Americans pack in nearly as many calories in one Thanksgiving plate as are burned off in a full marathon. Find out how to trim the calories in your Thanksgiving meal.
“essica Levings is a registered dietician in Orlando and creator of the Balanced Pantry healthy eating website. She says that swapping out some ingredients can reduce calorie consumption and in most cases, not affect the end taste of the food much.“Use a glaze for the turkey that does not include butter, such as a citrus-based orange and herb recipe, to cut calories and fat,” Levings said. She also encourages clients to leave out certain dishes if it is not a favorite or get rid of extras like rolls and butter.“Adding fruits and vegetables to mashed potatoes, such as pears, parsnips and celery root, increases fiber and will fill you up faster,” Levings said. “Consider making mini individual pies instead of the large slices that are typical.”For those who want to indulge that day, Levings says to make it about the food and its enjoyment.“I’m a firm believer that it is OK to let yourself enjoy the foods you love, and on Thanksgiving, the ones you may only eat once per year,” Levings said. “Take a minute before the meal to reflect on what you’re thankful for and it can increase feelings of satisfaction and reduce the need to overindulge on food.”