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How to Cook a Light Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

If you feel as stuffed as a Thanksgiving turkey after your holiday meal, there’s a reason. The average Thanksgiving meal equals 3,000 calories and a 229 grams of fat, reports the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Reducing portions alone may not be enough to lighten the meal on your annual day of overindulgence. Pepper the meal with flavors, not fats. Offer guests a cornucopia of savory options in a steady parade of dishes. Revamp your existing traditional dishes and opt for low-fat, low-sodium and low-cholesterol foods while cooking.