7 Tips to Lower Cholesterol & Still Enjoy Thanksgiving

Lisa Nelson, RD, LN Health Pro
  • The holidays are here ago, so let's review some tips so you stick with your diet to lower cholesterol levels AND still enjoy a satisfying Thanksgiving meal.

    Tip #1: Pass the Gravy

    Traditional gravy is a high fat source. To make your gravy a little healthy, use a spoon to remove fat from meat and poultry dishes prior to mixing up your gravy. Another option to remove the fat is to freeze the pan drippings and then remove them before making gravy. Next, don't go overboard. Add a little gravy for flavoring and pass it on.

    Tip #2: Trim the Turkey

    Limit your turkey to about 4 ounces. This would be right around the size or a deck of cards. Select white turkey meat without the skin to cut back on unnecessary fat calories.

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    Tip #3: Stuff the stuffing right

    Boost your veggie intake by sautéing a lot of veggies into your stuffing. Some veggies may include finely diced celery, carrots, and onions.

    Tip #4: Skim Down the Potatoes

    Use skim milk instead of cream when mashing potatoes. Add the butter and salt at the table instead of during preparation.

    Tip #5: Juice the Yams

    Sweet potatoes
    or candied yams can be kept on the healthy side by using orange juice and cinnamon to add sweetness in place of margarine/butter, and marshmallows.

    Tip #6: Cut the Crust

    Prepare and/or select pies with a single layer of crust. The crust is a high source of fat and calories. Cut unnecessary calories by eliminating one layer of crust.

    Tip #7: Wash it Down with Water

    Liquid calories in alcohol add up quickly. Also, coffee and alcohol may lead to dehydration. Select calorie-free water to wash down your Thanksgiving feast and keep you well hydrated.

    You can enjoy Thanksgiving without compromising your heart healthy diet goals. Just remember to savor every bite, take time to socialize with family and friends, and spread out the food throughout the day. You don't have to eat everything all at once!

    Be sure to sign up for the free e-course How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps provided by Health Central dietitian Lisa Nelson at http://lowercholesterolwithlisa.com.

Published On: November 22, 2010