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Know your plate!

How do you portion your Thanksgiving dinner plate? Below are 3 examples of Thanksgiving dinner plates. Being aware is the first step to making changes!

If you identify with the larger meal, perhaps try scaling down this year and use one of the smaller meals as an example! Keep and eye out for my upcoming blogs filled with additional healthy Thanksgiving tips, recipes and strategies!

The Mega Meal Plate

1 turkey wing with skin
1/2 cup stuffing
1/2 cup mashed potatoes (made with butter and milk)
1/4 cup gravy
1/2 cup cranberry sauce
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup green bean casserole
1/2 cup candied sweet potatoes
1 dinner roll with 1 teaspoon butter
1 slice pumpkin pie with whipped cream
2 glasses wine

Grand Total: 1,876 calories, 60 g fat, 2453 mg sodium

The Calorie Conscious Plate

1 turkey wing, no skin
1/2 cup stuffing
1/4 cup mashed potatoes
2 tablespoons gravy
1/4 cup cranberry sauce
1/4 cup green peas
1/4 cup green bean casserole
1/4 cup candied sweet potatoes
1 dinner roll
1 slice pumpkin pie, with light whipped cream
1 glass wine

Grand Total: 1,202 calories, 32 g fat, 1488 mg sodium

The Portion Savvy Plate

3 ounces white turkey meat
1/2 cup wild rice stuffing
2 tablespoons gravy
1/4 cup candied sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons cranberry sauce
1/2 cup steamed broccoli
1 whole wheat dinner roll
1/4 cup lower fat green bean casserole
1 small slice lower fat pumpkin pie, no whipped cream
Iced tea

Grand Total: 743 calories, 10g fat, 845mg sodium

@ 12:33pm ET on November 20, 2008 Wow, this is great info Shauna!
@ 3:16pm ET on November 20, 2008 Shauna do you have a recipe for the wild rice stuffind of the lower fat green bean casserole?

I have been using my Calorie King to calculate the calories in the recipes I have been pulling up and some of them just shock me. Most of them I can guess.

Thanks for the post!
@ 5:38pm ET on November 20, 2008 Thanks for all of this great info Shauna. Most years I would be the person eating the first meal for 1800 cals..yikes!
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