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10 Thanksgiving Recipe Alternatives to Cut the Calories

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After a satisfying Thanksgiving meal, one is known to unbutton their pants and fall asleep on the couch. You can blame it on the turkey all you like, but really it’s all that fat, sugar and empty calories you’ve consumed.

There’s no rule that says Thanksgiving needs to be a fat-filled, gorge-fest that will make you feel so ill that you won’t be able to get off the couch for hours after you eat it. Instead, try infusing a little nutrition into your holiday meal with some healthy substitutions to the classic unhealthy recipes…yes, I’m looking at you green bean casserole.

Here are 10 deliciously healthy Thanksgiving recipe alternatives that cut calories but don’t sacrifice flavor:

1. Zesty pumpkin soup

Canned pumpkin puree is naturally low in fat and easily available year-round at your local market. You can also make your own puree when it’s in season by roasting a small pie-sized pumpkin and whipping the flesh up in your food processor. Just mix it with low-sodium vegetable broth, chopped green onion, garlic, and ground cinnamon and nutmeg and simmer until the aroma draws everyone to your table.

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