Tips for keeping the calories low on Thanksgiving

Nov 11, 2014, 5:30 AM | Updated: 5:30 am

PHOENIX — Thanksgiving dinner can be delicious, but dangerous for people with certain health conditions.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29.1 million Americans are living with diabetes. About half of U.S. adults are dealing with other health conditions like uncontrolled high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease.

“It’s all about moderation,” said Nicole Hahn, a senior clinical nutrition manager at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Arizona. “You can enjoy all the foods you love this holiday season, but plan your meals and pick and choose the treats you eat. You should also practice portion control.”

Health experts suggest that as you prepare to cook your holiday meals, think about healthy substitutes for the ingredients.

Consider applesauce or black beans instead of oils.
Forget the yolk: Use only egg whites or completely ditch the egg and use chia seeds instead. Also, try to use low-fat products when possible.

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Tips for keeping the calories low on Thanksgiving