Enjoy Everything About Thanksgiving…Without the Guilt!

November 20th, 2013

calorie chart thanksgiving feastIt’s the biggest eating holiday of the year.  We look forward to it and plan for it.  We talk about it and drool over the anticipation of what is coming.  We gather with friends and family, give thanks for everything we share.  We indulge in delicacies that most of us only allow ourselves once a year.  We thank the hostess, compliment the chef.  Then we make ourselves feel guilty about it for the next week!

Wouldn’t it be nice to have everything that goes with Thanksgiving, but without the guilt?  You can do it if you are just smart about it.  It’s not about deprivation.  It’s about decisions.  Make the right decisions and still enjoy it every bit as much.  See the chart below from dietbites.com to see how just cutting back a little at a time can really add up!

 

Holiday Goody

Calories

Diet Tips!!!

Calories

Roasted Turkey – 6 Ounces Dark + White Meat, Untrimmed

450

Roasted Turkey – 3 Ounces White Meat – Trimmed (no skin, no fat). White meat contains a little fewer calories than dark.  Add 30 more calories if you prefer dark meat.

130

1 Cup of homemade stuffing

400

1/2 Cup of boxed stuffing prepared with no calorie refrigerated butter spray.

110

1 Cup of Giblet Gravy

300

1/3 Cup of Giblet Gravy

100

1 Cup of Mashed Potatoes

350

1/2 Cup of Mashed Potatoes prepared with skim milk, no calorie refrigerated butter spray

100

Stuffed Celery – 1 stick

100

1 Stick of stuffed celery prepared with reduced fat cream cheese.

40

2 Sweet Pickles, 10 Black/Green Olives

125

2 Black Olives, 2 Green Olives

25

1 Cup of Candied Sweet Potatoes

400

1/2 Baked Sweet Potato w/ small pat of butter, dash of cinnamon, a couple of packs of no calorie sweetener.

100

1/2 Cup of Cranberry Sauce

200

1/6 Can of Cranberry Sauce – Jelled or Whole Cranberries

100

2 Rolls With Butter

300

1 Roll With 1/2 Pat of Butter

125

1 Cup of English Peas with Butter

150

1/2 Cup of English Peas with refrigerated no calorie butter spray

60

2 Glasses Sweetened Tea, Wine, Punch or Cider

300

Unsweetened Beverages – Unlimited

0

1 Slice of Pumpkin Pie With Topping

450

1 Slice of Autumn Pumpkin Pie

150

1 Slice of Pecan Pie

650

1 Cup of Fruit Salad

100

1 Cup of Egg Nog

400

1 Cup of Holiday Egg Nog

100

Grand Total

4,575

Grand Total

1,240