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3,000 calorie meal

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Did you know that an average Thanksgiving dinner consists of 3,000 calories! That is more calories than you need in one day. I found a very interesting article that shows some simple alterations to the dinner that can really make a difference.

In this article, they mention alternatives to the green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and much more.


The question I am interested in though is…

Is it worth cutting out calories for a special meal that only happens once a year??  What do you think….

I personally do not think it is worth changing the recipe if the food tastes different from the changes. Healthy food is not bad in anyway, but changing the whole basis of Thanksgiving in order to save a few calories is just not worth it.

Torie Nicholas

  1. If you have people who are watching the weight, sodium intake, fat intake, calories…then yes, I say why not alter some of the recipes or offer two different kinds of cranberry sauce or mashed potatoes.

    I would just be happy with a pan of stuffing and cranberry sauce and omit the rest. Those are my fav foods for Thanksgiving.

  2. Yes, you can alter some recipes to the point that you can’t recognize them and they are not worth eating. Some of these “hearth healthy” butters and sweeteners don’t cook the same as the real thing. The thrill of the hunt (and skill) comes in finding the right substitutes that create tasty substitutes.

    I have a prune brownie recipe that is to die for — better than the real thing. Here’s the recipe that I posted back in 2007 http://www.circleoffood.com/blog/2007/05/27/to-die-for-brownies-with-prunes/

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