Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Healthy and Unhealthy

Sunday night we went to one of my best friend's house and hung out with her family for the day.
Marissa loved playing video games with Tony and I chatted with Morgan.
Love you all!!!
I was reading an article last night about the Healthy and Unhealthy Thanksgiving Dishes. Everyone stuffs themselves on Thanksgiving because well, there is a ton of food in every single direction you look. But let me tell you a little secret...it doesn't mean you have to eat it. If you want to sample everything just take a spoon full, don't fill up a quarter of your plate with that one item. And you don't have to go back for thirds seconds. I have never been a huge Thanksgiving person. I don't really like all the foods that are at the table. So for me the hardest part growing up was all the snacks beforehand while watching football. Oh lordy, I would eat enough bean dip for me and the entire family. Thanks momma! ;) 

White Meat or Dark Meat:
Per 3 ounces- 115 calories and 7 grams of fat versus 160 calories and 11 grams of fat, respectively. White meat saves you about 50 calories and 4 grams of fat.

Green Bean Casserole or Sweet Potato Casserole:
Even with its creamy mushroom soup and crispy fried onions, traditional green bean casserole (161 calories, 9 g fat per ¾ cup) is a lighter pick than sweet potato casserole (285 calories, 5 g fat per ¾ cup). Part of the reason is that green beans are so low-cal to start. That said, the starchier sweet potato is full of good-for-you nutrients, including beta carotene, a potent antioxidant and precursor to vitamin A.

Pumpkin Pie or Apple Pie:
At 316 calories and 14 g of fat per slice (1/8 of a 9 inch pie), pumpkin pie is a slimmer choice than apple, which will cost you 411 calories and 19 g of fat for that same-size slice. One explanation for the higher calorie count: the double crust.

Traditional Sausage Stuffing or Dinner Roll with Butter
Go for the dinner roll with a pat of butter, which will set you back 140 calories and 4.5 g fat, versus the 371 calories and 19 g of fat you’ll gobble down in ¾ cup of the stuffing.

Jellied Cranberries or Gravy:
Surprise! Gravy is actually the skinnier selection in this case. Per ¼ cup, gravy delivers about 30 calories and 1.5 g fat, versus the cranberries, with 110 calories (and 0 g fat) per ¼ cup.
Now I have two days left until Thanksgiving and all I have in my fridge is the frozen turkey that I'm hoping will thaw out by Thursday morning. We gotta get outs butts to the grocery store. Thinking I might send hubs today and let him deal with the crazies out there ;)


Ashley said...

I'm all about just one serving lol! I don't eat THAT much anyhow so it isn't usually a struggle for me. I read somewhwere that the average person consumes about 4500 calories on Thanksgiving! OH MY WORD!!!!
Thanks for the tips =)

Smiling is Good for Your Teeth said...

WOW, thanks for posting this! Now I feel like I am going to make all of us fat! haha!

The portions is a good thing to keep in mind too!

Ashley said...

Good to know and cute post! Enjoyed looking through your blog entries:)

Nicole Marie said...

i could literally eat the entire thing of mashed potatoes that my grandma makes. that's what really kills me at thanksgiving. but it's ok. we always take a lonnnnggg walk after dinner