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How Many Calories In That Thanksgiving Meal?

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Thanksgiving is coming up and you may be making room for the feast. Most people probably go into Thanksgiving expecting to eat a lot, but how much is on an average turkey day plate? Thanksgiving is coming up and you may be making room for the feast. Most people probably go into Thanksgiving expecting to eat a lot, but how much is on an average turkey day plate?
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Thanksgiving is coming up and you may be making room for the feast. Most people probably go into Thanksgiving expecting to eat a lot, but how much is on an average turkey day plate?

An average plate for thanksgiving is a hard thing to measure, because everyone fills a plate differently so News13 checked with Registered Dietitian Larissa Gedney and the USDA on some regular servings.

Everyone's idea of a Thanksgiving meal is different but most include:

  • Turkey (4oz)- White meat 150cal/Dark meat 180cal
  • Ham (1/2 cup)- 100cal
  • Mashed Potatoes (1/2 cup)- 110cal
  • Green Bean Casserole (1/2 cup)- 300cal
  • Sweet Potato Casserole (1/2 cup)- 150cal
  • Stuffing/Dressing (1/2 cup)- 300cal
  • Collard Greens (1/2 cup)- 6cal
  • Cranberry Sauce (1 slice)- 86cal
  • Pumpkin Pie (1 slice)- 323cal
  • Pecan Pie (1 slice)- 503cal

The drinks aren't calorie free either according to the USDA a can of beer is around 150 calories, a glass of wine is 125 calories and a cup of egg nog comes in at 223 calories.

"Be careful with some beverages like egg nog which can be very high in fat and calories," Gedney said. "Instead choose low calorie drinks or calorie free drinks."

When added up one plate with a beer and a slice of pie comes out to around 1885 calories. That's equivalent to about two McDonalds Big Macs, a large fry and large coke.

Gedney says the way you prepare plates also plays a big role.

"The vegetables and the side dishes prepared with less additives are healthier than adding marshmallows to your sweet potatoes or cream to your vegetables," Gedney explained.

But ultimately it comes down to serving size, if one plate turns to two or three, the calories quickly add up.

Experts also suggest spreading out your food on the kitchen counters instead of on the table. People are less likely to overeat if they have to get up for seconds.

If you find yourself with leftovers be sure to get them in the refrigerator quickly.

"Most food you should refrigerate within two hours after having it cooked and then also use it again within two to three days," Gedney said.

The dietitian also suggested freezing some turkey or ham for use later, so you don't get sick of it.

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