How Many Calories Are in Thanksgiving Dinner?
A dish-by-dish guide to eating healthier—and lighter—this holiday
By Consumer Reports Last updated: November 20, 2017 consumerreports.org
“..According to the Calorie Control Council, Americans may consume more than 4,500 calories at their Thanksgiving dinner. The meal we created contains less than half that, yet still provides plenty of food. …
“Be mindful of how much you serve yourself,” says Maxine Siegel, R.D., who heads Consumer Reports’ food lab. “That way you can sample many foods without going overboard. But double or triple your portions—which is easy to do—and you could consume a sky-high number of calories.”
Depending on age, weight, and gender, most people should have somewhere between 1,600 and 2,800 calories daily. So at around 2,000 calories in our Thanksgiving dinner, even the CR spread has more than a daily allowance..”
Health Benefits of Thanksgiving Dinner Karen Borsari shape.com
“…Just 5oz of turkey provides half the recommended daily allowance of folic acid and 32g of protein.
A half-cup serving of sweet potatoes provides 330% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin A!…
..1/8th of a 9” pumpkin pie packs 4.2g of fiber and 288mg of potassium, which helps counteract the high levels of sodium in a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Breaking down your Thanksgiving dinner: By the numbers theweek.com
“..So, what’s the best way to avoid overeating on Turkey Day and control your calorie count? Don’t skip breakfast, says Kathleen M. Zelman at WebMD. Although many people avoid eating to “save room” for the big feast, eating something small in the morning means you won’t be starving by the time the turkey is carved. It also helps to be aware of the foods that pack the most calories, and modify your portion size accordingly. If this is the year you’re finally going to keep your winter waistline in check, take a look at how your dinner plate breaks down nutritionally:..”
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Salt…in your pumpkin pie? Thanksgiving heightens sodium onslaught By LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press nseattletimes.com
“…Government guidelines set 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day as the safe upper limit. We don’t need that much: The Institute of Medicine says just 1,500 mg a day, a little less for older adults, is enough to regulate the body’s fluid balance, the mineral’s job…
Thanksgiving dinner alone can easily reach those limits: Stuffing can harbor up to 600 mg of sodium a serving, plus 300 for gravy. If you bought the salt-added turkey, plan on 490 mg. A biscuit can mean 350, although a dinner roll might have half that. Pumpkin pie doesn’t seem salty, but one popular brand has 300 mg a slice…
Thanksgiving feast loaded with salt: Reason for concern? cbsnews.com
“..If you do chose to cut back, Thayer, the dietitian, has some tips for Thanksgiving:
All bread contains sodium, but homemade cornbread for stuffing could cut a few hundred milligrams
Use low-sodium broth for the gravy, and choose low-sodium soups
Try onion, garlic and other herbs in place of salt. Lemon and citrus can stand in for salt in some foods
Check your spice bottles. Combination seasonings can contain salt.
Fresh or frozen vegetables have little if any sodium, unless you choose the frozen kind with sauce
People tend to heavily salt mashed potatoes while sweet potatoes contain very little sodium..”
Dr. Kevin Most: Thanksgiving and some new blood pressure news Posted 8:23 AM, November 20, 2017, by Mary Sandberg Boyle, Updated at 07:16AM, November 20, 2017 wgnradio.com
“..So this announcement has some really bad timing as we enter Thanksgiving Week. I just told you 40 Million people are now moved into a classification of high blood pressure and that losing weight is a great way to lower your blood pressure, and we are entering the week of Thanksgiving and the holiday season where we often see individuals put on 10 pounds not lose 5 pounds. By the way we have president Lincoln to blame for this as he made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1864..”
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13 Healthy Ways to Eat Thanksgiving Leftovers By Alison Loughman November 25, 2014 rodalewellness.com
Turn those Turkey Day indulgences into satisfying post-holiday meals with these expert-approved tips.
“..“Even the healthiest eater can get derailed on this day of thanks,” says Dawna Stone, Certified Health Coach and author of The Healthy You Diet. “Fortunately, among the gluttony of caloric, dense, unhealthy fare, there are some healthy and tasty options that not only taste great on Thanksgiving, but can also be used to make healthy and satisfying meals in the days to come.”..”
Ellen’s Tips for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers – YouTube
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