Trim down the fixings
To help you trim almost 1,000 calories (no, that isn’t a typo) from your traditional Thanksgiving feast, our Nutrition & You blogger, Joan Salge Blake, has provided us with some clever but easy ways to trim your holiday meal and possibly your waist. But first, a little pop quiz…
Guess the calories:
Turkey, white & dark meat, with skin, 6 ounces
Gravy, 1/3 cup
Mashed potatoes, 1 cup
Cranberry sauce, 1/3 cup
Green bean casserole, 1 cup
Sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows, 1 cup
Dinner roll with butter, 1 tablespoon
Apple pie, 1 slice, with vanilla ice cream, ½ cup
Typical Thanksgiving meal: 2,300 calories
If you answered 2,300 calories, you are correct. Of course, that’s before you uncork the wine and go for a second helping.
Here are Joan’s tips for cutting out calories without skimping on taste:
Starting with the bird, instead of covering your plate with 6 ounces of a combo of white and dark meat with skin, consider taking only 3 ounces of meat (the size of a lady’s palm or the size of your MasterCard approximately ½ inch thick) and leaving the fatty skin in the roasting pan with the rest of the grease.
Calories saved: 208
Swap the sweet potato casserole
Instead of making grandma’s sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows, consider starting a new tradition with these stuffed sweet potatoes.
Calories saved: 266
Green bean casserole
Instead of making the same old green bean and mushroom soup casserole topped with those fat-laden packaged fried onion rings (Serving size: 2 Tbsp, Calories per serving: 45), consider stir-frying the fresh green beans with a little olive oil, garlic, and a smidge of salt and pepper for a healthier veggie side. Or, try this easy-to-make lemon-walnut green beans recipe.
Calories saved: 135
Instead of piling on a full cup of mashed potatoes on your plate, consider scooping only half as much (½ cup).
Calories saved: 200
Instead of eating the traditional apple pie topped with ½ cup of creamy vanilla ice cream (approx. 110 calories per 1/2 cup), consider topping off your holiday apple pie with the same amount of low fat vanilla ice cream.
Calories saved: 160
Making these small changes will still leave you satisfied, but you will be smiling too when you look at the scales on Monday. Have a healthy holiday season!