Healthy Thanksgiving Plate

Making healthy choices during the holidays can be difficult.  Here are some tips for a healthy food choices using the plate format:


  • Fill ½ of your plate with vegetables, such as carrots, green beans, broccoli, salad, brussel sprouts, or asparagus.
  • Avoid casseroles or dishes that have heavy creams, sauces, butter, or crusts.
  • If your table is low on vegetables, consider adding fruit to this half of your plate.  Cranberries, baked apples, and pears are good options.


  • Fill ¼ of your plate with starches such as stuffing and sweet potatoes.
  • Other choices for this section may include: mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, or corn pudding.
  • Skip the bread or rolls.


  • Fill ¼ of your plate with lean turkey slices (approx. 3-4oz).
  • Avoid dark meat, including drumsticks.
  • Remove the skin from the turkey before eating.
  • Instead of gravy, use a fruit-based relish special kick.


Author: gogirldiet

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