If you need a more accessible version of this website, click this button on the right. Switch to Accessible Site

WARNING

You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Close [x]

Follow Us

Thanksgiving Dinner --
Stuffing More Than The Bird

Yep the AVERAGE AMERICAN ends up stuffing more than the turkey and typically consumes somewhere around 4500 calories in one meal. The salad, turkey, gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce and pie will cost about 3000 calories and the drinks with appetizers another 1500 calories.

Seems so innocent -- one day of indulgence. Go ahead and indulge, but if you are at all concerned about your waistline (or thigh-lines) realize that this is the equivalent of 9 hours of continuous strenuous exercise to compensate for all that indulgence!

The best way to deal with this is prepare for it. Yes have a thanksgiving consumption plan before heading to the in-laws. Below are edibles. For LIBATIONS CLICK HERE. Here's what you face:

Snacks:

Calories

1 celery stalk with cream cheese

45

1 cracker with cheese

70

½ cup mixed raw vegetables

25

½ cup mixed nuts

440

½ cup fresh fruit

60

1 ounce tortilla or potato chips

150

1 tablespoon dip for chips

75

Salads:

Calories

3 cups salad with diet dressing

100

1 tablespoon ranch dressing

75

½ cup gelatin with fruit

120

½ cup waldorf salad

110

Main Course:

Calories

6 ounces cured ham

300

6 ounces white and dark turkey

340

6 ounces prime rib

330

½ cup stuffing

180

½ cup cranberry sauce

190

½ cup mashed potatoes

150

½ cup gravy

150

1 baked potato with sour cream

150

½ cup green bean casserole

225

½ cup sautéed green beans

50

½ cup candied sweet potatoes

150

1 dinner roll

110

1 pat butter

45

Dessert:

Calories

2 chocolate mints

60

2 small chocolate chip cookies

150

1 piece apple pie (1/8 of 9-in pie)

410

1 piece pecan pie (1/8 of 9-in pie)

480

1 piece pumpkin pie (1/8 of 9-in pie)

180

½ cup whipped cream

75

½ cup ice cream

145

1 small piece fudge

70

Leftovers:

Calories

1 turkey sandwich with mayo and cranberry sauce

450

1 open-face turkey sandwich with stuffing and gravy

290