RevolutionHealth.com Offers Ways to Maximize Taste, Not Your Waist, This Thanksgiving: Experts Share Easy Tips for an Enjoyable, Less-Fattening Thanksgiving Day

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With Americans expected to consume a whopping 3,000 calories during their traditional Thanksgiving meal, 50 percent more than the total calorie intake recommended for an adult in an entire day, RevolutionHealth.com today offers a number of ways to maximize the taste without expanding your waist this coming Turkey Day.

These guidelines can help you enjoy the taste of Thanksgiving, without having to worry about your waist

    According to RevolutionHealth.com's calories burned calculator, burning off the extra Thanksgiving calories requires a typical 160-pound person to run for more than two hours, walk at a moderate pace for roughly six hours, complete about eight hours of moderate cleaning (or four of floor scrubbing), iron 80 shirts or shop for nine hours straight.

While some may want to justify the need to shop for an entire day, there are simpler ways to trim calories and make America's annual feast healthier. Today, RevolutionHealth.com launched its Thanksgiving Package, chockfull of resources to help people find healthy alternatives and deal with the consequences of overindulgence.

"There are many simple ingredient substitutions that can take a lot of the fat out of Thanksgiving," said Dr. Brad Jacobs, senior medical director of Revolution Health. "Even simple things like slowing down as you are eating can make a huge difference. Most people don't realize that it can take up to 30 minutes for their brain to figure out that they are full."

Dr. Jacobs offers these helpful tips to slow down fat and calorie intake this Thanksgiving Day:

-- Stick to Tradition - Although deep frying turkey has become popular in recent years, the traditional roasted turkey is superior in terms of calories and fat. By roasting, instead of frying, you'll reduce your calorie and fat intake by about 30 percent.

-- Rethink Mashed Potatoes - Instead of using cream and butter to prepare mashed potatoes (about 250 calories and up to 10 grams of fat), try using skim milk, reduced-fat sour cream or nonfat yogurt and chicken broth. The difference? More than 100 calories and more than 5 grams of fat - per serving.

-- Groove Up Gravy - Using chicken broth instead of fat drippings from your roasted turkey makes for a healthier, yet still tasty gravy. A can of chicken broth has just 30 calories and two grams of fat, or buy fat-free, sodium-free broth for an even healthier alternative.

-- Doll Up Dessert - Traditional desserts like pumpkin pie taste just as good if you use skim milk instead of whole milk or egg whites instead of whole eggs. Maintain tradition, but lose the calories. The lighter version of pumpkin pie cuts the fat almost in half.

-- Snack Smart - For most people, Thanksgiving means a day-long feast with snacks in between the formal meal. Offer healthier alternatives, like fat-free pretzels or popcorn, fruit and low-fat yogurt, nuts and whole wheat crackers with lower-fat dips.

"These guidelines can help you enjoy the taste of Thanksgiving, without having to worry about your waist," said Dr. Jacobs. "Traditionally, Thanksgiving has served as a time to celebrate and eat well, but the best way to show your appreciation for friends and family is to spend quality time together, enjoy Thanksgiving and agree to take on healthier behaviors throughout the year."

In addition, RevolutionHealth.com's Thanksgiving resource offers help in five key areas:

-- Healthy and Allergy-Free Alternatives - Whether it's mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans or pecan pie, RevolutionHealth.com shares more than 20 recipes for traditional Thanksgiving favorites. In addition, the site lists alternatives for ingredients like butter, evaporated milk and other Thanksgiving staples. The online resource links to food guides to help people make substitutions and accommodate guests who may have dietary restrictions or food allergies.

-- Remedies for Overindulgence - A hearty appetite may be a Thanksgiving tradition, but it doesn't have to be followed by indigestion or a difficult night's sleep. Herbal remedies such as ginger, peppermint or valerian can help ease discomforts from eating too much.

-- Guidelines for Food Safety - Is it safe to put stuffing inside the turkey? Is that leftover Thanksgiving bird past its prime? Safe food preparation and safely storing leftovers go hand-in-hand with a healthy, enjoyable holiday. Don't spoil Thanksgiving with an unexpected trip to the emergency room.

-- Food Labels 101 - When shopping for the holiday, know what's in the package. Misunderstanding food labels can trigger an allergic reaction or simply cause guests to consume unwanted ingredients - or calories. RevolutionHealth.com's guide shows how to read labels, translate food label terms into common ingredients and show how laboratories determine nutritional content in foods.

-- Tip a Glass - RevolutionHealth.com also looks at the health benefits of wine and grape juice.

About Revolution Health

Revolution Health Group LLC was created by AOL Co-Founder Steve Case to create products and services that empower people by putting them at the center of the health system. The cornerstone of the company is RevolutionHealth.com, a free consumer health and medical web site that marries expert content and online tools with the power of social networking. Revolution Health also offers premium services that enable companies to provide health content and customized online tools to their employees, an insurance marketplace and CarePages (http://www.carepages.com), the leading service that enables communication among family and friends when someone is receiving care. For more information go to http://www.RevolutionHealth.com.

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