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Sunday, November 13, 2005

What’s on Your Thanksgiving Plate?

I just worked up the nutritional data on a WLS Thanksgiving plate vs. a traditional plate and what I found is shocking! The WLS plate is roughly 10% of the calories of a traditional Thanksgiving plate. How does your plate measure up? For more WLS Holiday Recipes and ideas visit LivingAfterWLS Holiday Recipes.

A WLS Friendly Thanksgiving plate:

(1.25 cup volume)
  • 3-ounces turkey (light & dark meat)
  • ¼ cup cooked squash or cooked carrots (no fat)
  • ¼ cup cooked green beans (no fat)
  • 1 tablespoon light gravy (homemade, little fat)
  • 1 tablespoon no-sugar cranberry sauce
  • 1 small serving sugar-free dessert (small serving is 2-3 bites)
    Nutritional data: 227 calories; 25.2 grams protein; 8.1 grams fat; 9.6 grams carbs

    The Traditional American Thanksgiving plate:

  • 12-ounces turkey (light & dark meat)
  • 1-cup mashed potatoes
  • 1-cup bread stuffing
  • 1-6 ounce serving green bean casserole
  • ½ cup turkey gravy
  • 2 tablespoons sugar-added cranberry sauce
  • 2 Honey-wheat rolls w/1 pat butter each
  • 1 piece traditional pumpkin pie
    Nutritional data: 2,511 calories; 132.3 grams protein; 101.3 grams fat; 270.9 grams carbs
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