A Thanksgiving dinner contains an average of 3,000 calories. That's far more than the average person should consume in a day much less a single meal.
We sometimes think of holidays as a guilty pleasure, but the truth is "traditional" foods can be very healthy!
Registered Dietitian, Nikki Ver Steeg, from Avera Heart Hospital, is usually busy helping heart patients modify their diet but today she's in the kitchen giving KSFY some tips on how to stay healthy during the holidays
"When we have traditional meals, a lot of times we've taken a lot of the nutrients or added a lot of calories that we don't necessarily need," she said. "Instead just try to choose those foods that have more of those nutrients that they came with."
Holiday foods can offer huge nutritional benefits. For example, cranberries have antioxidants that may help protect against heart disease. Sweet potatoes are bright orange in color, which is an indication that they are loaded with beta-carotene..
"You can also change some of the things with the green beans," she said. "Maybe get some fresh green beans, or add some almonds with some healthy fats, and then cook a little bit with some extra virgin olive oil and cinnamon."
And if you still can't resist: just remember, everything in moderation!.
Also remember to cook all foods to their recommended internal temperatures, avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen, and put away all foods within two hours after cooking them to avoid food poisoning.
If you have questions call 877-AT-AVERA or visit www.averamckennan.org