Hungry Girl: Thanksgiving Survival
Smart tips to help you beat the holiday bloat
by Lisa "Hungry Girl" Lillien (see more from this expert)
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Hungry Girl is here to help you survive Thanksgiving, the "foodiest" day of the year!
There's a reason Thanksgiving is called "Turkey Day." Ninety-two percent of Americans gobble up turkey on the holiday each year. Make your four-ounce helping of turkey white meat and skinless, and you'll be taking in just 150 calories. Eat the same amount of dark meat with skin and you'll be swallowing approximately 100 more calories (and more fat and cholesterol). Make the switch and save your calories for dessert.
Silence of the Yams
Sure, sweet potatoes are vegetables. But even veggies can wreck a diet when they're smothered in butter, cream and sugar, then suffocated by marshmallows! A typical serving of the too-sweet side dish contains about 300 calories. Instead, bake up a small sweet potato and enjoy that. It's loaded with vitamins A and C, as well as calcium and iron. It's also low in sodium and a good source of fiber.
Bean There, Done That
That green bean casserole may be more dangerous than you think. It's usually packed with calories and fat, from all that creamy soup and those insane fried onions. Swap out your creamed soups with low-fat or fat-free versions, and instead of those fatty, fried, canned onion rings, use crushed Crispy Delites Red Onion Veggie Chips (HealthyDelite.com). Your casserole will be much lower in fat and calories, and it'll taste just as good.
The Spice Is Right
Here's a recipe for too-easy holiday spice muffins. Mix a box of spice cake mix with one regular-sized can of pumpkin (plain old pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling). Don't add anything else that may be mentioned on the box, such as eggs, oil or water. The mixture will be very thick, and you will be tempted to add in other things to make the batter smoother. Do not add anything else at all! Place batter into muffin tins (or mini muffin tins) lined with paper or sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes 12 regular or 36 mini muffins. Each muffin (or three minis) will have under 200 calories!
Hungry Girl Find! Jennie-O Oven Ready Turkey
Cooking that Thanksgiving bird can be quite a feat. You have to defrost the sucker, then (ewww!) clean it. Good news! Jennie-O has decided to give you one more thing to be thankful for ‑- new Oven Ready Turkey! This fresh-frozen turkey goes directly from your freezer to your oven with no thawing required. It's preseasoned and cleaned. Four ounces of the Butter, Garlic and Herb flavor has just 150 calories, seven grams of fat and no carbs. The Homestyle flavor has just 10 calories and two grams of fat more per serving. Use the time this easy-to-make turkey saves you to take a pre-dinner walk to get your metabolism going.
Tips and Tricks
* Slip some pumpkin pie spice into some fat-free hot cocoa or apple cider for a yummy holiday treat. Sip on this festive, creamy delight while everyone else is having that second piece of pie!
* Use your leftover turkey to make turkey vegetable soup instead of turkey sandwiches. You'll save calories and carbs, and squeeze in extra servings of healthy veggies.
* Watching carbs? Have cauliflower instead of potatoes. Just mash 'em with some light butter, soy milk and garlic for a guilt-free side that'll please any potato lover.
Chew on This
The average Thanksgiving meal contains about 3,000 calories. A 160-pound person would have to walk 30 miles to burn that off. Eeeeeks!
Girls Bite Out Thanksgiving Find!
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Light (Grande)
If you love Frappuccinos and pumpkin flavor, you're in luck. Starbucks has added, for a limited time only, a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Light blended coffee to their menu. I know I have sort of a love/hate relationship with the coffee chain, but today I love Starbucks. They really hit a home run with this fantastic frozen frap. The pumpkin flavor is perfect ‑- not overpowering at all and with just the right amount of spice. Yum! The best part? A grande has under 200 calories and just one gram of fat. Treat yourself to one of these before it's too late ‑- they'll be gone before you know it!
Nutritional Info Serving Size: Grande Calories: 190 Fat: 1 gram Carbs: 38 grams Fiber: 3 grams Protein: 7 grams
Edited by: SIMPLYCRICKET at: 11/8/2007 (19:49)
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