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Health Tip: Plan a Healthy Thanksgiving Menu

(HealthDay News) -- While Thanksgiving usually is a time of indulgence, there are plenty of nutritious traditional foods.

The Harvard Medical School suggests this healthier Thanksgiving fare:

  • Stick to turkey, as it's lean and nutrient-rich. But avoid the skin, which is higher in saturated fat.
  • Make your own cranberry dish to reap the benefits of the antioxidant-rich fruit without as much sugar.
  • Make a side or dessert from nutrient-packed sweet potatoes.
  • Make a pumpkin custard. Pumpkin is a low-fat, low-calorie, nutrient-rich dessert, assuming you don't add fats or sugar.
  • Include pecans in your favorite dishes. They're a heart-healthy source of unsaturated fat.
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