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Snacks: One-third of Thanksgiving calories

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A representative of a U.S. food-maker advises staying clear of calorie-rich side-dishes and snacks this Thanksgiving.

Tracey Altman, vice president marketing for Wholly Guacamole, says an estimated 30 percent of Thanksgiving calories come from outside the traditional meal.

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"For many consumers, this is the start of gaining weight season," Altman says in a statement. "Making better choices in between meals allows them to still enjoy their favorites."

Altman suggests stocking the fridge with foods that work double duty -- acting as both snack and ingredient --but not high in calories. A good, low calorie alternative is fresh cut vegetables served with hummus, guacamole or warm queso.

Another Altman idea for low-calorie snacking is substituting guacamole -- 25 calories -- as a sandwich spread instead of mayonnaise which is 45 calories or 90-calorie ranch dressing.

For turkey leftovers, Altman suggests Southwestern Turkey salad: Combine about a pound of cubed leftover cooked turkey with 1 cup each of:

-- Light sour cream.

-- Guacamole.

-- Rinsed black beans.

-- Diced Red onion.

-- Drained corn kernels.

Stir together. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with lettuce leaves as a wrap or with pita chips for dipping.

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