It will soon be time to gather around the table with family and friends and enjoy arguably the biggest meal we will consume all year.
What a beautiful scene it is. We all have our favorite Thanksgiving dish and a memory or two from past Thanksgivings. Most people see the holiday as a day to splurge and eat everything in sight until they slip into a food coma on the recliner chair. However, for those who want to keep it healthy, you’ve come to the right place. In this article we will discuss how to remain intentional with our health even on a day like Thanksgiving. Specifically, we will name three foods to avoid at the dinner table and the reasons why.
Let’s get the worst news out of the way first. Unfortunately, STUFFING is a dish that should be spared if you are interested in keeping Thanksgiving healthy. Stuffing is made mostly of bread and butter which means lots and lots of carbs. According to MedicalDaily, the average stuffing dish is 175 calories per cup. If sausage is added to the stuffing, the amount of calories per cup jumps to 400. And trust me, we are eating way more than just a cup at Thanksgiving dinner.
The next dish to pass on is GRAVY. First, let’s make clear what gravy actually is. It is literally the fat and juices from the turkey drippings with some added flour or cornstarch. Think about that when the bowl of gravy is staring you in the face on Thanksgiving. Now, are you ready for some nutritional facts? One cup of turkey gravy will add up to over 400 calories, 32 grams of fat, and 580 milligrams of sodium. Yikes, those are alarming numbers that can easily be avoided.
Lastly, let’s put a dessert on the list of foods to avoid. This might break some hearts, but the unhealthiest option at the table is PECAN PIE. Just because pecans are healthy nuts does not mean that pecan pie is a healthy finale to Thanksgiving dinner. What turns pecans into pecan pie is lots of sugar, butter, and refined carbohydrates. Just one slice of pecan pie is equal to 500 calories, and that is without the added ice cream and/or whipped cream that we know we have to throw on it. Saying no to dessert is a true test of will-power.
In conclusion, it is very possible and simple to keep Thanksgiving healthy. The Thanksgiving table is a nutritional battlefield, and temptation will be present for the duration of the meal. That is why we count the cost before we decide to be intentional with our eating on this day. Nothing good comes without a sacrifice, and now you are aware of what to sacrifice at the table. The idea of giving up stuffing, gravy, and pie might make you emotional at first, but at the end of the day, it’s on you to answer the question of “How important is eating healthy to me?”