Thanksgiving Food Swaps to Save Calories

Make 9 changes and cut out a staggering 2000 calories at your Thanksgiving dinner.
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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

It’s time to start planning for what might be the most glutinous holiday of the year. While most Thanksgiving offerings are spun from healthy ingredients, the sheer volume, variety, and usually hefty dose of butter can make your holiday meal a belly buster. Instead of packing in the average 4500 calories at the gathering this year, make these 9 changes and cut out a staggering 2000 calories!

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