3 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

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Spend this Thanksgiving filling your belly with delicious food without the heaping side of guilt! Simply replace 3 traditional Thanksgiving dishes with 3 healthier versions!

This version of Thanksgiving dinner saves you more than 230 calories, 20 grams of fat,  over 100 mg of cholesterol and 600 mg of sodium, and is gluten-free!

Let’s start with those creamy, dreamy mashed potatoes everyone loves so much!

Substituting Mashed Sweet Potatoes for Traditional Mashed Potatoes will save you fat, calories, sodium and cholesterol, while also adding health benefits!

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Per Serving – ½ Cup)

  • Calories: 100
  • Fat: ½ gram
  • Sodium: 40 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Traditional Mashed Potatoes (Per Serving – ½ Cup)

  • Calories:120
  • Fat: 4.5 grams
  • Sodium: 333 mg
  • Cholesterol: 23 mg

*This dish also packs a ton of Fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, BONUS!

Now on to another side dish that everyone loves, the Green Bean Casserole, filled with sodium-loaded soup and topped with deep-friend onion strings.

Substitute the delicious flavors of lemon and garlic into the green beans for a much healthier (and in my opinion tastier) version of the classic side dish!

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Garlic Lemon Green Beans (Per Serving – ½ Cup)

  • Calories: 87 calories
  • Fat: 7 grams*
  • Sodium: 340 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Green Bean Casserole (Per Serving – ½ Cup)

  • Calories: 150
  • Fat: 9 grams
  • Sodium: 900 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

*All of the fat in the Garlic Lemon Green Beans comes from olive oil, which is a monounsaturated fat, also known as “good fat”, that helps lower cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease.

Now on to the main dish, the turkey of course! While cooking an entire turkey makes for a beautiful display, the portion with the least calories and fat is the white meat, so save yourself the time (and calories) and simply cook a turkey breast instead!

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Herb Crusted Turkey Breast (Per Serving – 1/2 lb.)

  • Calories: 350
  • Fat: 16 grams
  • Sodium: 330 mg
  • Cholesterol: 110 mg

Herb Crusted Dark Meat Turkey (Per Serving – 1/2 lb.)

  • Calories: 504
  • Fat: 30 grams
  • Sodium: 376 mg
  • Cholesterol: 195 mg

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!