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Tips for a healthy Thanksgiving feast

Nov. 22, 2017

Tips for a healthy Thanksgiving feast

While Thanksgiving traditions vary from family to family, there is one thing that always takes center stage: food.

The typical Thanksgiving meal generally contains two to three times the amount of calories the average person usually consumes in a regular day between three meals. Learn how to have your pumpkin pie and eat it, too, with these tips from Sharp HealthCare experts and some healthy recipes to bring to the table.

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Make a plan for healthful eating

Healthy Thanksgiving These six tips can help you enjoy a tasty holiday meal while avoiding mindless eating — and the extra calories that go with it. "Enjoy the holidays in a festive and healthy way this year," says Melissa Hughes, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Sharp Rees-Stealy.

Gluten-free Thanksgiving Approximately 6 percent of the population, or 18 million Americans, have gluten sensitivity. During Thanksgiving, gluten-sensitive individuals know to avoid the dinner rolls — but do they need to say no to the turkey?

Diabetic Thanksgiving Enjoying your favorite Thanksgiving dishes while living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes doesn't have to be difficult. Lynne' Schatzlein, registered dietitian at Sharp Home Infusion Services, shares her delicious recipe for spaghetti squash with pine nuts as a diabetes-friendly side dish.

Easy and healthy Thanksgiving recipes

slim down your stuffing It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the turkey and stuffing. These four tips can help you cut the calories while boosting the flavor of your favorite side dish.

Cranberry salsa (recipe) In Southern California, we put salsa on everything — even our holiday turkey. Spice up your traditional meal with this fresh take on cranberry relish.

Healthy holiday side dishes Delicious recipes for autumn pumpkin soup; kale and quinoa seasonal salad; and a fresh ginger, cranberry and apple relish that will be sure to please the crowd.

What to do with those leftovers

Thanksgiving leftovers There's a whole lot more you can do with your Thanksgiving leftovers than reheat and serve. Check out our leftover turkey tortilla soup and sweet potato mac 'n' cheese.

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