Healthy Food Swaps for Thanksgiving Day That Won't Disappoint (Infographic)

Thanksgiving is a day for gratitude, so why not give gratitude to your body? Save up to 2,000 calories without giving up your favourite holiday flavours.

Did you know that the average American consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving? This is according to the Calorie Control Council, which also found that 3,000 calories come from turkey while 1,500 come from booze and appetizers.

Feel like you'll have to sit this one out if you don't want your belt to burst? Think again. To save on calories, just swap a few ingredients in your favourite foods for the big day. An infographic from My Fitness Pal has the details for you.

Try these Thanksgiving food swaps from My Fitness Pal.

Try these Thanksgiving food swaps from My Fitness Pal.

Try these Thanksgiving food swaps from My Fitness Pal.

Swap dark meat for white meat, since the dark stuff has twice the fat of white turkey breast and nearly 40 percent more calories. A three-ounce turkey breast with skin on saves you 50 calories and 2g of fat! 

Swap classic mashed potatoes for a recipe complete with Greek yogurt. A cup of the former has 220 calories and 18g of fat, but when you make it with two percent milk, nonfat plain Greek yogurt, and just three tablespoons of butter, you're eating up only 112 calories and 6g of fat.

Another great way to use Greek yogurt is in place of sour cream, which will save you 38 calories per serving.

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As for gravy, try using a low-sodium mix to make it, since one fourth a cup of the traditional stuff complete with turkey drippings has 131 calories and 9g of fat, but switching will save you a whopping 106 calories and 8g of fat.

Instead of making sweet potato casserole, try for a baked sweet potato, since the marshmallow-covered stuff has 558 calories and 9g of fat, whereas one small baked sweet potato with one teaspoon of brown sugar and one teaspoon of chopped pecans will save you a total of 420 calories.

You can also swap green bean casserole for sauteed green beans. The traditional recipe is made with cream of mushroom soup and fried onions, but it has 235 calories and 15g of fat. Want to be healthier? Saute a cup of green beans in a teaspoon of butter, top with fried onions and save yourself 144 calories and 9g of fat.

Try these Thanksgiving food swaps from My Fitness Pal. Try these Thanksgiving food swaps from My Fitness Pal. Try these Thanksgiving food swaps from My Fitness Pal.

For a healthier cornbread stuffing, opt for a recipe that utilizes fat-free buttermilk, since just a cup of the traditional kind, which is made with whole milk and butter, has 470 calories and 17g of fat. The latter has 319 calories and 11g of fat.

You can swap cranberry sauce for cranberry relish to avoid calorie overload as well. A fourth a cup of canned cranberry sauce has 105 calories and 26g of sugar, but the same measurement of raw cranberry relish has just 67 calories and 12g of sugar.

Opt for pumpkin pie over pecan pie, which will save you a total of  541 calories and 16g of fat. Pumpkin pie only has 265 calories and 9g of fat per slice, so even though it's dessert, you really shouldn't feel so guilty about it! Dig in.

Try these Thanksgiving food swaps from My Fitness Pal.Try these Thanksgiving food swaps from My Fitness Pal. Try these Thanksgiving food swaps from My Fitness Pal.

And speaking of dessert, try one baked apple topped with whipped cream instead of a slice of apple pie à la mode. The swap will save you 277 calories and 14g of fat, but the new recipe, offering up brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and whipped cream will still taste delightful. 

Like the festive drinks? Rather than eggnog, try apple cider. The creamy beverage has 223 calories and 11g of fat, but the cider only has 120 calories and zero fat per cup.

And finally, if you're a wine lover, try a spritzer instead, which will save you 60 calories. 

Do you have any other swaps that you like?

Source: Daily Mail

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