A Healthy Thanksgiving Plate

Thanksgiving is only a few days away! With prep under way, now is the time to start thinking about making your thanksgiving feast not only delicious, but healthy!

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When planning your meal, or when at the table filling your plate, don’t forget about the governments “MyPlate” recommendations! Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, 1/4 lean protein, and 1/4 grains. Try these “Thanksgiving” themed MyPlate recommendations and don’t forget portion control!

Vegetables: Vary your veggies.
– green beans
– squash (zucchini, butternut, acorn, etc)
– orange vegetables (sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin)
– dark leafy greens

Fruit: Focus on fruits.
– homemade cranberry sauce
– baked apples or applesauce
– fruit salad

Dairy: Get your calcium-rich foods. 
– milk (perfect with your dessert)
– macaroni and cheese (use portion control!)

Grains: Make 1/2 your grains whole.
– whole grain rolls
– whole grain stuffing
– desserts made with whole wheat flour (pie, cookies)

Protein: Go lean with protein.
– turkey, ham, and chicken
– beans (garbanzo, cannellini, black beans, lentils)

You can also try to “healthify” your family favorites by using more wholesome ingredients, like this recipe for Healthified Green Bean Casserole. Or, try swapping out the more calorie laden food items with a healthier alternative — instead of making sweet potato casserole, simply roast cubes of sweet potato with a little bit of olive oil and seasoning in the oven.

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