If you're of the mindset that you can't have even ONE DAY to let yourself indulge in whatever you want, we have the perfect list for you.
Pigs In A Blanket
Pigs in a blanket are small and cute but at 66 calories each, these little piggies can really add up. They're also loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat and cancer-causing nitrates. A better appetizer is half a cup of steamed or boiled shrimp, a plenty satisfying nosh that contains a mere 100 calories with virtually no fat. Just go easy on the cocktail sauce, which can ratchet up the calorie count if you get carried away.
It's a good think that cocktail sauce is super gross! LOLz!
Chips & Dip
Chips and dip are a dangerous liaison because you eat them mindlessly. Before you know it, you've snacked away on hundreds of calories and too many grams of unhealthy hydrogenated fats. If you must hear a crunch from your appetizer, park yourself near the crudité plate and munch on carrots and red peppers instead.
If only vegetables were savory like chips… sigh… Ha!
One slim glass of eggnog contains as many calories as 3 glasses of wine: 343. What's more, there are nearly 12 grams of fat and 22 grams of sugar. Enjoy a single glass of wine instead. Besides saving you from a caloric and nutritional nightmare, you'll also reap the antioxidant benefits from the vino's phytochemicals.
Again, it's a good think that eggnog is super gross — won't be hard to avoid this one!
A simple bread stuffing is already loaded with 178 calories per cup. But when you toss in the sausage — as many traditional stuffing recipes do — you make matters worse by adding an additional hundred calories and a ton of fat. So hold the extras and save your calories for something your taste buds are more likely to notice.
We're not sure we've ever had sausage in our stuffing before, seems like overkill as it's already cooked inside one kind of meat.
When you take sweet potatoes, a food rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, drench them in butter and sugar and bake them into oblivion, you kill their nutritional value and turn them into a dieter's nightmare. You're better off sticking with mashed potatoes, which, at 118 calories per serving, have half the calories and less fat. Or, zap a sweet potato in the microwave then dab on a smidge of butter, sprinkle on a pinch of cinnamon and top with a marshmallow.
This is some solid advice — we like that they don't want to take the sweet potato from you completely!
Three ounces of dark meat turkey with skin deliver nearly 200 calories and a double whammy of saturated fat. Not only is the skin a major source of fat, but dark meat in general has the highest fat content in the entire bird. If you can't forego the dark, at least peel the skin off. Better yet, stick with light meat, which is significantly lower in fat and has just 114 calories for the same-sized serving.
Light meat is better anyway, because it isn't as gross. Ha!
Here's one time where tradition wins out. Pumpkin pie is a better choice than either pecan or apple. One slice of pecan pie contains a whopping 780 calories; apple pie, about 415. Pumpkin pie will only set you back about 350 calories, and that's if you splurge on a dollop of whipped cream to top it off.
While that's good to know… one night of pie isn't going to destroy you. Just don't go bonkers with 7 slices and then continue the trend for the next week.
Everything in moderation — plus you gotta know when to treat yo'self. Why not on Thanksgiving??
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