Saturday, November 16, 2013

Enjoy Thanksgiving without Packing on the Pounds!

On average we eat as much as 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving! Knowing which foods to cut back on can make a healthy impact on your waistline while still enjoying the foods you love.

Biggest Offenders:                                                                                              
Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows 1 cup 590 calories                   
Pecan Pie 1 slice 500 calories                                                                                      
Apple Pie 1 slice 400 calories                                                                                      
Mashed potatoes with gravy 1 cup 345 calories                                                 
Cornbread stuffing 1 cup 350 calories                                                                     
Mac ‘n Cheese ½ cup 210 calories

Healthiest Options:
Skinless turkey 3oz 135 calories
Roasted Potatoes 1 cup 200 calories
Brussels Sprouts ½ cup 30 calories
Green Beans 1 cup 40 calories
Homemade cranberry sauce 1/3 cup 40 calories

Side by Side:
Turkey, white meat 4oz 180 calories vs. Turkey, dark meat 4oz 325 calories
Roasted Potatoes 1 cup 200 calories vs. Mashed Potatoes with gravy 345 calories
Green Beans 1 cup 40 calories vs. Green Bean Casserole ½ cup 225 calories
Cranberry Relish ½ cup 75 calories vs. Jellied Cranberry Sauce ¼ cup 110 calories
Pumpkin Pie 1 slice 315 calories vs. pecan pie 1 slice 500 calories

Calorie Cutting Tips:
Drink water instead of soda or juice; limit alcohol as much as possible
Eat light at breakfast and lunch to compensate for dinner
Appetizers can quickly add up, focus on the main meal and stay away from pre-meal temptations
Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables (salad, green beans, broccoli, etc.) and the rest of your plate with small samplings of more indulgent side dishes
Take a sliver of pie instead of a whole slice
Skip dessert toppings like whipped cream and ice cream
Take a walk or play an active game, get the family involved and burn some extra calories

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