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52 Healthy Eating Tips for Thanksgiving

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25. Beware of Salt: Sauerkraut is low in calories but packed with sodium. Keep your portion small to avoid a bloated belly.

26. Stockpile Brussels Sprouts: Sprouts are nutritional powerhouses, packed with vitamins K and C. With a little olive oil and herbs, they make a healthy side.

27. Portion Out Sweet Potatoes: Though sweet potato casserole can be loaded up with sugar, sweet potatoes are naturally rich in fiber, which may keep you full longer. Keep your serving to a 1/2 cup.

28. Seek Out Stewed Tomatoes: They are low in calories and rich in cancer-fighting vitamin C.

29. Stuff the Stuffing: Piled with croutons and loaded with sodium-filled broth, this dish is a serious diet pitfall. Lighten it up by using turkey sausage, packing it with onions and mushrooms for flavor, and adding low-sodium broth.

DESSERTS

30. Try Plain Pie: Skip the a la mode pie and save 250 calories.

31. Pare Down Banana Pudding: Made with low-cal dairy products, this dessert can be less than 300 calories. Using reduced-fat vanilla wafers can also slim it down.

32. Cut Calories in the Crust: Keep blueberry pie low-cal by cutting down on butter in the crust and flavoring the berries with vanilla extract, not sugar.

33. Makeover Mincemeat Pie: Nuts and dried fruit can make for a calorie-packed end to your meal, but using these ingredients means you're cutting down on fat-filled chocolate and butter.

34. Go Half and Half: Pecan pie is nowhere close to being diet-friendly, but it's impossible to pass up, so take half a slice of this and half a slice of pumpkin pie to minimize your diet indiscretions.

35. Pumpkin Is Perfect: Canned pumpkin makes a guilt-free filling, even if you add in brown sugar and heavy cream. Enjoy this without busting your buttons.

36. Go Without Whipped Cream: Adding the whipped cream tacks on another 80 calories. But even with the added topping, pumpkin pie is still slimmer than most of the other desserts.

37. Stick with Sweet Potato Pie: Like pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie uses a veggie as a base to eliminate calories. Passing up any meringue topping will save you 100 calories.

DRINKS

38. Go for the Bubbles: Aren't you fancy? Stick to one glass of sparkling wine to stay in the calorie safe zone.

39. Make a Cuppa: Plain coffee is basically guilt-free. But adding in cream and sugar tacks on extra calories, so keep it black.

40. Lighten Your Load: If you're having one beer, a full-calorie boozy beverage won't widen your waistline. If you plan on having several, alternate between light beer and regular beer to minimize empty calories.

41. Avoid a Beer Belly: Choosing light beer over regular saves you an additional 50 calories.

42. Put the Kettle On: As long as you don't add in extra sugar, tea is a perfect pick. If you choose green tea, you may even give your metabolism a boost.

43. Zero-Calorie Flavor: Tea is super low in calories and has a nice flavor. Spike it with lemon or lime juice -- not sugar -- for a burst of citrus.

44. Don’t Milk It: With all the butter and cheese you're getting on your plate, it may be better to stick to water.

45. Red Is All Right: You may have stained teeth, but one glass of red wine won't hurt your diet (and it may help your heart).

46. Curtail Your Cocktails: Mixed with an array of fruit juices, a rum cocktail has more calories than a piece of pumpkin pie. Drink with caution!

47. Skip the Sangria: Loaded with fruit (and added sugar), this drink is sweet to sip, but not so great on your waistline. A plain glass of wine is a skinnier sip.

48. Can It: One can of soda has 10 teaspoons of sugar in it. Wouldn't you rather just have dessert?

49. Feel Free to Go Fizzy: Sparkling water looks classy in a glass, and it's 100% guilt-free.

50. Avoid Apple Cider: This drink is just like glorified apple juice -- all sugar, no substance. Sip on a small serving.

51. Water is Where It’s At: Zero calories and you may even stave off hunger while you're sipping!

52. Welcome White Wine: One glass of wine won't break the calorie bank, and white wine won't ruin a table cloth in case you spill. Just be sure not to polish off the bottle.

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