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Calories in Thanksgiving Food


By Mary_RD on Nov 24, 2009 12:00 PM in Tips & Updates
Edited By +Rachel Berman

Thanksgiving and dieting do not usually go together.  Damage control is the order of the day.  But at Calorie Count, knowledge is power, and so let’s Stop and Look at typical Thanksgiving foods.

Pick and choose from your favorite foods based on the Calorie Count.  Search Calorie Count’s Recipe Browser for recipes entered by our members, and use the Recipe Analyzer to analyze your own recipe and to create a lighter versions.  Also, look for ideas at Eating Well and Cooking Light magazine websites and from About.com’s Guides to Low Calorie and Low Fat Cooking

And so, without further ado, here are the calories a la carte.

Beverages

Apple cider, 1 cup: 115
Champagne Punch, 6 ounces: 124
Wine, 3.5 ounces: 84
Kahlua Sombrero, 4 ounces: 340

Appetizers and First Courses

Mixed nuts, 1 ounce: 170
Candied Pecans, 1 ounce: 139
Cheese ball, 1 ounce: 110
Crackers, 5: 80
Crudités selection, 8 ounces: 75
Sour Cream & Onion Dip, 2 tablespoons: 60
Chex Mix, 2/3 cup: 130
Stuffed Mushrooms, 6 small: 386
Deviled Eggs, one: 59
Cheese Puffs, one: 71
Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce, 3: 30
Fruit Cup, 1/2 cup: 70
Sherbet, 1/4 cup: 55
Pumpkin Soup, 8 ounces: 70

Salads


Tossed salad with Oil and Vinegar, 10 ounces
Ambrosia Salad, 1 cup: 183
Molded Jell-O Salad, ½ cup: 103

Main Course

Dinner Roll, 1 small: 87
Butter, 1 pat: 36
Cheesy Corn Bread, 2" X 2": 96
Turkey, roasted white meat, 4 ounces: 180
Turkey, roasted dark meat, 4 ounces: 323
Turkey Gravy, 1/4 cup: 50
Stuffing, 1/2 cup: 190
Mashed Potatoes, 1 cup: 190
Candied Yams, 1/2 cup:  210
Sweet Potato Casserole, 3/4 cup: 624
Honey Glazed Carrots, 1/2 cup: 45
Green Beans Almondine, 1/2 cup: 220
Green Bean Casserole, 1/2 cup: 75
Peas and Pearl Onions, 1/2 cup: 40
Jellied Cranberry Sauce, 1/4 cup: 110
Cranberry Relish, 1/2 cup: 76

Dessert

Pumpkin Pie, 1/8 of a 9" pie : 316
Apple Pie, 1/8 of a 9" pie : 411
Pecan Pie, 1/8 of a 9" pie : 503
Vanilla Ice Cream, 1/2 cup: 145
Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling, 1" round: 306
Chocolate Cream Pie, 1 large slice: 535
Baked Apple, 1 apple: 182
Tea, brewed, 8 ounces: 2
Coffee, black: 10 ounces: 5
Coffee with Cream and Sugar, 10 ounces: 120
Coffee with Baileys Irish Cream and Sugar, 10 ounces: 186

The numbers are derived from Calorie Count’s database of 106,000 foods and ingredients, and from the 278,000 recipes entered by our members over time. If your particular food is not in the database but you have a food label, you can enter it using the "add it here" link at the Food Log section of your Account Page.

See more calories in Thanksgiving food from the Guide to Walking at About.com:

 

Your thoughts....

Do you have Thanksgiving Day foods or recipes to add?



Comments


This all sounds delicious but I will not be sabotaging my diet I worked too hard since February to lose almost 50lbs so I am going to be very good Still use my medium plate and eat in moderation cause you can always go back for more remember 6 smaller meals not 3 huge one's eat hearty try the brown breads and less stuffing eat 100 calorie rolls 1 at a time and have a smaller piece of dessert you will be thanking your waistline later



Thanks for the info, Mary.  There are some tasty and nutritious foods on your list that should keep me satisfied, enjoying the festivites & still eat healthy.

After losing 43 lbs. this year, with almost 100 more to go before I reach my goal, it will be good for me to celebrate and give thanks with friends & family. Don't think I'll bring out my food scale or anything that dramatic, as this should be a chance for me to do measurements by memory. White meat turkey, potato, green beans, salad and bread are all on my everyday menu anyway, so having a glass of Asti, a small serving of stuffing with gravy and a piece of pumpkin pie should not cause any major setback for only one day.

A tip I might pass on is one I have come up with this year to help several ways - I got food storage containers to give away, so I'll be able to send much of the extra food home with our guests. Hope they enjoy and I know I prefer to share than to waste the leftovers.

Thanksgiving from one of your fans  



I love, love, love pumpkin pie....but it's so bad....so I have a recipe that might help you all (and it's VERY easy) and I love it!

