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A Healthy Thanksgiving Makeover

10 surprising ways that Thanksgiving, including your favorite potatoes and pie, can be really good for you.

By Leslie Goldman

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1. That turkey does more than put you to sleep!

Typical T-Day: White-meat turkey is a fantastic source of lean protein; it's also rich in iron (important for nutrient transport) and B vitamins, which promote healthy brain functioning and help your body burn calories for energy.

Tradition makeover: Make your turkey meal even healthier by ditching the dark meat completely. Simply roast or braise a turkey breast in fat-free broth. "That's the favorite cut for most people anyway," says Marlene Lesson, MS, LDN, nutrition director at Structure House residential weight-loss center in Durham, North Carolina. "Remove the skin and you're saving 72 calories and 9 grams of saturated fat per 4-ounce serving." Want to flip the bird even more? Go organic. "We know that organic turkey doesn't contain antibiotics," explains LA-based dietitian Ashley Koff, RD, "and they are fed food that chickens are meant to eat, so the nutrient profile is optimal."

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