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Healthier Me: Making a Healthier Thanksgiving Dinner

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Most of us look forward to our Thanksgiving feast all year long.  While the turkey isn't bad for us -- all the fixings that go along with the bird can pack a lot of calories.

Sanford Health dieticians say there are some easy ways to make your meal healthier without sacrificing taste.

Dietician Linda Bartholomay warns, "you might want to make sure some of this is done in advance, so they don't see what you are putting in and get turned off." She says mixing white potatoes with cauliflower together and then mashing them up is a healthy alternative. You can boil the two together and speed up the process and save on dirty dishes. 

Linda say another great option is mixing half red potatoes and half sweet potatoes together. It can give you a colorful makeover that is also a little healthier. She adds some fat free Greek yogurt and cream cheese to add to the creaminess.

And, you can't have turkey without stuffing, but a few small changes can make it healthier. Linda used whole wheat bread,  no added salt broth and added a lot of vegetables.

Before you even dish up those fixings -- think about your dishware. It can make a big difference. A bigger, scooped plate can encourage you to eat a lot more.

Dessert lovers will love this. Linda says you don't have to tweak your pumpkin pie recipe. Instead she just recommends you limit the size of your slice. She says it's a treat that can be enjoyed in smaller portions. 

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