2016-11-09 / Front Page

City Offers Tips For Great Gobblers

By Liz Goff
For most people, Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season. It’s a day we spend fighting over football rivalries, catching up on family news, eating too much and making plans for shopping and celebrating Christmas and the new year.

The turkey takes center stage at most Thanksgiving dinners, and most are prepared using recipes passed down by generations of family members. Who can resist a traditional juicy turkey, bursting with grandma’s special stuffing, surrounded by bogs of cranberries, veggies and the rest?
Retail experts estimate that more than 12 million turkeys will sold in New York City alone, this year, in the weeks and days before the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s a lot of birds! The average family with three children, two adults and up to five guests typically carves up a turkey weighing between 20 and 23 pounds, experts said.
Even after sharing the bird with Fido, that leaves a lot of turkey to be turned into leftovers!
Did you know that the typical meal gobbled up on Thanksgiving could tally more than 3,000 calories?
Officials at the city Department of Health (DOH) have released their 2016 list of traditional Thanksgiving dinner items and their calorie intake for your use in computing the calorie-value of your holiday meal. The meal you serve may carry more or fewer calories, based on ingredients you use to please your own turkey gobblers, DOH said.

Food Item            Calories        Food Item        Calories

Turkey                40 per ounce        Chocolate        150 per ounce                                

Potato  Chips        150 per ounce

Stuffing            400 per cup        Liquors        125 per ounce

Gravy                800 per cup        Fudge            145 per ounce

Mashed Potato            300 per cup        Fruit Salad        100 per cup

Baked Potato              20 per ounce        White Wine        20 per ounce

Mixed Vegetables        80 per cup        Egg Nog        300 per cup

Candied Sweet Potatoes    45 per ounce        Crotons        10 per ounce

Cranberry Sauce        30 per tbsp.        Onion Dip        30 per tbsp.

Green Bean Casserole        250 per cup        Mixed Nuts        800 per cup

Dry Tossed Salad        40 per cup        Sour Cream        30 per tbsp.

Salad Dressing        70 per tbsp.        Cake             110 per ounce

Soup                150 per cup        Cookies        140 per ounce

Rolls, Bread            80 per ounce        Popcorn

Pecan Pie            130 per ounce        (Air Popped)        25 per cup

Whipped Cream        40 per tbsp.        Popcorn

Ice Cream                        (Bagged, Salted)    75 per cup

(Not Gourmet)            300 per cup                            

The 2016 list does not include appetizers you may prepare for your own feast, DOH officials said.
“Let’s face it. Thanksgiving is a food holiday. It’s the one day each year when it’s OK to overeat without feeling guilty,” health officials said. “To indulge or not to indulge should be a personal choice. Hopefully, the 2016 list will help people choose foods that will fill them up without weighing them down.”


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