Ways to save calories on Thanksgiving

According to research from the Calorie Control Council, the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat during a typical holiday gathering from snacking and eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turke

- According to research from the Calorie Control Council, the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat during a typical holiday gathering from snacking and eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the trimmings.

My Fitness Pal has some food swaps so you can save calories. For example, you can swap three ounces of dark turkey meat with the skin for three ounces of turkey breast without the skin. You save about 50 calories and two grams of fat.

You can save 14 grams of sugar and 38 calories by swapping a fourth of a cup of canned cranberry sauce for fresh cranberry relish.

Here's a big calorie saver: one cup of classic sweet potato casserole with marshmallows versus one small baked sweet potato. The difference is 420 calories, 66 grams of sugar and seven grams of fat. The healthier option allows for one teaspoon of brown sugar and a teaspoon of chopped pecans.

One cup of traditional green bean casserole topped with fried onions has 144 more calories and nine grams of fat versus one cup of sautéed green beans topped with one tablespoon of fried onions.

When it comes to the stuffing, you can swap whole milk and butter with fat-free buttermilk and half the butter for the cornbread stuffing. That way you'd save 88 calories and 11 grams of fat.

Lastly, you can swap one slice of pecan pie for a slice of pumpkin pie. The difference is 541 calories and 16 grams of fat.


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