Eat smart: A look at calories in Thanksgiving dishes

By From page C1 | November 21, 2012

By Dana Angelo White
Food Network Kitchens

Q: Just how many calories are there in an average Thanksgiving meal?

A: It probably comes as no surprise that a Thanksgiving meal can pack in tons of extra calories. What’s really eye-opening is how much exercise you need to burn those calories. Don’t get us wrong. Thanksgiving dinner is a meal to be savored; just keep some of these numbers in mind before you pile those goodies too high in your plate.

The values below are rough averages based on a 155-pound person. We left turkey off of the list below on purpose. At about 150 calories for a 4-ounce (skinless) serving, it’s hands-down a healthy choice.

* 6 stuffed mushrooms (made with cheese and meat) equals 350 calories and 1 hour of belly dancing to get rid of the calories
* 1 serving spinach-artichoke dip equals 320 calories and 35 minutes of sit-ups


* ΒΌ cup gravy equals 50 calories and 15 minutes of vigorous house-cleaning

* 1 cup stuffing equals 350 calories and 2 hours of yoga

* 1 cup green-bean casserole equals 400 calories and 45 minutes of pushups

* 1 cup sweet potato casserole equals 500 calories and 45 minutes of jogging (10 minute mile pace)


* 1 slice pumpkin pie equals 400 calories and 45 minutes of basketball

* 1 serving apple pie a la mode equals 575 calories and 1 hour 10 minutes of spinning

* 1 slice pecan pie equals 500 calories and 1 hour of high-impact aerobics

We don’t want to scare you away from the dinner table. Use these tips to enjoy your turkey-day meal without getting stuffed.

* Pay attention to portions.

* Keep calories from alcohol to a minimum.

* Share dessert with a relative or friend.

* Get an extra workout in before you start your holiday shopping.

Scripps Howard News Service

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