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Food Tip This Thanksgiving, eat nutritious, whole foods. There are lots of healthy choices in the traditional meal.

From the main course to dessert, the traditional Thanksgiving meal is a bounty of healthy food choices. From disease-fighting phenol’s in cranberries to carotenoids in pumpkin and squash, you can turn your Thanksgiving feast into a nutritional feast. Here are some of the best foods you can put on your plate. Turkey breast is one of the leanest sources of animal protein. A three-ounce portion contains only 0.2 grams of saturated fat, and it supplies half of your protein needs for the entire day. Avoid dark meat, which can have as much saturated fat as some cuts of beef. And, contrary to popular belief, turkey does not make you sleepy. The amount of tryptophan that your blood absorbs is too negligible to have any impact. For healthy mashed potatoes, leave the skins on and use skim milk and low-sodium chicken broth instead of butter and cream. Or, have a baked potato instead. Done right, stuffing can be a great way to get your whole grains and vegetables. Use whole-grain bread; vegetables like carrots, celery, and onions; dried fruit to keep the stuffing moist; and plenty of fresh herbs for flavor.


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