Thanksgiving Day calorie scorecard

Back by popular demand, here’s your Thanksgiving Day scorecard.
Enjoy your big holiday meal, but try to do it in moderation after viewing these numbers.
The average person will consume around 2,000-3,000 calories at a Thanksgiving dinner. Additional snacks and drinks during the day can boost the total to 5,000 or more calories.
Back by popular demand, here’s A.D.’s Thanksgiving dinner scorecard:
Turkey, white meat, 6 oz. – 330 calories
Stuffing, 1/2 cup – 180
Mashed Potatoes, 1/2 cup – 150
Candied Sweet Potatoes, 1/2 cup – 150
Green Bean Casserole, 1/2 cup – 120
Gravy, 1/4 cup, 75
Dinner roll with butter, 2 – 110
Cranberry Sauce, 1/2 cup – 190
Jello mold, 1/2 cup – 120
Wine, 2 glasses – 240
Pumpkin Pie, 1 slice, 180
Whipped cream – 75
Ice Cream, vanilla, 1/2 cup – 145
Coffee, with cream and sugar, 2 cups – 50
For a grand total of 2,115 calories for the meal
* Source: Health-e Illinois
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and there’s nothing wrong with overindulging some, but there are ways to avoid popping the button of your jeans.
Eat slowly, drink lots of water and eat a good meal earlier in the day to avoid eating too much at dinner. And try to mix if a good walk after dinner.
Have fun and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at