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How to Keep Your Waistline on Thanksgiving Day

Here at Girl Talk we love the holidays! Nothing is better than gobbling down fab food with the people we love. Some of us even look at Turkey Day as an “get out of jail free pass”. NOT!  However, once the party dusts settles, we find ourselves trying desperately to wiggle our way back into that now too small wardrobe. It’s estimated that the average American will eat about 4,500 calories on Turkey Day.

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That’s the equivalent to eight McDonald’s Big Macs. Moderation and smart selections are the key to this wonderful day of giving thanks. Like Superman, we at Girl Talk are here to save the day—well sort of.  Here are some beneficial facts to help keep that waistline fit for those leathers you just bought.

1) DANGER ZONE: BEVERAGES
TIP: Add club soda to your wine! Such an easy way to cut calories in half and stay hydrated.
Traditional Serving: Wine (125 calories)
Standard Serving: Two 5-ounce glasses of white or red wine
Smart Swap: Wine Spritzer (62 calories)
Standard Serving: Two 5-ounce glasses of 1/2 wine + 1/2 club soda (250 calories)
SAVINGS: 125 CALORIES

2) DANGER ZONE: APPETIZERS
TIP: Calories of pre-meal nibbles add up fast. Socialize away from the app table — save your appetite for the holiday meal.
Traditional Trimming: Cheese, Sausage & Cracker Tray (300 calories)
Standard Serving: 3 crackers, 3 slices of meat + 3 cheese slices
Smart Swap: Antipasto Tray (50 calories)
Standard Serving: 1 large roasted red pepper, 4 quartered artichoke hearts + 3 olives & 2 pickled asparagus spears
SAVINGS: 250 CALORIES

Traditional Trimming: Bread Bowl Spinach Dip (300 calories)
Standard Serving: 2 ounces Hawaiian bread + 3 Tablespoons spinach dip
Smart Swap: Mediterranean Plate (100 calories)
Standard Serving: 1/4 whole grain pita, 1/4 cup cucumber slices, 3 cherry tomatoes & 3 Tablespoons hummus
SAVINGS: 200 CALORIES

3) DANGER ZONE: SIDES
TIP: Consider cooking sides simply & focus on eating only your favorite holiday dishes that are special to the season.
Traditional Trimming: Classic Green Bean Casserole (150 calories)
Standard Serving: 3/4 cup serving: green beans, cream of mushroom soup, milk & fried onions
Smart Swap: Green Beans w/Caramelized Shallots (50 calories)
Standard Serving: 3/4 cup serving: canned green beans, shallot & olive oil
SAVINGS: 100 CALORIES

Traditional Trimming: Warm Dinner Roll + Butter (150 calories)
Standard Serving: 1 roll + 1 pat of butter
Smart Swap: Skip it! You can have this anytime of year.
Standard Serving: —
SAVINGS: 150 CALORIES

4) DANGER ZONE: DESSERTS
TIP: Variety stimulates appetite — pick one type of dessert, eat it slowly and enjoy with a cup of decaf coffee or tea.
Traditional Trimming: Pecan Pie (500 calories)
Standard Serving: 1 slice
Smart Swap: Pumpkin Pie (300 calories)
Standard Serving: 1 slice
SAVINGS: 200 CALORIES

GRAND TOTAL SAVINGS: 1,025 calories

Here at Turn It On we would like to wish you and your’s a Happy Thanksgiving Day. Celebrate, enjoy, love and be thankful.

Turn It On and Look Fab!

Juetta West

 

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