With the holiday season in full swing, and less than one week before Thanksgiving Day arrives, the worry of gaining weight during the holidays is already in full effect. While Thanksgiving is known as a day to indulge, for those looking to not expand their waistbands to epic proportions this turkey day, here are six tips and high-calorie foods to skip Thursday:
AVOID THE DARK MEAT
According to EatingWell.com, choosing white meat turkey over the darker slices can save you from consuming 50 extra calories and 4 grams of fat. Every 3-ounce portion of white turkey pieces rounds out at 115 calories and 7 grams of fat versus dark meat's 160 calories and 3 extra grams of fat. Another big healthy food no-go—deep-fried turkey.
SKIP THE DIP
Snacking is just part of Thanksgiving Day whether you're waiting to enjoy a big turkey dinner or watching the annual football game, but according BonAppetit.com, snacking on chip dip can cost you major calories. According to the report, dips such as Warm Crab or Spinach and Artichoke contains fatty ingredients such as mayonnaise, cream cheese and sour cream, all items not adherent with a healthy diet or weight loss.
DON’T STUFF ON STUFFING
Stuffing goes hand in hand with Turkey on Thanksgiving, but it doesn’t bode well for your waistline. According to CorePerformance.com, stuffing will not only fill you up for empty calories, but it also won’t keep you full due to its lack of nutritional value. The popular side dish, made with varying ingredients such as giblets (edible turkey parts) and butter, contains an average of 160 calories per one-half-cup serving.
DITCH SWEET POTATOES
Despite looking like a healthy option, EatingWell.com reported that sweet potatoe casserole is actually bad for you, especially when compared to its counterpart side dish: green bean casserole. According to the site’s report, despite containing crispy fried onions and mushroom soup, green bean casserole only contained 161 calories per serving versus sweet potato casserole, which contains 285 per serving.
SAY GOODBYE TO APPLE PIE
Unfortunately for fans of the good-old American dessert, apple pie is one of the worst desserts to consume on turkey day. According to EatingWell.com, apple pie’s double crust is what contributes to its 411 calories and 19 grams of fat per slice. Eating a similar slice of pumpkin pie, a fellow fall favorite, will only cost you 316 calories and 14 grams of fat per serving.
JUST BECAUSE IT HAS THE WORD ‘BERRY’
… doesn’t mean it good for you. The longstanding Thanksgiving Day turkey topping canned cranberry sauce is also a source of loads of calories. According to FitDay.com, the topping’s calorie count is significant higher than its fellow fruits, at 400 calories per one 300 grams.