Food and Diet

A healthier Thanksgiving in 8 traditional, simple, calorie-conscious courses

(CNN)Thanksgiving is a time for feasting, certainly not fasting or dieting. But if you're kicking off the holiday season with your health in mind, there are a few smart switches you can make on Turkey Day that will help boost your nutrition and lighten your calorie load.

Below are some savvy substitutions that can help you save nearly 1,200 calories for the entire meal.

Red wine instead of White Russian

Calories in cocktails can add up quickly, thanks to sugary mixers, tonic, juice, soda and syrups. What's more, depending on the pour, mixed drinks may contain more than one serving of alcohol (that is, more than 1.5 ounces of vodka or gin), which also boosts calories.