Crustless Pumpkin Pie
 
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 c cold water
2 c canned pure pumpkin (no spices added) - I just used a 15 oz can
1/2 c or so Splenda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp ginger
 
In a medium bowl, sprinkle gelatin over water.  When softened, stir and mix in all other ingredients.  Pour into 9" pan.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Chill to set (it will set up firm like pie when it's completely cooled).  Makes 4 large servings!
 
1 Serving = 1 WW Point; 125 calories, 5.5 g fat, 11 carbs



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I agree with John.  My plan is to enjoy the holidays by eating the foods that I would only get on that Holiday.  I am not going to waste my calories on bread/roll or mashed potatoes.  I can get those 365 days a year.  I will use my calories for things like stuffing out of the bird, Pumpkin pie (but I will not eat the crust) and a glass of wine.  I also plan to exercise longer that morning, remember calories in verses calories out.  So instead of my 30 minute run, I will go for an hour run, prior to my thanksgiving meal. 

Happy Holidays and remember, it's one day.  If you blow it, forgive yourself and move on.  That is the most important part to changing your eating habits.  It's a marathon, not a sprint.  If you stumble and fall, get up and keep going.



I don't feel like one day of eating a little worse will sabatoge all of my efforts. I plan on eating a little turkey, a little ham, some of my home made bread and baked mac n cheese, and a couple desserts. I will stop when full and not let a 'diet' interfere with family time. I am being really good this week though. More water and vegetables than usual.



Start out your day with a calorie deficit by running or walking in a local Turkey Trot.  To find one in your area google "turkey trot".  Been doing this since 1988.  Start a tradition.  Good luck!



That's really helpful to SEE the calories in some of these favorites - it will definately help me to make some good choices - I may still go for some sweet potato casserole, but definately will have much less than a serving - just a taste will do!



Mary,

I will be serving my homemade seafood dressing.  The dressing consists of the following ingredients:

Lump crabmeat, shrimp, french bread, green onions, bell peppers, yellow onions, garlic, fresh parsley, white pepper, and low sodium-fat free chicken broth.

Can you assist me with an estimated caloric break down per half cup serving?



How helpful! White meat turkey for me! I discovered through caloriecount.com that I eat too many carbs! No mashed potatoes or bread for me this year. Turkey and green beans, all the way! Thanks!



i agree with sschettino,  im going to start my day with a 10k run so i don't feel so guilty if i over indulge in food and drink.  also, going to try a few things to cut some calories in my traditional dishes, like low fat sour cream in the mashed  potatos and sweet potato wedges with olive oil and cimmamon instead of heavy surup or mashmellows.

happy holidays



The cals listed for turkey meat, dark and light are pretty high.  Are they the listings for "skin on" turkey? Remember to take the skin off your turkey, it reduces the cals significantly.



Original Post by: ladyfit1

This all sounds delicious but I will not be sabotaging my diet I worked too hard since February to lose almost 50lbs so I am going to be very good Still use my medium plate and eat in moderation cause you can always go back for more remember 6 smaller meals not 3 huge one's eat hearty try the brown breads and less stuffing eat 100 calorie rolls 1 at a time and have a smaller piece of dessert you will be thanking your waistline later


If an unhealthy person eats healthy for one day, are they healthy? No. If you are healthy and eat unhealthy one day, are you unhealthy? Same answer - no.



I'm starting my day with a 5 mile Turkey Trot. I'm going have a little bit of everything and enjoy it immensely. I'm not going to worry about any of it.



If I can eat conservatively, yay for me.  If not, I won't let it stress me. 

Look, if I am on a 1200 calorie / 1800 maintenance, and I eat 3600 calories, in theory I gain a half pound, which will take 3 days to "reverse".  I lose 4 days of weight loss for a holiday that comes once a year.  I can live with several of those a year and it might take 13 months instead of 12 to lose, but I won't feel like I've lost out on fully enjoying a family occasion.  I know I have to watch my food intake the rest of my life, a very occasional over-eating can be part of that.

If my expectation is to behave perfectly, and I don't, then there is a temptation to use the failure as an excuse to give up.   This way, there is no expectation, just an informed choice. 



This much I will say:

Wow, I had no idea sweet potato casserole was quite so, ummm ... calorically enhanced?  :D

OTOH, since I'm planning on having good ol' baked sweet potatoes, and not the casserole variety, everything else looks good.

Thanks for the data, Mary!



Also, I definitely must second what hgielretaeh and fridgelight (who gets my vote for "best CC username") said :D



Very well put, hgielrehtaeh!

If you eat conservatively, be proud of yourself the next day. If you throw caution to the wind and try everything, enjoy the memory the next day. Either way if you're back on track AFTER the holiday, you win!



Original Post by: janicej2

Mary,

I will be serving my homemade seafood dressing.  The dressing consists of the following ingredients:

Lump crabmeat, shrimp, french bread, green onions, bell peppers, yellow onions, garlic, fresh parsley, white pepper, and low sodium-fat free chicken broth.

Can you assist me with an estimated caloric break down per half cup serving?


