healthier stuffing

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The Stuffing

Your Old Favorite: The kind made with a loaf (or two) of white bread

The Healthier Option: Stuffing that has wild rice or whole grain bread instead. "Stuffing can absolutely be nutritious if it's made with the right ingredients," says Sara Haas, RDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, who notes that she's seeing more recipes that use wild rice and rustic, heartier breads than in the past.

The Nutrients You Get: Lots of filling fiber, which will help keep you from attacking the desert tray, and sustained energy, since these higher-fiber options don't lead to the same blood-sugar spike, then crash, that refined carbohydrates do. Wild rice is also surprisingly high in protein, with 3/4 cup offering almost 5 grams. If there are add-ins like cranberries and walnuts in the stuffing, you'll get antioxidants and healthy fats too.