Thanksgiving. That time of the year where most of us go on diets just so that we can stuff our faces with endless amounts of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and fresh out of the oven pies that come our direction.
So, exactly how many calories does the average person consume during this meal? Well, according to Calorie Control Council, the average American will consume about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day alone! While you may be thinking, “There’s no way that’s correct,” let’s break it down.
We’ll start creating our plate by grabbing a couple slices of turkey. By a couple of slices, I mean the delicious dark meat pieces (which have more calories) or maybe a few pieces of white meat, with the skin of course! Four ounces of dark meat has 206, calories while two ounces of white meat has 93 calories. Next, we’ll take a scoop of sausage stuffing, which will contain approximately 310 calories (given how big of a spoon full you take). As we approach the breadbasket, I can only speak for myself, but game over! Most people will start with a single warm buttery roll, which has about 310 calories in it. I don’t even want to calculate how many my calories I consume in bread alone! Now the decision to make between mashed potatoes or marshmallow sweet- potato casserole. How about a little bit of each!? On average, a serving of marshmallow sweet-potato casserole has 300 calories in it, and mashed potatoes with gravy have about 140 calories inside.
Do you still have some room? Yes and Yes, I mean we have only waited 365 days for this meal! Let’s reach for a little less than a cup of green bean casserole, which is approximately 110 calories. Don’t forget your cranberry sauce containing about 15 calories.
Now that we’ve washed that down with a couple glasses of wine, (I will omit those calories). we’re ready to serve ourselves dessert. That delicious slice of pumpkin pie has close to 320 calories in it, while the pecan pie has just over 500 calories. Top these pies off with a scoop of ice cream or homemade whipped cream will add about 100 calories to the end of you meal.
Our grand total for this imaginary meal is just over 2,400 calories. Where do these studies come to 4,500 calories? Assuming that this is not the only meal you eat for the day, take into consideration your bagel with cream cheese (550 calories) that you ate for breakfast, the snacks you munched on for lunch and the unknown calories that have to be included for the wine. We also tend to serve more than we visually measure in our heads, which makes the calories listed above an approximate guess of what we actually eat.
While it may seem nearly impossible to eat 4,500 calories in one day, the average American will find a way to stretch their stomachs enough to fit this delicious meal inside of them! Most of us will use the rational that we only get to do it once a year!
But, now that you’re more aware of the hidden calories in our Thanksgiving meal, how about starting off this year by enjoying a family hike, game of football or even a stroll around the park with the pooches?
Don’t forget to dress in style by slipping on your favorite pair of STRUT-THIS! And the best part about Strut-This on Thanksgiving day…they’ll still fit you when this whole meal is over, and you won’t even have to even unbutton your pants!!