How Many Calories Are on Your Thanksgiving Plate (Slideshow)
November 20, 2013
We break down the Thanksgiving plate so you know what you’re in for
To Drink (Average Across Brands):
If you are thinking of drinking this holiday, check out some of the average data we found on your favorite libations. Surprisingly, on average we found that even regular beer is actually better than a simple cocktail like an Old Fashioned!
Whites: 121 calories per glass
Reds (Burgundy): 127 calories per glass
Champagne: 78 calories per glass
Beer (Regular): Average 150 calories per bottle
Beer (Light): Average 95 calories per bottle
Generic Old Fashioned Cocktail: 155 calories per glass
Inarguably, Thanksgiving sides are what make the meal. But with these high calorie counts, you may want to stick to one serving of each and steer clear of seconds.
Mashed Potatoes (with Whole Milk and Butter): 237 calories per 1 cup
Green Bean Casserole: 230 calories per 1 cup
Candied Yams: 206 calories per 1 cup
Canned Cranberry Sauce: 420 calories per 1 cup
Fresh Cranberry Sauce: 408 calories per 1 cup
Stuffing: 350 calories per 1 cup
The least offensive plate accessory can quickly turn deadly if you add accoutrements like cheese and butter. Be sure to keep these plain to be able to enjoy them at their best!
Brussels Sprouts: 38 calories per 1 cup
Corn: 132 calories per ear
Spinach: 41 calories per 1 cup
Butter: 36 calories per 1 pat butter
Did you know that different parts of the turkey could break down into different calorie counts? Take care to portion out your favorite parts of the turkey to maximize your calorie intake for the better!
Serving Size: 3.5 ounces turkey
Breast with skin: 194 calories
Breast without skin: 161 calories
Wing with skin: 238 calories
Leg with skin: 213 calories
Dark meat with skin: 232 calories
Dark meat without skin: 192 calories
A boatload of gravy could cost you a boatload of calories. Make sure you distribute it equally across your plate so you can enjoy all of the flavors of gravy without oversaturating your dish.
Of course, Thanksgiving dessert is responsible for some of the worst calorie-offending plate additions. Just be sure to limit you intake to a tiny sliver if you "must" try them all!
Pumpkin Pie: 323 calories per 1 slice (1/8 divided pie)
Apple Pie: 411 calories per 1 slice (1/8 divided pie)
Pecan Pie: 503 calories per 1 slice (1/8 divided pie)
Vanilla Ice Cream Scoop : 125 calories per 1/2 cup
Whipped Cream: 15 calories per 2 tablespoons