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Thanksgiving Shakedown

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends to celebrate Canada's bounty. And, who doesn't love 'gobbling' up roast turkey with all the trimmings?

Did you know?

• A typical Thanksgiving dinner contains about 3000 calories?

• The average person would have to walk approximately.

• 48 km to burn those calories!

A traditional family feast requires a lot of preparation, cutting into quality time with your loved ones. This year, downsize your Thanksgiving menu; it will keep your waistline in check and you'll have more time with your guests.

• Freshen up your appetizer selection by serving colourful vegetables; for example hollow out cucumber rounds or cherry tomatoes and stuff with your favourite Summer Fresh Hummus.

• Warm a store-bought, low-calorie puréed soup to serve as an elegant starter. Garnish with a dollop of Summer Fresh Dip -- no one will know it isn't homemade!

• Roast, grill or poach lean, skinless turkey breast instead of cooking the whole bird. Cook it a day ahead and gently re-warm before serving with a flavourful condiment like Summer Fresh Cranberry Bruschetta -- you won't even miss the gravy.

• Boost fibre by replacing mashed potatoes with multi-grain pilaf such as Summer Fresh Multi-grain Salad or Wheatberry Salad; warm gently before serving.

• Exchange heavy vegetable casseroles for tender-crisp steamed vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, beets, green beans or Brussels sprouts tossed with just a hint of butter or olive oil, sea salt and pepper.

• Celebrate the autumn harvest in a healthier way by serving make-ahead desserts such as poached pears or a wholesome fruit crumble instead of pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving in 2010!

Amy Snider-Whitson
President, The Test Kitchen Incorporated

Amy Snider-Whitson has developed nutrition programs and guided food marketers to use health and diet messages responsibly and meaningfully.

She employs a battery of nutrition databases and has contacts at the CFIA, USDA, FDA and ADA with whom she frequently consults to help make responsible claims that can help consumers to lead healthier lives.

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• Summer Salad Days

• Weeknight Grill Buddies

• Seven Layer Heaven

• I Love Mom

• Spring Planting

• Nutrition Myths

• Family Day Fun

• Cupboard Clean-Up: Snack Attack

• Holiday Party Survival Guide

• Entertaining Special Diets

• Thanksgiving Shakedown

• Dinner Made Easy

• Glycemic Index Primer

• Summertime Switch Up

• Just For Men

• Mommy Love

• Spring Bounty

• Getting Kids to Eat Healthy Food

• Food for the Heart

• Countdown to improve your health

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