Hi Janicej2,

This is a popular question today.  Use the Recipe Analyzer is under the Foods tab to analyze analyze your recipes per serving:

  • Find a recipe to analyze; note the number of servings
  • Go to CC Foods -> New Recipe
  • Enter (1) the number of servings and (2) Cut-and-Paste the recipe ingredients into the Recipe Analyzer and hit “Analyze Recipe".
  • Check for formatting issues and clean up if needed. Remember Quantity, Unit, Ingredient; for example: quantity = 1, unit = cup, ingredient = nonfat milk, or quantity = 2, unit = tablespoons, ingredient = flour.  Hit "?" (Help) for more information.
  • When all flags are "green", hit “Analyze Recipe" again to create your final food label.
  • Click “Save” and add the Recipe Name, Description, Preparation, place it into a category, and add it to “My Recipe” files.
  • Post your recipe on Facebook (optional)
  • Add one serving to your Food Log if you'd like.

The process is easier than it sounds.  Enjoy! 

Mary



Original Post by: kokorozashi

This much I will say:

Wow, I had no idea sweet potato casserole was quite so, ummm ... calorically enhanced?  :D

OTOH, since I'm planning on having good ol' baked sweet potatoes, and not the casserole variety, everything else looks good.

Thanks for the data, Mary!


I agree - I think this is severly overstated - here's what's in mine;

1 large can yams

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

4 tbsp margerine

mix all together, cover with mini marshmellows, sprinkle with oatmeal and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Can't imagine one serving is over 600 calories - I also think that the portion is high - more like 3/4 cup vs. 1/4.



We don't enjoy teh thanks giving holiday in Europe but I would say that I am not 'going off' my diet for Christmas, because my tastes and 'volume' requirements have changed so much from when I started my healthier life style. I'll give an example in the past I used to 'enjoy' 5 or 6 roast pottoes, 2 or 3 individual size yorkshire puddings and 3 or 4 roast parsnips with my roast dinners, plus stuffing and bread sauce! Nowadays I have 1 or 2 roast potatoes, 1 yorkshire pudding and 1 or 2 pieces of roast parsnip. Any more than this is just too much food and makes me feel nauseous. Strange as I used to 'enjoy' leaving the table feeling 'stuffed' now I can't think of a worse way to feel after a meal.

Frankly I want to lose my remaining 50 lbs more than I want to eat an extra roast potato!



Summer -- that's good to hear :D  I feel a little better, now!  Also, the oatmeal on top sounds good.



    Don't forget the cranberry sauce



Original Post by: summer2404

Original Post by: kokorozashi

This much I will say:

Wow, I had no idea sweet potato casserole was quite so, ummm ... calorically enhanced?  :D

OTOH, since I'm planning on having good ol' baked sweet potatoes, and not the casserole variety, everything else looks good.

Thanks for the data, Mary!


I agree - I think this is severly overstated - here's what's in mine;

1 large can yams

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

4 tbsp margerine

mix all together, cover with mini marshmellows, sprinkle with oatmeal and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Can't imagine one serving is over 600 calories - I also think that the portion is high - more like 3/4 cup vs. 1/4.


Hi Summer,

I am going to try your recipe tomorrow; since I will be using this instead of making a sweet potato pie, I am going to add one teaspoon of vanilla extract and cinnamon. 

Thanks!Smile

 



thanks for the good info!  Dark meat is my favorite, but I can be just as happy with white meat especially for the caloric difference! 

Here is my new favorite super healthy desert: Pumpkin Pie in a Cup:-)

In a large bowl whisk:

  • 2 cans of organic, unprocessed, straight-up pumpkin 
  • 2 cups of skim milk
  • 1 1/2 package of fat free/sugar free instant vanilla puding
  • 1 1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (just cinnamon and nutmeg I think)
Then spoon pumpkin mixture into 8 oz serving cups Sprinkle some chopped raw walnuts for added protein  Top with a whopping spoonful of Cool Whip Free And garnish with a dash of ground cinnamon on top (looks pretty too) So good, tastes just like pumpkin pie!!!

 

 



This is a most helpful listing. I really thank you for providing this article - and thanks everybody for the yummy sounding recipes! My problem is always piling up the plate; this year my goal is to limit portion sizes: if I can do that, then I'm on track.



Original Post by: ksg1976

The cals listed for turkey meat, dark and light are pretty high.  Are they the listings for "skin on" turkey? Remember to take the skin off your turkey, it reduces the cals significantly.


The counts are incorrect - I have checked several sites, including the USDA nutrition website, and the difference in calories between light and dark meat is fairly small.  One cup of dark meat (without skin) is around 158 whereas one cup of white meat is about 128.  The dark meat has a higher fat content, but is also higher in Omega 3 fatty acids.



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I have a new Thanksgiving tradition: Steamed Broccoli. The stalks are lovely arranged on a platter and it is great to have an alternative to the high calorie blandness of anything made with cream of onion soup. OMG don't you actually want a real vegetable without a lot of glop in it anyway?



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