Health Watch - Thanksgiving: Meal Planning

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Thanksgiving is almost here, so it’s time to plan your holiday meal. The Thanksgiving dinner is the centerpiece of the holiday celebration, and it’s traditionally a diet-busting meal. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about ways to make this meal better for you.

You don’t want to take all the fun and tradition out of Thanksgiving dinner, but you can make a few changes to make the meal better for you. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says one thing you can do is put a big, leafy salad front and center on the dinner table or serve it before the meal. That gives your guests something low-calorie and high-fiber to fill up on so they’re less tempted by other foods. You can also try diet-friendly substitutions, like using skim milk instead of whole milk or using broth instead of butter for sauteing. You could also create a new tradition by trying a new recipe for a vegetable dish that’s low in fat and calories.


November 2010

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