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Thanksgiving Recipe Makeover: How to Cut Calories at Thanksgiving Dinner

Save 1,273 calories and 92 grams of fat over the traditional version with this healthy Thanksgiving dinner makeover.

With all the great Thanksgiving dishes to taste, chances are you’ll eat far more calories on Turkey Day than you would at a typical dinner. But if you just have a light breakfast and lunch or snack, our version of the big meal, which has less than half the calories and a quarter of the fat of a traditional Thanksgiving meal, can easily fit into a healthy 1,500- to 2,000-calorie day. With a few simple changes to the classic Thanksgiving menu, our healthy Thanksgiving menu – which still includes turkey, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, onions, green beans and pumpkin pie – saves 1,273 calories and 92 grams of fat over the traditional version. Here’s how it compares to a menu with traditional versions of these dishes. Download a FREE Thanksgiving Dinner Menu & Shopping List!

  EatingWell Meal Traditional Meal Amount Saved % Cut
Calories 1,061 2,334 1,273 55%
Fat (g) 35 127 92 72%
Saturated Fat (g) 9 68 59 87%
Sodium (mg) 1,580 3,227 1,647 51%
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