Where Thanksgiving calories hide

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By Patrick Jones, Buzz60

Everyone knows Thanksgiving is the holiday of excess. While it's nice to enjoy a feast with family and friends, it can be difficult for those that aren't looking to stuff themselves during the celebration.

If you're trying to get in shape or stay in shape and don't want the holidays to derail your hard work or discipline, here are a few tips! Calories are aplenty on the Thanksgiving table, but it might help to know where they're hiding in abundance.

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Ginger Mandarin Cranberry Sauce

"My self-proclaimed cranberry sauce hater (Moses) said, "I'd eat that" and I'm hoping that translates to, "this is the sauce that dreams are made of." - Fix Feast Flair

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Paleo No Bake Pecan Pumpkin Pie Bites

"No Bake Pecan Pumpkin Pie Bites are the perfect fall and holiday dessert! They come together quickly, are refined sugar-free and gluten-free! Feel free to have that second piece!" - With Salt and Wit

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Egg and Pepper Crostini Recipe

"Perfect for holiday entertaining and beyond, this Egg and Pepper Crostini Recipe is a cinch to put together and full of flavor. It will be the unexpected hit!" - Taste and Tell

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Traditional Casserole vs. Lighter Salad

"This year, if you're looking for a lighter version of the classic green bean casserole try my recipe for a lighter (but no less delicious!) salad version, complete with creamy (but not naughty) garlic dressing." - Holly Likes to Cook

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Prosciutto and Collard Green Hand Pies

" I'm not sure why I've never noticed this about collards before, but they are so damn delicious in everything." - Bacon, Egg and Cheesecake

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

"You’re going to  love this recipe because it’s super moist and leaves your kitchen smelling delicious as you cupcakes bake." - A Happy Food Dance

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Crescent-Wrapped Asparagus

"Crescent-Wrapped Asparagus with Boursin is very simple. Basically, prepare the asparagus, open the pre-made crescent roll dough and roll it out a little thinner with a rolling pin." - Simply Sated

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You can't skip the turkey, but you can avoid the skin and the dark meat which are the fattiest parts. Stuffing is going to be heavy so it's best to have this in moderation.

Mashed potatoes are super high in calories, but you can cut that count down by cooking them with low fat milk and skipping gravy.

As for dessert, ditch the sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows for a modest piece of pumpkin pie, which only has 320 calories a slice.

All in all, try to exercise portion control so that you don't have to exercise endlessly afterwards.

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