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How Many Calories Does That Thanksgiving Meal Have?


The season of eating continues this week.

We stuffed our faces full of candy at Halloween, and now it’s on to the big Thanksgiving meal. This Thursday we’ll sit around the TV watching the Cowboys’ game and graze all day on turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and of course that green bean casserole with the crunchy onions on top that seems to find its way to most tables.

Have you ever put down the fork long enough to count the calories? Prepare yourself for the shock!

The Calorie Control Council says we’re in line to consume about 4500 calories on Thanksgiving Day. Yikes! For a big burly guy, maybe that’s nothin’, but for us gals who are a little smaller that’s enough to pop the buttons on our jeans.

The Calorie Control Center says the average Thanksgiving meal might contain 3000 calories by the time you add up the turkey, gravy, stuffing, and all the fixins. It’s the munching all day long that brings another 1500 calories and makes us total gluttons. We have to put the exclamation point on the meal with a little pumpkin pie right? Or, as it is in my family, “a sliver of each.” A tiny taste of each of the pumpkin, pecan, blueberry, and sour cream raisin pies can add up to more than the original slice.

I suppose there is good news in all of this. The next day is Black Friday, and the lack of sleep, stress, and fighting the crowds could probably burn off much of the Thanksgiving Day binging.

Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Eating!

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