Your Thanksgiving meal doesn't have to spell doom for your healthy diet. One classic approach is to decide beforehand which Thanksgiving dishes you want to devote the most calories to and back off on the others, says Molly Morgan, R.D., C.N.D., author of The Skinny Rules.
But an even easier way is to modify traditional Thanksgiving dishes so you don't have to choose. When you use these strategies, "your guests won't even know the difference, and you'll feel good knowing that you've made a healthier Thanksgiving meal," says Keri Gans, R.D., C.N.D., author of The Small Change Diet. Here are the best sneaky tricks to slash fat and calories from your turkey dinner and enjoy it all, guilt-free.
|Thanksgiving Dinner: Stuffing
How to slim down: Cook stuffing in a dish by itself instead of inside the bird, where fat drippings add significantly to the calorie count. And substitute each whole egg with two egg whites to save 30 calories per serving. For instant portion control, bake your stuffing in muffin tins.
One more trick to slim down stuffing: Prepare it with barley instead of bread for a high-fiber, whole grain alternative. Try this easy recipe for multigrain stuffing with apples and currants.