Health: Web Original: The Thanksgiving Game Plan

Stick with these tips and you won’t go home regretting every bite this holiday.

Thanksgiving is the ultimate eating holiday. With the focus on the food and eating plenty of it, where does your healthy diet fit in? Follow some of these tips for the big day, so the only thing stuffed is the turkey.

Pre-game nibbles
With the smell of delicious turkey still cooking in the oven, your stomach is going to growl for those pre-meal snacks. Here is the break down, so choose wisely.

Wine
Serving size is 4 ounces
Red = 80 calories
White = 75 calories

Traditional wine glasses are usually full at 7 ounces, but larger 16 ounce wine glasses are more popular today. Go for the sure thing and drink out of a champagne flute, which only holds 5 ounces. This way you know you are getting the right serving!

Cheese Platter
Serving size is 1 ounce = 120 calories
Looks like: 4 dice

This will fill you up, so you can skip the dip on the veggie platter!

Pretzels
Serving size is 1 ounce = 107 calories
Looks like two handfuls.

Cashews
Serving size is 1 ounce = 160 calories
Looks like a full cupcake wrapper.

All the protein in nuts will keep you full until dinnertime!

Veggie Tray
Guiltless snacks like this are a no-brainer, but don’t be tempted by the high calorie veggie dip!

The Dinner

Turkey
Serving size is 3 ounces =170 calories
Looks like a checkbook.

Skip the skin and go for the white meat to keep this portion only 170 calories.

Cranberry Sauce

Serving size is ½ cup = 190 calories
Looks like a full ice cream scoop.

Stuffing/Mashed Potatoes
Serving size is ½ cup each = 180 calories each
Looks like a full cupcake wrapper.

Be careful when filling up on starches, the table is full of them!

Candied Sweet Potatoes
Serving size is ½ cup = 150 calories
Looks like a full cupcake wrapper.

This is another tempting starch. We suggest just tasting each one, and replace the room on your plate with all of the yummy “butter-free” veggies on the table.

Dessert Time!

Cup of Tea with cream and sugar
Average calories = 50
Go with skim milk and Splenda, and this cozy cup is only a few calories.

Cup of Coffee with cream and sugar
Average calories = 110
Take your coffee with skim milk and Splenda and it will only cost you 20 calories.

Pies, pies and more pies
Apple Pie = 302 calories
Pumpkin Pie = 320 calories

Skip the crust! By only eating the inside of the pie and skipping the calorie filled crust you can cut off 150 calories.