5 Thanksgiving Dishes a Nutritionist Always Avoids (and What to Make Instead)

Thanksgiving is a time to gather around a table with loved ones to give thanks and, of course, to share a delicious meal. However, traditional holiday dishes can derail even the most devoted dieters. From the buttery mashed potatoes to the sugar-filled slices of pumpkin pie, navigating the nutritional value of traditional Thanksgiving dishes can be challenging, to say the least.

Thankfully, "Eating healthy during the holidays doesn't mean you need to forgo your favorite dishes," reassures Adrienne Klein, a certified transformational nutrition coach at Thyroid Refresh, a support platform for those who need to follow a thyroid-specific diet and lifestyle. "As a thyroid disease sufferer, there are also some foods that can trigger symptoms, and it's the last thing I want on such a joyful holiday."

Ahead, we asked the nutritionist to weigh in on the five unhealthy Thanksgiving foods she would never eat (and what to make instead).