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Stuff The Turkey Not Yourself- How To Cut Thanksgiving Calories

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Yes, you can still enjoy all your Thanksgiving favorite AND be able to look yourself in the mirror after :)  Keep reading for easy swaps to cut those calories !



The Dessert



The meal isn't complete without dessert, especially on Thanksgiving ! You can still indulge by skipping the pecan pie ( 450 calories ) and going for a slice of the pumpkin pie ( 335 calories). That will satisfy your sweet tooth and save you 115 calories !


(photo courtesy of flickr)
(photo courtesy of flickr)


The Potatoes



Mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes ? You might think the sweet potato is your best choice here, but unless its a plain jane spud the mashed potatoes are your best choice. Normally the sweet potatoes have been candied and covered in marshmallows. Delish, but can clock in at 250 calories as opposed to 140 from the plain mashed potatoes. That's 110 calories saved !


(photo courtesy of flickr)
(photo courtesy of flickr)


The Cranberries



While the canned stuff is so much easier to open and plop on a plate its definitely not the better choice. Two half-inch slices of that jellied cranberry sauce pack 43 grams of sugar and 172 calories, and the can is lined with a hormone-disrupting chemical called bishpenol A. A simple homemade cranberry sauce made with real cranberries, some fruit, and fruit juice has 98 calories and 21 grams of sugar in a one third cup serving—and no added chemicals. And it tastes great. 73 less calories to work off !


(Photo courtesy of flickr)
(Photo courtesy of flickr)


The Side Dish



Turkey and stuffing just go together. But, if you're looking to cut some calories skip the stuffing and go with a serving of green bean casserole. Half a cup of stuffing comes in at 175 calories, where the veggie dish has just 100. You just saved yourself an extra 75 calories !


(Photo Courtesy of Flickr)
(Photo Courtesy of Flickr)


The Main Dish



Well of course you're going to eat turkey ! But, by skipping the dark meat and chowing down on a credit card size portion of white meat you can save 215 calories !


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