Gobble Up a Healthy Thanksgiving

Did you know that Americans consume an average of 3,000 calories when they sit down to a Thanksgiving meal?

An additional 1,500 calories come from appetizers and drinks, for a total of 4,500 calories!

That’s well over two days worth of calories for most people!


Super-sized portions at Thanksgiving are a huge contributor to weight gain during the holiday season. In order to keep your portions in check, use some of these tactics:

Tips for portion control on Thanksgiving

Choose the right plate. Choose a salad sized plate or kids plate when going for the main course. Even with a full plate, you portions will be kept to a reasonable size..

Go for volume. Choose whole grains, fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, salads, and other foods with lots of water and fiber to fill you up without too many calories.

Stick to smart choices. While each of us have our own favorites, keep in mind that some holiday foods are better choices than others. White, skinless turkey meat, plain vegetables, roasted sweet potatoes, thin gravy, and pumpkin pie tend to be the best bets because they are lower in fat and calories than dark turkey meat with skin, stuffing, fully loaded mashed potatoes, thick gravy, and pecan pie.

Eat mindfully. Tasting each mouthful is one of the easiest ways to enjoy your meal and feel satisfied with one plate full of food. Put your fork down and enjoy mealtime conversations with family and friends.

Go skinny on seconds. After your first round, wait for your brain to catch up with your stomach. If you’re still hungry after 20 minutes, drink a glass of water. If you’re still hungry at that point, help yourself to very small amounts of one or two of your favorites – but don’t go overboard.

Cut back on dessert. Ask for a half slice of pie and/or skip the crust. It most likely will cure your sweet tooth, and you’ll be cutting down on extra calories, sugar, and fat.

Remember, as long as you keep your portions under control, you can still enjoy all there is to offer at the table.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving portion control tactic?


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