Does thinking of Thanksgiving dinner make your jeans feel a little tighter? It should. The average Thanksgiving dinner can pack a huge calorie punch, often weighing in at 3,000 calories and 200 grams of fat. But, don’t blame the bird. A traditional thanksgiving feast is full of nutritious foods that we tend to make as calorically dense as possible — we are notorious for pumping the sides full of butter, oil, cream, and sugar.
Luckily, you don’t have to give up everything you love about Thanksgiving dinner to stay on track with your diet. To avoid over-indulgence that can be hard on the waistline, a few easy substitutions can make all the difference.
And remember, portions are key. This is what may take you from a 1,000 calorie meal to a 3,000 calorie overload. Here is step-by-step guide to dishing up your plate with as minimal damage as possible:
One plateful is plenty. The leftovers tomorrow will taste even better and be worth the wait! Enjoy the holiday weekend and then get back to your regular eating routine ASAP in order to avoid the unwanted holiday weight gain.
Andrea Mawson, BSc, RD, IOC Diploma Sport Nutrition is a nutritionist and private practice registered dietitian specializing in weight loss. She has created an innovative nutritional program that she has used on clients all across Canada to achieve and maintain their best weight, improved health and well-being. For more information log onto www.andreamawson.ca