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Healthy Eating Tip: Choose Thanksgiving Leftovers Wisely

Of course we're going to enjoy the traditional treats on Thanksgiving, indulging in a piece of pumpkin pie and savoring our family's special stuffing. Selecting one piece of pie and refraining from returning for a second helping of that stuffing is the way to walk away from the meal without guilt. Subsisting on Thanksgiving leftovers for the week that follows is what causes the holiday pounds, so prevent holiday-related weight gain by ditching the high-calorie culprits.

If you're hosting dinner at your home, pick up a package of inexpensive, reusable containers to send your guests home with the goodies that would be too tempting in your refrigerator. Enjoy every bite during the meal and then rid your kitchen of the unhealthy dishes that make you weak in the knees and cause you to overeat. Hang on to the leftovers that can be healthily incorporated into next-day meals, like white meat from the turkey, veggie side dishes, and the leftover fruit from your appetizer platter. The gravy? That's probably best left to your guests, who will happily take the delicious sauce off your hands.


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mtiger mtiger 8 years
lilCROAT...I've eaten reheated potatos hundreds of times over the years. I don't believe that's true!
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
that's weird... probably like creamy spinach bc i usually reheat my steamed spinach on olive oil and it's never been a prob. people are lying to us!
bella85 bella85 8 years
I heard that you should't reheat spinach and mushrooms, but never heard of the potato-thing...
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
this might just be an old euro wives tale but i heard once potatoes cool off if you reheat them they turn into poison. my f.i.n told me that but i kinda blew it off tsssssssssh and reheated mashed potatoes....later on my stomach started hurting and i got paranoid. has anyone heard of that one?
Spectra Spectra 8 years
We'll be going to my parents' house this year and my mom always divvies up all the leftovers and sends about a meal's worth back with everyone. IMHO, it's the perfect amount so that you can enjoy your meal one more time and then be done. Otherwise, I'm sure she and my dad would be eating turkey, dressing, and mashed potatoes for two weeks!
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