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Five Ways To Eat Fewer Calories This Thanksgiving

The oldest Taylor siblings

If you’re like me and my siblings, you completely forget about your diet and pig out on Thanksgiving. It’s the one day of the year that we allow ourselves to go back for seconds and thirds and don’t tease each other about stuffing our faces.

However, if you’re not crazy about eating your own weight in turkey, here are five ways to eat fewer calories tomorrow:

1. Eat White Meat. Dark meat has twice as much fat and if you want to get extra technical, the correct serving size is three ounces, which is about the size of a deck of cards.

2. Eat Pumpkin Pie Instead of Pecan. Did you know that a slice of pecan pie has around 500 calories? Pumpkin pie without whipped cream has 350 calories. There you go.

3. Stay Away From the Candied Yams. I know, they’re like one of the most delicious parts of Thanksgiving dinner, but a half-cup has 250 calories, and it’s basically all sugar. Candied yams are actually worse for you than regular mashed potatoes, which have around 150 calories per serving as long as you don’t add gravy.

4. Don’t Eat Too Much Stuffing. Stove Top is my dirty little downfall, so this one is hard for me. Stuffing is loaded with salt, and it’s even worse for you if you cook it IN the turkey because it soaks up extra fat.

5. If You’re Planning to Drink Alcohol, Drink Wine. Mixed drinks usually have a lot of concentrated sugar and that adds to empty calories. However, a five-ounce glass of red or white wine has around 100 calories with no cholesterol, sodium, or fat.

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