Low Calorie Meal Tips for Thanksgiving

Discover some simply delicious ways to keep calories in check this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving dinner may be the most highly anticipated meal of the year, but it's often the biggest belt-busting feast as well. Here are some simple ways to keep calories and other nutritional concerns in check.

Start with the right ingredients. Choose low-calorie juices, low-fat milk and cheese, lean meats, reduced-sodium soups and broths, and heart-healthy oils.  

Think small. When it comes to calorie-dense ingredients such as cheese, chocolate, nuts and other things, think drizzle or sprinkle rather than dollop or slather. Use a small amount on top, rather than mix a large amount into a dish. A little goes a long way when it comes to flavor.

Keep an eye on serving size. If it helps you avoid super-sizing, trade casserole dishes and cake pans for muffin tins when baking side dishes and desserts.

Cook and choose wisely. Instead of slathering your turkey with butter before roasting, rub it with a little olive oil and tuck fresh herbs under the skin. And when it comes time to carve it, opt to eat skinless white meat turkey instead of dark meat turkey with the skin on.

Try just a taste. If the dessert buffet leaves you wanting a slice of everything, try just a bite or two of what you want instead. You'll satisfy your sweet tooth and your desire for variety without consuming an overly large quantity.

Beware high-calorie beverages. If you indulge in alcoholic beverages, eggnogs or punches, pay special attention to portions, as the calorie tally for a few of these beverages can add up to that of a meal. If you don't want to drink your calories, stick with water.

Medical Center of Arlington hopes that you have a healthy, happy and safe holiday season. To learn more about eating healthy, discuss your diet with your doctor. If you need to find one, simply use our online Find a Physician service or call us at (855) 868-6262 for a physician referral.

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