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ShopRite offers healthy Thanksgiving tips

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean missing out on Thanksgiving, according to dieticians at ShopRite.

Natalie Menza-Crowe, director of health and wellness at ShopRite, offers these tips and tricks for a healthier holiday:

It’s all about balance:

Balancing your plate is a way to stay on a healthy track without getting bogged down in having to focus on consuming certain nutrients or worrying about counting calories or carbs. Choose the items you want the most, but don’t forget to fill your plate with lots of veggies and lean protein-filled dishes. Of course, it’s also okay to take bite-sized portions of more indulgent courses and desserts and mostly everything is okay in moderation. 

Smart substitutions: 

Try some healthy twists on your favorite classics to make your meal a little bit lighter. Swapping ingredients such as Greek yogurt and applesauce in baked goods cuts back on fat without sacrificing taste or texture. Choosing a whole wheat pasta provides added nutrient benefits, as whole wheat flour yields more fiber and naturally occurring nutrients. Consider trying a cauliflower mash for added fiber content.

Pile up on protein: 

Lucky for us, turkey is a lean meat. Lean proteins that are full of flavor give meals a more satisfying flavor profile. If you’re craving more turkey, small amounts of turkey bacon can be a great way to add extra flavor to your favorite dishes. Try adding crumbled turkey bacon to a side dish of green beans or Brussels sprouts. Chicken sausage is another great option. Low in saturated fat, but full of flavor, you don’t need to add many ingredients to prepare a quick, healthy and tasty side.

Beware of overindulging: 

When indulging in a treat, like that classic pumpkin pie, it’s important to practice portion control to prevent overindulging. If you are still hungry after one serving, rather than reaching for another slice, try snacking on a more nutritious piece of fruit.

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