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This or That: Thanksgiving Edition

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

Thanksgiving is a holiday centered around eating, so naturally, you expect to not be fully following your standard diet. But, you can still have a delicious Thanksgiving while choosing the healthier option of what is available. Here are our suggestions for what to choose when filling up your plate on Thanksgiving.

#1: White or Dark Meat?

If you choose the white meat you'll save about 50 calories, per 3-ounce serving, and 4 grams of fat. However, nutritionally dark meat will always have more vitamins and nutrients than white meat. #2: White Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes? While both of these spuds pack a nutritional wallop, the best choice is going to be the sweet potato. The sweet potato has 90 calories vs the white potato's 130 calories. It has fewer carbs and sugar, with a powerful punch of vitamin A. The white potato can't compete with the potency of the sweet potato. Beware of the sweet potato casserole! This recipe adds butter, brown sugar, and fat! #3: Pumpkin Pie or Apple Crisp? The Apple Crisp is definitely the way to go. The Apple Crisp weighs in at 161 calories vs 336 calories for the Pumpkin Pie. It has fewer carbs, sugar, and fat and a healthy serving of apples. This Choice is definitely your best bet on the dessert tray. Keep an eye out for additions like whipped cream and ice cream, that can double the calorie count of certain sweet treats. When you doubt which dessert is the best, you can't go wrong with fresh fruit from a fruit tray and just a little fruit dip. #4: Green Bean Casserole or Green Beans? Cup for cup, green bean casserole has 3 times the calories as green beans. It is heavy with cream, and whole milk, and topped with french fried onion rings. A good rule of thumb to follow is that casseroles are always going to be more unhealthy, than a vegetable prepared on its own. 5) Beer or Wine? Pass on the beer. You'll get more bang for your buck with the wine. Wine has resveratrol, which is an excellent anti-aging and heart-healthy compound. However, go light on ALL alcohol on Thanksgiving. Alcohol lowers blood sugar, which can increase cravings, the last thing you need after a day full of gorging!


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