10 Tips for a Healthy and Safe Thanksgiving

1. Cut out the deep fried turkey! Start off by basting the turkey with fat-free chicken broth and then roast it on a rack in your oven to let all the excess fat drip off.

2. Skip the skin! Before eating your portion of turkey take off the skin. A three-ounce portion of light meat without the skin has 132 calories and 3 grams of fat. With the skin, the portion has 168 calories and 6 grams of fat.

3. Don’t stuff the turkey with the dressing. This cooking method causes the stuffing to absorb all the fat from the turkey. So bake it in a separate casserole dish instead.

4. Go Green! Avoid mixing the veggies with cream, butter, or high amounts of salt. Eat them fresh with garlic or lemon juice.

5. Limit the amount of casseroles you prepare. Instead of a sweet potato casserole, bake a whole sweet potato and add no more than a teaspoon of butter and a little cinnamon to give it that casserole flavor. Also, substitute fat-free sour cream or greek yogurt into your mashed potatoes.

6. Alter your traditional piecrust. Use a whole-wheat pastry flour and substitute ½ of your butter or saturated fat ingredient for greek yogurt.

7. Go for the whole-wheat rolls. Whole-wheat rolls contain more fiber than your traditional white roll.

8. Stay in control! Grab a small plate to help minimize your portions, and avoid going back for seconds. Eat leftovers the next day in order to get your, “going back for seconds fix.”

9. Ladies, wear a cute outfit with skinny jeans and a tight fitting top. Men, make sure to keep your belt buckle snug. Do this in order to avoid overeating!

10. Go out and be active! Play football with your family or even go on a walk around the neighborhood.
We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving. May you feel overwhelmed with the blessings in your life.
Your Market Street Dietitians

Thanks to Cassandra Leeper and Emily Kornegay, TTU Dietetic Interns 2013-14,  for writing todays blog posts.

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