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How to Properly Portion Your Thanksgiving Meal

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The best part of Thanksgiving for many people is enjoying a delicious meal with family and friends. The dilemma: The temptation to overeat. While we don't expect you to forgo your holiday favorites, there is a way to fight off holiday weight gain. Eating proper portions (especially of unhealthy foods) can help you indulge in a healthier way. Use the portion size guide below (no measuring cup necessary) to enjoy your meal without overdoing it. 

3 ounces (deck of cards)

  • Ham
  • Fish
  • Roast beef
  • Turkey breast

1/4 cup (a little larger than a golf ball)

  • Gravy
  • Cranberry sauce

1/2 cup (tennis ball) 

  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Stuffing
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Mac n' cheese
  • Bread pudding

1 cup (large fist or a baseball)

  • Collard greens
  • Green beans
  • Any salad
  • Green bean casserole

1 slice (or 1/8 of a 9" pie)

  • Pumpkin pie
  • Sweet potato pie
  • Pecan pie

If you keep your portions in check on Thanksgiving, read "6 Leftover Turkey Recipes" to use your leftovers to create healthy meals.

About The Author

Amanda Carlson-Phillips – Amanda Carlson-Phillips is the vice president of nutrition and research at EXOS. As a registered dietitian, she has provided educational seminars and individual counseling to a variety of professional and elite sports organizations.

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Tags: Family, Health, Cooking, Calories, Food