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The feelings of joy and gratitude during Thanksgiving are often followed by guilt and discomfort from overeating during the holiday's festivities but it doesn't have to be that way.
This year, size up your portions and make smart selections at the Thanksgiving dinner table by using our visual serving size comparison guide. This information, created by wellness dietitians at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, makes figuring out portion sizes easy by comparing them to everyday objects.
The center's experts advise that men plan to eat 700 calories at their Thanksgiving meal, and women 500 calories, and ration the rest of the day's calories accordingly.
From stuffing to cornbread, here are 10 of your holiday favorites, along with tips for smartly spreading out your calorie allowance.
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One of the most important tricks for staying below your Thanksgiving meal's calorie allowance while still feeling full is to put plenty of low-calorie, nutritious vegetables on your plate. Fill up on healthy cooked veggies before digging into anything else on the table it will help keep your appetite at bay, and prevent you from overeating more calorie-rich options down the line.
One half cup of vegetables about the size of a rounded handful counts as a serving. Calorie counts vary depending on the vegetable, with about 30 calories in one serving of steamed broccoli or cooked carrots and approximately 15 calories in one serving size of boiled cauliflower, though additions such as butter or cheese raise the calorie count.Slide 3 of 21
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A serving of turkey is 3 ounces, or about the size of a full deck of playing cards.
One serving of the white meat part of a turkey has about 132 calories, while dark turkey meat packs about 145 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To nudge the calories downward, eat a serving of white meat without the skin this brings the count to only 119 calories.Slide 5 of 21
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A serving of gooey gravy is about 1/4 of a cup, or the size of a golf ball. Each serving has from 30 to 50 calories. Limiting your helping of gravy to a couple of spoonfuls will help keep your calorie count in check. [10 New Ways to Eat Well ]Slide 7 of 21
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