Did you know the average Thanksgiving meal comes in at 4500 calories and 229 grams of fat?! And for those who have more than one holiday meal to consume over the weekend the damage can be immense.
To be honest, many of the calories come in from the excess alcohol and snacking throughout the day and my menu does not include this beyond one 5 oz glass of red wine. To combat these excess calories try to have a filling, healthy breakfast and have plenty of fruit, veggies, and water on hand to snack on before dinner.
This year I attempted to take well-known holiday dishes and re-create (with inspiration from other recipes) them with fresher, more healthy ingredients. Over the next three weeks I will be sharing what my family at for Thanksgiving. So what was on the menu?
- Roast turkey
- Apple and cranberry salad with poppy seed dressing
- Fresh green bean casserole
- Roast acorn squash
- Apple, onion, and sage stuffing
- Cranberry (and orange) sauce
- Marie Callender’s pumpkin pie
- Red wine
Total damage for one meal: 1480 calories and 44.6 grams of fat. This includes 6oz turkey breast, one serving of each side dish, a slice of pumpkin pie, and a 5oz glass of red wine. That is only 1/3 the calories and 1/5 the fat of the traditional meal. Even if you doubled the servings you would still come in under the national average.
I hope you can use some of these recipes and tips to curb the extra holiday pounds in these coming weeks. Enjoy!
[This year’s turkey was courtesy of my step-dad and dessert courtesy of Marie Callender’s 😉 ]