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6 Thanksgiving Food Alternatives That are Hearty and Healthy

Thanksgiving is fast approaching on Nov. 23, and you probably already have visions of turkeys, stuffing and gravy dancing through your head. Maybe you’re also thinking about how many calories are involved in such a feast, or how bloated you might feel after (remember to take your time with each bite to savor the flavor, and don’t overdo portions).

It’s still possible to eat like a king on Thanksgiving, while shedding some calories, fat and salt from the menu. In many cases, you can keep the staples in there (like the turkey) and just add a healthier twist. Here are six healthy Thanksgiving food ideas that will have your guests rubbing their tummies in anticipation…

1. Hop Off the Gravy Train

This doesn’t mean you have to avoid gravy – we’re not crazy – but there may be a healthier way to get your fill without all of the bad stuff, suggests AllRecipes.com. ” “Gravy is one of the biggest calorie culprits on the table,” notes the source.

Instead of using turkey drippings, try using vegetable oil instead, it says. “It’s still fat, but oil is lower in saturated fat and is cholesterol-free,” it adds. If you insist on using turkey drippings for more flavor, you should use a fat separator – pour the gravy into the separator, allowing a few minutes for the fat to rise to the surface. Then you can easily skim it off.

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