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Healthy Thanksgiving without Giving up your Holiday Traditions

Thanksgiving meal makeover- small tips for a healthy Thanksgiving

by Meri Raffetto RD, LDN  |  2574 views  |  0 comments  |        Rate this now! 

¼ cup gravy

¼ cup cranberry sauce

½ cup stuffing

½ cup candied yams

½ cup green beans

1 cup salad with 1 tbsp dressing

2 glasses of wine

Cup of coffee with cream and sugar

1 slice of pumpkin pie

Total = 1480

While this is still a very high calorie meal it saves you over 1200 calories! Just small changes will do the trick. If you want to save even more opt out of any food items you don't love. For instance, if you love mashed potatoes and don't care too much about stuffing then just omit the stuffing. Keep the mashed potatoes the same portion and you saved another couple hundred calories. Taking an evening walk will help you to burn a few more calories this day as well. The moral of the story is that you can indulge, have a great thanksgiving and keep up your progress towards your weight loss and health goals.

About the Author

Meri Raffetto is a Registered Dietitian, and a columnist for Work It, Mom! and the founder of Real Living Nutrition Services, an online weight loss program that empowers people to make small changes s

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