Thanksgiving Foods Can be Healthy

NOVEMBER 23, 2005 -- With all the focus on losing weight these days, the nutritional value of holiday foods is often overlooked.

Some of your holiday favorites are remarkably healthy. Pumpkin provides a lot of vitamin A and fiber. Cranberry relish can help prevent urinary tract infections. Lowfat eggnog provides a good amount of protein and some calcium. Local nutritionists say sweet potatoes and potatoes are also good.

If you want to avoid overeating nutritionists say drink warm drinks with your meal, like tea or hot cider. That will make you feel full faster, so you'll eat less of the sweet stuff.

Reported by Darcy Douglass