Okay. This year I am going to make a Thanksgiving resolution, like I do a New Year’s Resolution most years.
My Thanksgiving resolution is as follows: I will enjoy the Thanksgiving meal and make choices that don’t make me feel “deprived,” but I will not gain weight.
As with a New Year’s resolution, I need to make a plan to reach that goal. Here are the things I’m going to do and keep in mind to help me reach my goal.
* I’m going to keep in mind the following numbers that were given in my Weight Watcher meeting this week that represent the approximate WW points for each of the items in a typical Thanksgiving dinner (each point represents approximately 50 calories):
— 6 oz. white meat turkey, 6 pts.
— 1 C. stuffing, 8 pts.
— 1/2 C. gravy, 4 pts.
— 1/2 C. sweet potato casserole, 6 pts.
— 1/2 C. green bean casserole, 6 pts.
— 1/4 C. cranberry sauce, 2 pts.
— 1 C. mashed potatoes, 4 pts.
— 1/8 of a pumpkin pie, 9 pts.
— these total 45 points (approximately 2,200 calories)!
* So, in order to cut down on the above numbers, I’m going to make the following adjustments to the meal I serve/eat:
— I’ll bake a couple of large sweet potatoes, then mash them and mix with cinnamon, Splenda and a little butter, instead of the sweet potato casserole.
— I’ll serve fresh green beans stir-fried with garlic, onions and bacon bits in olive oil, instead of the green bean casserole.
— I’ll serve a Spinach Salad with Cranberry Dressing (I gave the recipe in my “Thanksgiving Recipes” post), instead of the cranberry sauce.
— I’ll make mashed potatoes and gravy for my family, but I personally, am going to skip them altogether. They’re great, but, think about it, you can have mashed potatoes any time. I’d rather save my calories for the seldom-made treats like stuffing and sweet potatoes and pumpkin dessert.
— I’m going to serve a bowl of fruit, sweetened with a little Spenda. I love fruit but had never thought of adding it to the Thanksgiving meal until our WW leader suggested it.
— and I’m going to make (warning — I haven’t tried either of these before, but I’ve been told they’re good) one or both of the following recipes for the pumpkin “fix” at the end of the meal.
~~~~~~~~~~Crustless Pumpkin Pie~~~~~~~~~~
10″ Pie Plate, sprayed with Pam
Mix together: 2 eggs — 1/4 C. sugar or granulated Splenda — 2 C. milk — 1/4 t. ground cloves — 1/4 t. nutmeg — 1 t. cinnamon — 1/2 t. ginger — 1/2 t. salt — 1/2 C. low fat Bisquick — 15 oz. solid packed pumpkin.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes and/or toothpick comes out clean.
One-eighth of this pie is 2 points if made with sugar and 1 point if made with Splenda
~~~~~~~~~~Pumpkin Praline Dessert~~~~~~~~~~
Mix: 15 oz. solid pack pumpkin — 12 oz. fat free evaporated milk — 1/4 C. eggbeaters — 1/2 C. sugar — 4 t. pumpkin pie spice.
Spread in a greased 9×13 cake pan
Sprinkle a white cake mix (full size not Jiffy) over the top of the pumpkin and gently press down into the mixture. Sprinkle 1/2 C. chopped pecans over top. Melt 1/4 Cup butter and drizzle over the top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.
Cut into 16 servings. Each serving is 5 points
* And, in the end, I’m going to remind myself that one Thanksgiving Dinner is NOT what makes a weight problem. It is day in and day out poor choices that do that.
May we all make choices at our Thanksgiving meal that help us to be happy with ourselves, and that help set a pattern that will help us achieve a healthier life!