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Thanksgiving Dinner – Kicking Off A Healthy Day

By Joanne Sgro-Killworth HERWriter
 
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Football and Thanksgiving dinner go hand in hand, so kick off your meal in a healthy way and “Go Veggie!” with a crudité tray. Take a timeout as well before you literally “roll” into the dinner table with bread.

Dip into that veggie “bench” instead of your typical starters as favorites such as creamy crab, spinach and artichoke before the big meal can also sideline you.

Bon Appétit Magazine says, “Loaded with mayonnaise, cream cheese and/or sour cream, these dips brings load of saturated fat, which can impact cholesterol, and they leave you with less room for the cranberry sauce and stuffing.”

Speaking of stuffing, don’t overstuff yourself, as most people’s consumption is equivalent to the bread from more than two sandwiches, and according to The Daily Meal, is 350 calories for one cup.

In fact, According to MensHealth.com, “Stuffing is nothing more than a pile of croutons moistened with fat and loaded with sodium. Double this number if it was cooked inside the bird. A fresh green bean casserole with sautéed onions is a much healthier alternative just make sure you ditch the cream of mushroom soup.”

My advice? “Can” the casserole and think green bean almandine instead. The traditional way with cream of mushroom soup and onion rings will set you back 230 calories, according to DailyMeal.com.

One of my personal favorite side dish alternatives is the above-mentioned with fresh green beans, a little olive oil, garlic and some slivered almonds.

You also want to think before you gobble, gobble up a serving of both dark and white turkey with gravy. According to EatingWell.com, “Every 3-ounce portion of white turkey pieces rounds out at 115 calories and seven grams of fat versus dark meat's 160 calories and four extra grams of fat.”

You’ll acquire some additional penalties if you choose to deep-fry your bird. According to Examiner.com, you can add at least an additional two grams of fat if you deep-fry your turkey and eat the skin. You could even add more fat intake than that.

“However, if the temperature of the cooking oil falls to 340 degrees or less, more oil seeps into the turkey meat, making it even fattier!”

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