Tips to cut 1000 calories from your Thanksgiving meal

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Thanksgiving mealDid you know the average Thanksgiving meal is over 2,000 calories and that is before you have a second serving!  Here is the average Thanksgiving meal:

  • 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, 1
  • Butter, 1 tablespoon
  • Apple pie, 1 slice
  • Vanilla ice cream, ½ cup

 

To burn 1,000 calories you would have to:

  • Run – 9 miles
  • Bike – 22 miles
  • Jump Rope – continuously for 90 minutes

 
For many, it may be easier to just cut 1,000 calories from the meal.  Here are some simple ways to do this.

  • Turkey – eat only 3 oz. of Turkey without the skin (Average calorie savings 200)
  • Sweet potato casserole – ½ cup, without marshmallows (Average calorie savings 270)
  • Green bean casserole – ½ cup, without the french onion topping (Average calorie savings 140)
  • Mashed potatoes – ½ cup instead of 1 cup (Average calorie savings 200)
  • Butter – Eliminate the butter for the dinner roll (Average calorie savings 100)
  • Apple pie – ½ cup low-fat vanilla or low fat whipped cream (Average calore savings 160)
  • Total calorie savings – 1060 calories!

By eating slowly you will feel the sensation of being full quickly and will be less inclined to go back for seconds.  Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!

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