Thanksgiving Eats: Feast or Foe - by Jocelyn Sidwell
Brought to you by the lovely Jocelyn, wellness coach, Level Lifestyle!
Eat less, exercise more is the ideal formula for a healthier lifestyle and especially holiday. Let's be honest, no one is perfect during the holiday indulgence. The Calorie Control Council reports that on average an adult consumes 4,500 calories and 229g fat in one Thanksgiving meal. You would have to jog 33 miles to burn all those calories! Without skimping on the favorites lets see which are the best and worst to fill your plate with this Thanksgiving.
White Meat vs. Dark Meat
There is an average of 115 calories and 7g of fat in 3 ounces of white meat turkey. Dark meat has about 50 more calories at 160 and 11g of fat per 3 ounces. Stick to the white side, sorry Vader.
Green Bean Casserole vs. Sweet Potato Casserole
Per ¾ cup green bean casserole has 161 calories and 9 g of fat. Sweet potato has 285 calories and 5g of fat. The sweet potato casserole is more nutrient dense if you can shave off all those marshmallows and gooey nut crumble topping. I say stick to the green bean casserole and admit the crunchy onions.
Pumpkin Pie vs. Apple Pie
Pumpkin always wins in my book. Per slice pumpkin pie has about 316 calories and 14g of fat. Apple pie has 411 calories and 19g of fat per slice. Blame it on the butter and double crust. Leave off the a la mode and save your self the extra 145 calories.
Dinner Rolls vs. Stuffing
A dinner roll with butter will run you about 140 calories and 5g of fat. A ½ cup of stuffing is 160 calories and 9g of fat. Try to stick to one bread starch on your plate. You want dessert, don’t you?
Cranberry Jelly vs. Gravy
Cranberry jelly is just awful. If you must, it is 110 calories and 0g of fat per ¼ cup. Don’t let the zero fat fool you, it is nothing but processed sugar. Gravy, even though I don’t approve with all its sodium and flour, is 30 calories and 1.5g of fat per ¼ cup. If you have homemade cranberry sauce on your table, opt for that.
Tips for healthy Thanksgiving
Portion control, duh
Stay away from white flours and white sugars when you are cooking or consuming
Use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream
Don’t forget the reason for the season. Be thankful and spend time with your family, mingle, talk and eat slow
Get some sort of activity. Walk, play football with the kids, go for a bike ride
Go easy on the alcohol. Alternate a glass of water between every alcoholic beverage. Try mixing sparkling or seltzer water in your wine and make a spritzer. Add a few pieces of frozen fruit like raspberries or blueberries for an added festive touch.