Skip to main content

Tips on eating healthy at Thanksgiving

Enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving meal
Enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving meal
AP Photo_Larry Crowe

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and many moms have already thought about what they are going to be serving or bringing for the occasion. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE) the average traditional Thanksgiving meal has 3,000 calories, and the average person might gain 3 to 7 pounds over the holiday season. Why not start the holidays with some healthy choices? Here are some tips on food substitutions for your Thanksgiving meal.

. recommends Herb-Roasted Turkey with 155 calories and only 5 grams of fat per serving (without the skin), as well as EatingWell’s Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing, with only 242 calories and 8 grams of fat.

Oven baked vegetables are a healthier choice rather than a casserole or fried foods, with 107 calories and only 0.2 grams of fat. You can pick your favorite vegetables and bake them for a delicious side dish.

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Ginger and Honey is another healthier choice, with 184 calories and 2.6 grams of fat.

And for the dessert! Here are some delicious desserts that don’t have a ton of fat and calories in them. Pumpkin Pie, Easy Boston Cream Pie, Chocolate Pudding Pie, Chocolate Covered Strawberries have less than 9 grams of fat or less and less then 225 calories per serving.


American Council on Exercise