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Thanksgiving Foods
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Why is it that anyone would try to ruin our Thanksgiving by mentioning how many calories our favorite foods contain?  How about on day when we just give thanks by enjoying the blessing of over eating!?  Just in case you do want to limit your holiday caloric intake here is what the “Nutritianal Smarties” are saying you should avoid:

Keri Glassman, M.S., R.D., a contributor to Women’s Health Magazine, lists the 7 worst caloric offenders you’re likely to encounter this Thanksgiving. Here’s a look:

  • Pigs in a blanket - they may be 66 calories each, but they add up and are loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat and cancer-causing nitrates
  • Chips and dip - we tend to eat them without really paying attention and pack on too many calories and fat
  • eggnog - one glass of eggnog contains as many calories as 3 glasses of wine: 343. What’s more, there are nearly 12 grams of fat and 22 grams of sugar
  • bread stuffing – it is filled with 178 calories per cup. But when you toss in the sausage — as many traditional stuffing recipes do — you make matters worse by adding an additional hundred calories and a ton of fat
  • sweet potatoes – this food packs in vitamins, minerals and fiber, but you can negate them by adding butter and sugar
  • dark meat turkey with skin – this features nearly 200 calories and a lot of saturated fat. Not only is the skin a major source of fat, but dark meat in general has the highest fat content in the entire bird.
  • pie - One slice of pecan pie contains 780 calories; apple pie, about 415. Pumpkin pie, with whipped cream, will set you back about 350 calories

Well isn’t this ironic!  That list reads just like my Thanksgiving day meal plan!?  Go figure?  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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