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Enjoy a Healthy Thanksgiving Feast

Enjoy a Healthy Thanksgiving Feast

Courtesy of Health Alliance Plan

Thanksgiving dinner, one of the most popular meals of the year, brings memories of family gatherings, good food and over-indulging. The typical Thanksgiving dinner has over 2,000 calories. This year stuff the turkey – not yourself!

By following these tips from Health Alliance Plan (HAP), you can enjoy the savory goodness of a complete turkey dinner, including that piece of pumpkin pie, without expanding your waistline.

Eat slowly and enjoy the flavors and textures of the meal.

Drink plenty of water, and be mindful that alcoholic beverages and caffeine are dehydrating.

Stop eating when you begin to feel full.

Limit your turkey portion to four ounces and leave the skin behind. Turkey is high in protein, low in fat and is an important source of vitamin B.

Fill half your plate with steamed or roasted vegetables. The more colorful the vegetable, the more antioxidant power it yields. Try these for color:

  • Yellow/Orange: sweet potatoes, carrots, yams, pumpkin (contains vitamins A and C and folate)
  • Green: spinach, green beans, kale, mustard greens, broccoli, brussel sprouts (contains folate and lutein)
  • Reds: beets, peppers, radishes, tomatoes, pomegranates (contains antioxidants and lycopenes)
  • Blue/Purple: eggplant, blueberries, figs, black olives, plums (contains antioxidants)

Take a walk before and after dinner. Encourage family members to join in. Don't let yours be a "waistful" Thanksgiving.

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