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Thanksgiving: A Time for Family, Celebration, Food and Fun
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On Thanksgiving Day, families gather around the dinner table to embrace their heritage, share traditions, enjoy traditional foods like casseroles, pies, stuffing and turkey and usually stuff themselves full. This Thanksgiving, experiment with ingredients that can help you create the same great taste, without the guilt.

As you plan your shopping list for this much-anticipated holiday meal, look for ingredients that will make family favorite recipes not only tasty but good for you, too.

Pack your shopping cart with plenty of fresh vegetables like potatoes, both white and sweet, winter squash, broccoli, carrots and green beans. Apples, cranberries and pears combine easily for a tasty salad, fruit crisp or topping for the turkey. Use whole-grain bread and wild rice for the stuffing or as a side dish.

  • For dips, sauces and pie toppings, use non-fat yogurt or fat-free sour cream. Non-fat yogurt works best in dishes that donít require heating.

  • Use egg substitutes in place of whole eggs

  • Try evaporated skim milk instead of whole milk

  • Use low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth in your mashed potatoes

  • Top casseroles with almonds instead of fried onion rings

  • Check cookbooks and cooking magazines for updated health-conscious versions of your familyís favorite holiday recipes.

To enjoy your meal and prevent overindulgence, eat slowly, savor each bite and engage in mealtime conversations. Take time to eat slowly, allowing your stomach to get full. The football games on TV can wait!

Also, don't forget to engage in regular physical activity throughout the holiday season, and beyond. Get the entire family involved - walk, bike, play a game of catch, rollerblade or golf. Good physical activity habits can teach kids that family exercise is as important as family meals.


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