanksgiving dinner.

  • Don’t go to a Thanksgiving dinner hungry – eat a healthy meal earlier in the day
  • Fill your plate with lower-calorie and lower-fat foods such as sweet potatoes, green beans, squash, turkey and cranberries
  • Use healthy substitutions when preparing dishes: two egg whites can be used in place of one egg to lower cholesterol, low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth can substitute for butter in mashed potatoes, almonds can top casseroles in place of onion rings, nuts can be mixed into stuffing as an alternative to sausage, extra virgin olive oil is a healthy replacement for butter, consume low- or no-calorie beverages rather than higher calorie drinks like alcohol, punches and ciders.

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