This is the holiday where everyone eats way too much. Besides family, it's almost the point of the holiday. If you are watching what you eat, and trying to watch your weight, don’t get discouraged. Instead of fighting the desire to overeat, here is a game plan: Skip the fillers like nuts and bread and pile up your plate, once, with big but still reasonable portions of this truly delicious stuff.
Cocktails - If you want to enjoy a cocktail, choose wine. You can go with white or red (only a 3-5 calorie difference per ounce). But note: red wine offers resveratrol, a healthy antioxidant, in higher amounts.
Turkey - (about 3 oz or the size of a deck of cards) 107 calories.
Go for skinless breast over thigh; dark meat is higher in saturated fat and calories.
Gravy - (1-2 tablespoons) 8-16 calories
Use a soupspoon instead of the spout of the gravy boat to serve yourself: you'll use less.
Stuffing - (1/2 cup) 177 calories
If you have the option, choose regular-bread stuffing over cornbread.
Cranberry Sauce - (1 slice canned) 86 calories
A slice should be half an inch—about the thickness of your cell phone.
Sweet Potato - (1 whole, baked, skin on) 103 calories
Do your best to pass if the sweet potatoes are candied or in casseroles which can pack as much as 300 calories per cup.
Pumpkin Pie - (1 slice) 316 calories
As far as desserts, pumpkin pie is a far better choice than pecan. Hold the whipped cream!
Total calories in this delicious meal: 1,022 Calories
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