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Simple switches for healthier holiday meals

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Americans will consume an average of more than 4,500 calories this Thanksgiving, from the holiday meal to appetizers and drinks.

It's a bit late to change your Thanksgiving meal, but some tips could help you keep the weight off through the rest of this holiday season.

Whether you are cooking a big Thanksgiving meal or simply bringing dishes to someone else's shindig, here are some tips to prepare healthier meals during the holidays.

Experts say most recipes have more sugar and fat than necessary, and that's a good place to start trimming.

Use fat-free chicken broth for basting the turkey and for making gravy.

Use sugar substitutes, like NutraSweet or agave nectar, in place of sugar.

You can also use fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods.

Try to limit the amount of oil you use and go for a low-fat butter option.

Substitute plain yogurt or low-fat sour cream in casseroles and mashed potatoes or in creamy dips.

Make sure there are plenty of vegetable options at the table.

And look online for healthier versions of your holiday favorites.

With a little research, planning and effort, you can make a holiday feast that satisfies your soul without ruining your waistline.

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