You CAN enjoy a satisfying Thanksgiving meal and still keep calories in check. It all comes down to the choices you make. If you're watching your weight, here are ways to make the main course a smart one:

  • Choose white meat. Dark has more fat.
  • Don't eat the skin.
  • Go easy on the gravy (or make your own). Some gravies are made from turkey juices and giblets, which make the sauce high in fat and dietary cholesterol. If you're doing the cooking, look for low-fat gravy recipes.
  • Stay away from sugary cranberry sauces.
  • Don't skip the salad, but go easy on the rolls. Don't carb your way through the day.