Sayonara, Saint Nick. Hop right along, Mr. Easter Bunny. Aim that arrow away from me, Cupid, because when it comes to my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving takes the cake…er…pumpkin pie. It’s a day devoted entirely to eating. How could it get any better, am I right, my Dallas Food Logistics friends? I’m not alone in this sentiment. Americans chose Thanksgiving as their second favorite holiday, behind only Christmas. I would bet this love for Thanksgiving has a little something to do with the food.
Whether it’s deep fried turkey, real southern dressing, or Grandma’s Jell-O salad (what is that?!), Thanksgiving food are delicious, but also lethal to your diet. The average American will consume over 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Turkey Day. That doesn’t even count the next three days when you’re eating leftovers or attending Thanksgiving numbers two and three at your in-laws and friends’ houses. One pound of fat is 3,600 calories, so you know you’ll be leaving the dinner table at least a pound heavier from all that eating.
The Dallas Refrigerated Food Logistics team knows it’s unrealistic to stick to your strict diet plan during the holidays. After all, eating can be a fun and enjoying experience, and that’s ok! However, there are a few ways you can enjoy the tasty goodness of Thanksgiving without busting the scale. Here are some Turkey Day trade offs brought to you by the Food Logistics in Texas experts.
Light Meat for Dark Meat: If you are one of those people who fights over the drumstick, you might want to put down your fists and let Grandpa Joe have at it. Dark meat contains more fat and calories than light meat. However, dark meat does have more vitamins and nutrients. Have a small helping of the thigh or leg, but then stick to the white meat breast for the rest of the meal.
Water for Alcohol: There are about 125 calories in a glass of red wine and about 150 in a beer. While our Thanksgiving dinner itself might only contain around 2,000 calories all the drinks and appetizers amount for nearly 2,500. Of course, the Food Deliveries in Dallas wouldn’t expect you to become a teetotaler just for the holiday season, but we do suggest you limit your intake of alcohol for a number of reasons- including saving your waistline. Have one or two drinks and save the rest of your calories for mashed potatoes and bread pudding.
Green Bean Casserole for Dressing: Stuffing, or dressing, depending on what part of the country you’re from, is laden with fat and sodium. In fact just a half a cup (think, the palm of your hand) packs nearly 200 calories and 430 mg of sodium. Take a taste, and then fill your plate with green bean casserole. Less calories, less sodium, and more nutrients.
Mashed Potatoes for Sweet Potato Casserole: The sweet potato is a superfood. It contains high levels of Vitamins B, C, and B6. It has tons of potassium and beta-carotene. These guys are a great food to eat…if you can find them underneath all that brown sugar and marshmallow. We’ve managed to take a health conscious food and turn it into a monster on Thanksgiving! Instead, go for the traditional mashed potatoes. You can even add gravy and still save 100 calories a serving.
Pumpkin Pie for Pecan Pie: Our Food Logistics Texas experts wouldn’t dream of suggesting you give up dessert on Thanksgiving, but may we make a suggestion? Drop the pecans and pick up that pumpkin. This is hard, especially here in the south, but pecan pie is nothing but sugar, butter, and fat. Pumpkin pie is relatively low in fat and calories. Plus, you’ll get the benefits of pumpkin, which is high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. If you make this trade, you can even add some whipped cream to it and still come in 150 calories clear from the pecan pie slice.
Our Dallas Food Logistics team hopes you enjoy yourself this Turkey Day. Try out these tradeoffs and keep your taste buds and tummy satisfied without losing too much ground on the diet track.