Looking for ways to have a heart-healthy Thanksgiving? Give your favorite recipes and traditions a new, healthy twist with these ideas.\nHealthier Thanksgiving Dishes\nPicture your ideal Thanksgiving meal: Do you see a plate piled with turkey, a mound of stuffing, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, and creamy green bean casserole? You can still enjoy your holiday favorites without losing flavor by making some simple swaps that cut the extra fat, salt, and sugar from your recipes.\n\n\nChoose a fresh turkey instead of one injected with a sodium solution. Enjoy three ounces of turkey and fill your plate with vegetables to enjoy a healthy dinner.\nGive vegetables a starring role in your feast. Sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, winter squash, and green beans can make great additions to your menu.\nBring out the natural flavor in vegetables with herbs, spices, citrus juices, or vinegar instead of salt, butter, and cream-based sauces.\nUse whole-grain bread in your stuffing instead of white, and add herbs and dried fruits or vegetables\u2014like apples and mushrooms \u2014 for more flavor.\nSkip the marshmallows on your sweet potatoes and add cinnamon instead.\nMash potatoes with low-sodium chicken broth instead of butter and cream.\nGo for low-fat milk instead of canned soup in your green bean casserole.\nMake your own cranberry sauce with fresh berries, but limit the added sugars, or try a sweetener instead.\n\nRELATED:\u00a0Infographic: Thanksgiving Day Fixin’s\nDon’t forget: Portion control plays a big part in healthy eating on a daily basis, so keep an eye on your portions at Thanksgiving dinner. Be sure to eat a healthy breakfast before your main meal so you’re not overly hungry at turkey time.\n\nLighter Desserts for Post-Thanksgiving Dinner\nIf your holiday feast isn’t complete without something sweet, don’t worry: you can still enjoy dessert and have a heart-healthy Thanksgiving. It’s easy to make healthy swaps when baking, including:\n\nSwapping applesauce for butter or oil\nUsing lower-calorie sugar substitute instead of sugar\nChoosing low-fat or fat-free milk instead of cream\nMixing whole wheat and white flour instead of using only white flour\n\nTry the American Heart Association’s baked sweet potatoes and apples, or serve in-season fruits like apples and pears for a light dessert instead of pie. And remember, portion control is just as important at dessert as it is at dinner.\nRELATED:\u00a0Thanksgiving Safety Tips for All\nMore Heart-Healthy Thanksgiving Healthy Tips\n\nCook and bake from scratch whenever you can. This way, you know exactly what goes into your dishes and you can control the amount of fat, sodium, and sugar.\nAlways check nutrition labels on packaged foods, and compare brands. Choose the option with the lowest amount of fat, sodium, and sugar.\nDrink alcohol in moderation. The American Heart Association recommends no more than one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women.\nDon’t skip activity. Make time to walk, bike, hike, dance, or play your favorite sport, even when you have a busy day of entertaining ahead of you.\nKeep calm. The holidays can be stressful, so take time for your favorite activity or meditation.\n\nHeart-Healthy Recipe Ideas for Your Feast\nLooking for some new, healthful recipes to try this Thanksgiving? We’ve got a few suggestions:\nBaked Sweet Potatoes and Apples Recipe\nTomato Basil and Bruschetta Recipe\nVeggie and Goat Cheese Pie Recipe\nGreek Quinoa Salad Recipe\nLow-Cal Chocolate Mousse Recipe\nTo learn more, visit the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute or call 1-855-UPMC-HVI (876-2484).