Bridal Beauties: Healthy Thanksgiving Meal Options

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WFMY NEWS 2 -- The holidays spell trouble for anyone on a diet or trying to live a healthier lifestyle.  So we asked our Bridal Beauties Personal Trainer April Hartsook to show us how we can turn some of those must-have dishes into better food options.

"We can still enjoy Thanksgiving we just have to choose better ways to prepare our meals and also watch what we put on our plates," said Hartsook.

Hartsook offers this tips:

Use baked sweet potatoes with brown sugar instead of regular baked potatoes with butter. 

Eat cauliflower mashed potatoes instead of regular mashed potatoes.  Use a little butter and if you use milk, try almond or 1% milk.

Make a green bean casserole without the heavy cream.  Use beans, onions and steamed water for a calorie light side dish.

Bake your dessert in small baking cups instead of using the bigger pie crusts.

Refrain from red meat.  It's one of the fattiest proteins.

Leave off the skin.  Just one ounce of skin on your Thanksgiving turkey contains 80 calories and 2 grams of fat.

And also ignore biscuits.  Homemade biscuits often contain whole milk and butter which makes them dense in calories.  If you can't give up bread, you're better off with cornbread.

You can find daily nutrition advice from Hartsook on her facebook page.  To join the Bridal Beauties group email Tracey at


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