8 Thanksgiving Calorie Savers

Eric Sieden

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The average American eats about 3,000 calories on Thanksgiving, according to the American Council on Exercise. But you can enjoy the holiday without stuffing yourself. Here’s how:
 

  • Cut half the calories in turkey by not eating the skin. 
  • Add more vegetables to stuffing (carrots, celery, mushrooms) so you’ll use less bread. Swap in whole wheat for white bread as a healthier option.
  • Cook yams with skim milk and save up to 70 calories per serving
  • Save up to 55 calories per serving by preparing a green bean casserole with milk, fresh mushrooms and seasonings rather than cream of mushroom soup. 
  • Make fresh cranberry sauce sweetened with orange juice instead of refined sugar.
  • Choose pumpkin pie with a low-fat crust for dessert, and save 10 grams of sugar and almost half of the carbs compared with a similar slice of pecan pie.

How do you plan to keep your Thanksgiving dinner healthy? Tell us in the comments.

Author

Eric Sieden,

Director, Food and Nutritional Services
Plainview Hospital
 

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