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A Low-Fat, Low-Calorie Thanksgiving Menu

Posted Nov 21 2011 12:37pm

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If you're trying to watch what you eat, Thanksgiving feasts can really wreck your diet. These five traditional foods--and recipes--are loaded with healthy nutrients but not calories.

Corn may get a bad rap because of high fructose corn syrup, but an ear of corn is loaded with B vitamins, folate, dietary fiber, vitamin C, phosphorus and manganese. Plus, it's Thanksgiving gold--the Wampanoag introduced the pilgrims to corn.

Creamy cannellini beans are a good source of fiber, which can help fill you up and may help lower your cholesterol.

Root vegetables like leeks, parsnips and rutabagas are an inexpensive and nutritious alternative to out-of-season veggies.

Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, which converts to the antioxidant vitamin A once in our bodies.

Cranberries are a great winter source of vitamin C.
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