Today we will be discussing the caloric value of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner:
1) Turkey: 6 oz (1/2 cup) is anywhere between 151 and 420 calories.
2) Gravy: ½ cup 60-80 calories
3) Mashed potatoes: anywhere from 111 to 171 calories for ½ or ¾ of a cup
4) Sweet potatoes: between 155 and 249 calories. (the sweeter they are, the more calories they are likely to have)
5) Cranberry sauce: about 100 calories for ¼ of a cup.
6) Stuffing has a huge range of calories depending on how it is made. I found the range can be from 170 to 410 calories. The Stove Top stuff is what came in at 170 calories.
7) Apple pie: between 300 and 517 calories
8) Pumpkin pie: between 228 and 284 calories.
Total all of these items up and you are looking at anywhere between 1275 and 2241 calories per ONE serving. That is one calorie filled meal!
So do you skip the holiday meal? No way! How about trying to be proactive? Many towns have “Turkey Trots” which are organized 5k, 10k or ½ marathons on Thanksgiving morning. Even if you are not a runner there is no law that says you can’t walk, so get a friend and start at the back of the pack and burn off some of the calories you will be ingesting later. If you can’t find an organized race near you, you can always put your sneakers on and go outside for a walk/run in your own neighborhood. An hour of running (5mph for a 138lb female) will burn 658 calories. Walking briskly can burn 362 calories an hour, and simply walking the dog can burn 271 calories an hour. Use this knowledge to have a healthy turkey day!