Fall Feast: Nutrition

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about planning your Thanksgiving feast. We normally think of Thanksgiving dinner as a big diet buster, but a lot of traditional Thanksgiving foods are actually quite good for you.

A traditional Thanksgiving feast can give you a couple of days’ worth of calories in a single meal, but you can keep some traditions without ruining your diet. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says turkey is a great source of protein and zinc. Be sure to have some cranberries on the side; they’re loaded with vitamin C. Sweet potatoes are full of fiber, vitamin A and potassium. Just skip the butter, brown sugar and marshmallows that add calories to this nutritional gold mine. Try serving wild rice instead of white rice, mashed potatoes or dressing. You’ll get more nutrients. Pumpkin pie is lower in calories and higher in nutrition than many other desserts – and it’s even better for you if you skip the crust and whipped cream.

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November 2011

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