Many thanks to my friends at KCLIVE for welcoming me every other Thursday morning to discuss what we can do each day to be proactive, healthy, and happy! I am so grateful for the opportunity to share!
This week we talked about just how many calories and fat
are REALLY in that Thanksgiving dinner.
Here’s what wasn’t on the show:
The average Thanksgiving dinner contains over 770 grams of fat and 6600 calories. That’s alot when you consider the average recommended calories per day for a man is 24oo kcal and 1800 kcal for a woman. That’s not going to send you to the fat farm but over eating is always stressful on your body and your digestion.
- Turkey (two to three slices) This is a good low carb option but still has about 425 calories
- Dressing. Once up of stuffing has 42 grams of carbohydrate and around 320 calories.
- Mashed potatoes and gravy (one cup potato and 1/4 cup gravy) have 43 grams of carbohydrate and 450 calories
- Green bean casserole is lower in carbs and calories at 17 grams and 160 calories
- Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows will kick your butt with a whopping 130 grams of carbs and over 600 calories per serving.
- Cranberry sauce seems innocent enough but even it contains 22 grams of carbohydrate and 89 calories per slice/serving.
Do the math and we haven’t even talked about wine or dessert yet!
Tips for managing your Holiday eating…
- Substitute other root vegetables for potatoes. They are lower in carbs and are surprisingly delicious and filling! We’re talking rutabaga turnips and mashed cauliflower.
- Fill up on turkey and green veggies before choosing higher calorie/carb offerings
- Add more onion and celery to your dressing to make it less dense.
- Make your own cranberry sauce using less sugar or sugar substitute. Less sugar in cranberry sauce
- Skip the marshmallows completely.
- Consider making a fruit cobbler instead of pie.
- Don’t forget that liquid calories count!
- Have a plan before you sit down to eat.
- Eat before the feast if it is later in the day.
- Workout before or after you eat.
- And finally, remember what the day is about…. being grateful and spending time with your loved ones- not sweating and laid out on the couch from gorging yourself.
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