Healthy Eating Tips For Turkey Day

November 21, 2011 Updated Nov 21, 2011 at 9:05 PM EDT

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Healthy Eating Tips For Turkey Day

November 21, 2011 Updated Nov 21, 2011 at 9:05 PM EDT


(WKBW) Here are some healthy eating tips from the American Heart Association to guide you through this festive, but high calorie dining season.

The AHA recommends filling up on the good stuff, like roasted or steamed vegetables and salad and only have small amounts of high-calorie/fat items like mashed/creamy potatoes and "candied" dishes.

Also, unless there are whole grain choices for bread, skip the bread and the butter you'll likely smother it with!

When diving into the turkey, reach for the lighter pieces of meat. They have fewer calories and less fat than the darker ones. Another way to cut calories is to take off the skin. Other tips:

• Keep portions in check. A serving size of meat is 3 ounces, about the size of a deck of cards.

• Limit gravy to a tablespoon, and keep it off other items, like the dressing. Cranberry sauce doesn't contain as much fat or sodium, but it can be high in sugar, so limit yourself to ¼ cup.

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