Catch a whiff of a perfectly browned, juicy turkey roasting in the oven on Thanksgiving Day and your mouth starts to water as your mind floods with memories of awkward family dinners past when your grandpa fell asleep in his mashed potatoes and your cousin announced he was dropping out of school to become an assassin. None if it mattered by the end of the evening, of course, because you had stuffed yourself with so many complex carbohydrates that you could barely open your eyes or zip your pants.

Whether you decide to go all-out with a traditional Thanksgiving spread, or you're looking for ways to consciously consume calories, we’ve got you covered. We asked nutrition expert Leah Kaufman, M.S., R.D which ingredients in these classic Thanksgiving dishes to substitute or exclude altogether to make your belly-busting meal healthy, healthier or healthiest.

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