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3 things you SHOULD eat on Thanksgiving

Sorry, homemade rolls and mashed potatoes are not on the list.

cinnamon sticksWe’re not going to tell you to stay away from your mom’s home-baked dinner rolls, your aunt’s mashed potatoes with an indeterminate amount of butter, or even the dessert table. (Though we’ll see you at the gym!)

This year, we’re sharing a few things you should eat at Thanksgiving. And good news: they’re common foods that won’t put out your Thanksgiving dinner host or make your family members roll their eyes at the table.

Lemons: We’re talking a big squeeze of lemon in your water. This is our number 1, easiest, laziest holiday health tip, because the alkalinity in lemons helps counter rich, salty, and sugary foods—and their bloating aftereffects. While a glass of water with a wedge of lemon can’t cancel out a plate of mashed potatoes, it’s worth sipping before, after, and during the Thanksgiving feast.

Raw veggies: While everyone else is gorging on gougeres before dinner, sit (or better yet, stand) by the crudité, and help yourself to the red bell peppers, broccoli spears, cherry tomatoes, and celery sticks. This will give your body a whole lot of healthy nutrients, plus extra water and fiber, for whatever happens at the dinner table.

Cinnamon: This spice usually plays a starring role in the kitchen this time of year. While it’s often added to pies, buns, and spiked cider, you might want to sprinkle some into your after-dinner coffee or your morning smoothie (or take a 500 mg tablet). Many integrative physicians like cinnamon it for its ability to help regulate blood sugar, and the super spice may even make it harder for your body to store fat. —Melisse Gelula