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Video: Make it a 942-calorie Thanksgiving

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updated 11/18/2007 8:49:28 PM ET 2007-11-19T01:49:28

We all know Thanksgiving is the time to enjoy food, but there’s no reason why you need to pop the button on your pants after the meal. “Women's Health” magazine explains how we can enjoy all the traditions, keep the meal under 942 calories and still eat dessert!

Wine
(5 oz glass), 120 calories
If the family drives you to drink, choose wine. You can go with white or red (only a 3-5 calorie difference per ounce). But note: Red wine offers resveratrol, a healthy antioxidant, in higher amounts.

Turkey
(about 3 oz., or the size of a deck of cards), 107 calories
Go for skinless breast over thigh; dark meat is higher in saturated fat and calories.

Gravy
(1-2 tablespoons) 8-16 calories
Use a soupspoon instead of the spout of that 1950 gravy boat to serve yourself: You'll use less.

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Stuffing
(1/2 cup), 177 calories
If you have the option, choose regular-bread stuffing over cornbread.

Sweet potato
(1 whole, baked, skin on) 103 calories
Do your best to pass if the sweet potatoes are candied or in casseroles, which can pack as much as 300 calories per cup.

Green bean casserole
One serving: 103 calories
We all know casseroles are inherently high in calories. But they don’t need to be. If you pay attention, you can make it a low-calorie dish.

Pumpkin pie
(1 slice) 316 calories
As far as desserts go, it's a far better choice than pecan. Hold the whipped cream!

Total: 942 calories

For more nutrition tips, visit “Women's Health” magazine.

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