Burning off Thanksgiving calories can contribute to a healthier holiday season. When it comes to the holidays we tend to over indulge – especially when it comes to desserts. Even though Thanksgiving is a one day event, it can add unnecessary calories that can contribute to poor health in the long run.
The Calorie Control Council estimates that the average American will consume 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat during one Thanksgiving meal. To put this into perspective, 3,500 calories equals one pound gained, meaning that just one meal can increase the number on your scale. Furthermore, that calorie average is just for dinner and does not include breakfast and lunch, meaning your caloric intake could possibly result in two additional pounds. Now imagine what happens if you attend more than one holiday dinner.
Additionally, aside from food, sugary beverages and alcohol can add extra calories as well. So even if you didn’t eat a lot, your calorie count creeps a little higher every time you take a sip.
It may seem crazy that a simple Thanksgiving meal could be that unhealthy for you – it’s essentially turkey and vegetables, which in theory are good for you. But the way the turkey and vegetables are prepared can add additional unwanted calories that just pile up when you overeat.
Below is a chart that highlights common holiday food and their calories.
|Pumpkin pie||1 slice of 8 inch pie||279|
|Cranberry sauce||1 cup||418|
|Mashed potatoes||1 cup||237|
|Turkey leg||1 leg||417|
|Skinless turkey breast||8 ounces||305|
|Sweet potatoes||1 cup||258|
|Pecan pie||1 slice of 8 inch pie||532|
|Green bean casserole||2 scoops||200|
|Honey glazed ham||3 slices||360|
|Dinner rolls||3x 2″x2″||233|
|Baked potato||1 large||278|
|Scalloped potatoes||1 cup||228|
|Broccoli and cheese soup||1 cup||211|
|Apple pie à la mode||1 slice of 8 inch pie + 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream||414|
|Cherry pie||1 slice of 8 inch pie||304|
|Sour cream dip||4 tablespoons||140|
|Sugar cookies||4x 1.3oz cookies||340|
|Bread pudding||2 scoops||380|
|Potato latkes||3 ounces||319|
|Egg nog||1 cup||344|
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