According to the Calorie Control Counsel, the average American will consume 4500 calories at their Thanksgiving Dinner! Could you really be in for a meal that large? There’s no way, right?
Skeptics say it is an unbelievable amount of calories. A New York Times reporter used the following sample menu and came up with 2,486 calories:
- 6 oz. of turkey, with skin: 299 calories
- sausage stuffing: 310 calories
- dinner roll and butter: 310 calories
- sweet-potato casserole: 300 calories
- mashed potatoes and gravy: 140 calories
- green-bean casserole: 110 calories
- cranberry sauce: 15 calories
- brussels sprouts: 83 calories
- pumpkin pie: 316 calories
- pecan pie: 503 calories
- whipped cream: 100 calories
But, what about mom’s famous spinach dip with pita bread? Or the cheese and pepperoni tray? How about a couple glasses of wine?
There’s approximately 250 calories in two five-ounce glasses of red wine. Four pita bread triangles with spinach dip will cost you 310 calories, and 4 cubes of cheese and 4 slices of pepperoni on water crackers are about 353 calories.
Now we’re up to 3,399 – still pretty far away from that whopping 4,500, but a huge amount over the recommended daily intake.
Holiday Action Plan: What to do?
- If you can, try to control your portions
- Opt for lower calorie hors d’oeuvres like fruit instead of high calorie creamy style hors d’oeuvres.
- Be sure to have a glass of water between each glass of wine.
- Can’t decide between the four flavors of pie? Take just a tiny sliver of each.
- Don’t sit next to the appetizers, they’ll be tempting to eat if you do.
- Hosting or supplying an item? Try to find a healthy version of traditional items, or
try something new!
For more Thanksgiving cooking tips, read “Factor in Your Fixins'”, an article from the November 2016 issue of Enhance Magazine: http://www.hacmagazine.com/