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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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Candied Orange and Cranberry Sauce
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2. Try the cranberries, minus the sugar

Typical T-Day: These tart little berries rank among the highest antioxidant foods (powerful cancer-fighting anthocyanins lend them their reddish/purple color), and they deliver vitamins A, C, and E. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine says they may help prevent urinary tract infections by thwarting bacteria, such as E. coli, from clinging to urinary tract walls.

Tradition makeover: Traditional cranberry sauce is typically bursting with sugar—and calories. Try to stick to small portions (2 tablespoons) or experiment with a lower-sugar recipe, mixing in other fruits that are naturally sweeter. Nutritionist Lesson suggests combining 3 cups fresh cranberries with 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar, and 1 cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan. Cook at medium-high heat until boiling; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened (about 12 minutes). Remove cinnamon stick and cool before serving.

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