Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to be thankful for family, friends, and, of course, the food on your table. As a dietitian, I encourage people to enjoy all that the holiday season has to offer, and yes, including the tasty treats.

Below are some tips that can help you make the holiday a little healthier while still enjoying all that it has to give.

Turkey. Try to stick to 3 to 4 ounces (similar to the size of a deck of cards) of white meat turkey.

Fruit and vegetables. Make half of your Thanksgiving plate fruits and vegetables. You can include roasted carrots, green beans, Brussels sprouts, spinach salad, and cranberry sauce.

Grains. Make half of your grains whole. Choose a whole wheat dinner roll, use whole wheat bread crumbs for your stuffing, or add in some quinoa to your Thanksgiving stuffing (see recipe below).

Beverages. Watch the calorie and sugar content in mixed drinks. Enjoy a black coffee with a sprinkle of cinnamon with your meal.

Enjoy the outdoors. Before the tryptophan from the turkey kicks in (which will make you sleepy), play outside in the yard with young kids after dinner to burn off some of the calories and get some fresh, fall air.

If you are still searching for another dish to add to your Thanksgiving this year, try the wild rice and quinoa stuffing with apples and cranberries that I have included. Enjoy, and happy Thanksgiving!

Emily McMillan is a registered dietitian for Hy-Vee stores in Rochester. This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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