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Ashley Koff, RD gives advice on how to achieve “A Healthy Thanksgiving Makeover” for Family Circle

10 surprising ways that Thanksgiving — including your favorite potatoes and pie –can be really good for you.

1. That turkey does more than put you to sleep!Typical T-Day White-meat turkey is a fantastic source of lean protein; it’s also rich in iron (important for nutrient transport) and B vitamins, which promote healthy brain functioning and help your body burn calories for energy.

Tradition makeover Make your turkey meal even healthier by ditching the dark meat completely. Simply roast or braise a turkey breast in fat-free broth. “That’s the favorite cut for most people anyway,” says Marlene Lesson, M.S., L.D.N., nutrition director at Structure House residential weight-loss center in Durham, North Carolina. “Remove the skin and you’re saving 72 calories and 9 grams of saturated fat per 4-ounce serving.” Want to flip the bird even more? Go organic. “We know that organic turkey doesn’t contain antibiotics,” explains LA-based dietitian Ashley Koff, R.D., “and they are fed food that chickens are meant to eat, so the nutrient profile is optimal.”

For more tips, please visit Family Circle online.

Posted on: November 23, 2010