Weight Loss-Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner Dishes

Thanksgiving Day is almost here and no doubt you're already imagining the mouthwatering traditional holiday spread. But if you're trying to lose weight, it can be tough to truly enjoy a holiday that's so centered on food. Not to worry. There many traditional Thanksgiving dinner dishes that are healthy and deliciously conducive to weight loss. 

Metabolic Research Center shares a few favorites… 

  • Turkey: This bird of course is the grand dame of the Thanksgiving Day spread. It's a great source of protein, B vitamins and omega-3 fats and has fewer calories and less fat than most meats - just 60 calories and less than two grams of fat per three-ounce serving.
  • Sweet potato: They're loaded with vitamin A and fiber, which helps to keep you feel full faster. Skip the heavy butter and instead flavor them with a sprinkle of cinnamon or orange zest.
  • Green beans: Steam or sauté them for another tasty side that's low in calories and high in vitamins A and fiber. An added benefit - green beans also are high in vitamin C, a top antioxidant.
  • Squash: They're a fall season favorite that comes in multiple varieties, including pumpkin. Each is high in vitamin A and beta carotene. Though these starchier vegetables are higher in calories than are water-filled options like celery, they're also higher in fiber.
  • Apples: Another varied favorite, apples of all varieties are high in fiber as well as quercetin, an anti-inflammatory flavonoid. They also can help regulate blood sugar. Just skip the fattening pie extras and instead, opt for baked apple slices topped with cinnamon and nuts.
  • Cranberries: In a recent study on the effects of cranberry juice on cholesterol levels, participants who included cranberry juice as a part of their daily diet saw significant reductions in both body weight and body mass index. Tart and tasty, cranberries also are high in vitamin C, antioxidants and phytonutrients (known for helping to fight heart disease and cancer), and have anti-inflammatory properties. They're great toppers for multiple dishes including mashed potatoes and stuffing. 

Got more tips for healthy, weight loss-friendly holiday dishes? Share them on our Facebook Fan Page. And if you need a little help staying on a healthy track throughout the holiday season, call 800-501-8090 to find the Metabolic Research Center location nearest you.





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