Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner

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A simple fat- and calorie-saving substitution is to simply remove the skin from the turkey before you eat it. Turkey skin has a whopping 11 grams of saturated fat per 3-ounce serving. Simply eating the white meat of the turkey and avoiding the skin altogether can save you a lot of unwanted, unhealthy and potentially cholesterol-raising fats. Keep in mind that breast meat is lower in calories than the dark meat of turkey legs and thighs. You may also want to avoid "self-basting" turkeys, as these usually contain added flavorings such as salt and fat. And when it comes to seasoning the bird, instead of rubbing the skin with butter, try spraying the skin with a little olive oil and simply seasoning it with salt and pepper.

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November 25, 2014

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November 25, 2014