Love Thanksgiving but hate the way you feel afterward? The holiday doesn't have to spell food coma, if you know which dishes you can eat with abandon—and which you should abandon entirely.
Go Ahead and Indulge:
Skip the thighs—each one contains more calories than a thick slice of prime rib. Skinless white meat, on the other hand, is a top source of lean protein, with only 102 calories in three small slices.
These veggies are rich in fiber and low in calories (just 125 per half cup). Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon, which has been shown to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Crudités and Healthy Dip
Dunk fiber-rich carrots, celery, and bell peppers in hummus instead of ranch dressing, and you'll gain a gram each of protein and fiber per 25-calorie tablespoon.
Pour yourself a small glass of Pinot Noir. Compared with other reds, it's richest in resveratrol, a compound that has been shown to reduce the risk of blood clots.
Despite its bad reputation, gravy isn't a diet disaster. Even the giblets have less fat than you'd expect (about one gram per ounce). So ladle up: A quarter cup has just 50 calories.
Dishes to eat in moderation...or maybe avoid altogether
Keep Servings Small:
Made straight from the box, one-half cup of stuffing packs a not-too-terrible 107 calories, compared with at least 300 calories for homemade batches.
Take a Tiny Spoonful:
Just one-half cup contains four tablespoons of added sugar and 210 calories. A better bet: unsweetened applesauce, which hits the same cool, fruity note with a quarter of the sugar.
Biscuits or Cornbread
Buttermilk biscuits pack more than 200 calories each (a cornbread muffin runs close behind with 175). Instead, score healthful whole grains with one small whole wheat roll.
Green Bean Casserole
What happens when you douse a vegetable with creamy canned soup and fried onions? You get a dish that contains nearly as much fat as you'd get from a small hamburger—in a single cup.
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