Guide to Making Healthy Choices This Thanksgiving

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Turkey, potatoes, and corn — oh my! With so many Thanksgiving foods to choose from, it’s difficult to not binge on everything in sight.

It is possible to finish your Thanksgiving meal without feeling like you’ve just been given anesthesia. We came up with a guide of Thanksgiving foods for you to follow from oprah.com — so that you don’t feel terrible after your meal!

Foods that it is OK to indulge in:

  • Turkey — Skinless white meat is a great source of protein and only has 102 calories in three slices. The thighs, on the other hand, are highly caloric.
  • Red Wine — Pinot Noir contains a high level of resveratrol (which reduces the risk of blood clots).
  • Sweet Potatoes — These contain a ton of fiber and are only 125 calories per half cup.
  • Gravy — A quarter of a cup only has 50 calories, so don’t be afraid to enjoy.
  • Healthy Food Dips — Dips containing healthy foods like carrots, celery, hummus, and peppers contain fiber and protein.

Foods that should be eaten in small portions:

  • Stuffing — Homemade stuffing is 300 calories for a half cup, whereas stuffing from the box is about 107.
  • Green Bean Casserole — Green beans are healthy, but when mixed with other ingredients, they can end up being super fattening.
  • Cornbread/Biscuits — Uh oh… These can be around 200 calories, so try to opt for whole grain or wheat rolls.
  • Cranberry Sauce — A half cup of cranberry sauce contains 210 calories and four tablespoons of added sugar.

Foods to avoid:

  • Pumpkin Pie — This dessert of the season is about 300 calories and contains a staggering 14 grams of fat!
  • Apple Crisps — This delectable dessert contains about 230 calories and 5 grams of fat.
  • Brownies — Sadly, these can range anywhere from 100-300 calories depending on the size, and have 7 grams of fat.
  • Cheesecake — This is very caloric with about 400 calories, while containing almost 30 grams of fat.
  • Pecan Pie — This is one of the highest desserts in calories this Thanksgiving season with about 500 per slice and almost 30 grams of fat.

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family, and food. We can let food get the best of us this Thanksgiving, or we can make the best of our options. While it is always ok to indulge on the Holidays, using this guide can help us to enjoy all of our favorite foods without getting out of hand!

Erica D'Arcangelo is an Internet Marketing Expert and co-owner of Fresh, Healthy & Fit where she is a regular contributor. Erica has been active in the health and fitness industry through spinning, yoga, HITT training and much more over the last decade. She's a fitness enthusiast and has also helped others with healthy living through her own blog.