What's In Your Thanksgiving Dinner?
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What's In Your Thanksgiving Dinner?

Who says Thanksgiving has to be fattening? See if you know key ways to make your feast delicious and healthy.

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What's In Your Thanksgiving Dinner?
What's In Your Thanksgiving Dinner?
Question 1 of 20 Correct

How many calories does the average person consume in a Thanksgiving dinner?

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The correct answer is: According to the Calorie Control Council, the average holiday dinner alone can be 3,000 calories. Add in snacks, appetizers and drinks and you could have up to 4,500 calories in a single meal.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

How much would a 160-pound person have to exercise to burn off those Thanksgiving calories?

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The correct answer is: According to the American Council on Exercise a 160-pound person would have to run at a moderate pace for four hours, swim for five hours or walk 30 miles to burn off all those calories and fat from their Thanksgiving Day meal.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

You're invited to a holiday potluck--and the spread has four entrees. Which one should you pick?

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The correct answer is: Reach for the roasted turkey. A serving of skinless roasted turkey has 190 calories and much less fat, compared to baked ham (345 calories) and beef pot roast (387 calories). A turducken (which is a de-boned chicken stuffed inside a de-boned duck, which in turn is stuffed in a de-boned turkey) can have up to 900 calories.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

A healthy portion of turkey should be about the size of . . .

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The correct answer is: A good rule of thumb is to eat 4 ounces of turkey, which is roughly around the size of a deck of cards.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

How many calories can you save by simply choosing white meat over dark meat?

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The correct answer is: You can save about 26 calories per serving by going with white meat. Whether you choose dark meat or light, stay away from the skin. It's packed with saturated fat.

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You can't have turkey or mashed potatoes without gravy, but it's one of the least healthy things you can eat. How many grams of fat can you cut from your meal by simply spooning out a tablespoon of fat from your gravy?

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The correct answer is: Every tablespoon of fat you remove from gravy subtracts about 120 calories and 13 grams of fat.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What special ingredient can you add to your gravy to make your skin glow?

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The correct answer is: You may be stuffing your face, but at least your skin will look nice if you add mushrooms to your gravy. Mushrooms provide a host of nutrients--selenium, B vitamins and copper--that give skin a radiant, youthful glow.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What holiday side dish can also double as Pepto-Bismol?

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The correct answer is: Cranberry compounds and bad bacteria loathe each other, which is a good thing. Scientists suspect that the berries keep ulcer-causing H. pylori bugs from hanging around the stomach and flush other harmful bacteria out of your digestive system.

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What can you do before you eat to keep you from overindulging?

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The correct answer is: A great thing to do before the Thanksgiving meal is drink a 16-ounce glass of water. It will make your stomach feel fuller from the start.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should skip breakfast before eating Thanksgiving dinner so you can save up your calories.

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The correct answer is: Don't skip breakfast! You might think you're saving your appetite and calories, but you're really not. Skipping breakfast will actually make you more hungry and more likely to overeat.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Your Aunt Mildred passes you a basket filled with several kinds of bread. Which should you grab?

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The correct answer is: If you want fewer calories, the crescent roll is your best choice. It only has 100 calories. Cornbread has 152 calories and a biscuit has 106 calories.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

You just dug out your mom's famous stuffing recipe. To save calories, should you simmer the celery and onions in bouillon or sauté them in butter?

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The correct answer is: Bouillon is your best bet. One cube has only 5 calories, compared to 102 calories in a tablespoon of butter. That's a calorie savings of 97. Now you'll be able to eat an extra crescent roll!

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

You've eaten your first round of dinner, but you're still hungry for seconds. Which dish is your healthiest bet?

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The correct answer is: When in doubt, go green. A typical green bean casserole has about 143 calories a cup. Compare that to one cup of mashed potatoes at 238 calories, a 1-cup serving of sweet potato casserole at 276 calories and a cup of stuffing at 355 calories.

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You think a little alcohol could help you get through the family dinner. Which of these drinks has the least calories?

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The correct answer is: Light beers are the most slimming choice; many are only 100 calories. A 5-ounce glass of wine is a close second with 121 calories, followed by gin and tonic with 171 calories. Long Island iced tea is by far the worst at 800 calories.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What can you make that has the consistency and taste of mashed potatoes but with fewer calories?

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The correct answer is: If you want a low-cal substitute for mashed potatoes, try making mashed parsnips. Three cups are equivalent to one cup of mashed potatoes. Microwave the parsnip to soften it, mash it in a bowl and add a little garlic and chives.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What's a good trick to help you eat less during Thanksgiving dinner?

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The correct answer is: From the time you begin eating, it takes your brain 20 minutes to register that you're full. Slowing down allows your brain to catch up to your stomach and prevent overeating. Other tricks to eat less are to serve the meal buffet style (as opposed to family style) so you have to get up from the table to grab seconds. Also use small plates so they fill up faster. Finally, don't skip the salad. That will help fill you up before you eat all the high-calorie tasty treats on the table.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Who cares about the Thanksgiving meal when there's dessert! Which pie should you pick if you're watching your calories?

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The correct answer is: Not only is a slice of pumpkin pie lowest in calories--323 calories--but it's also really good for you. Pumpkin is full of immune-boosting zinc, beta carotene, vitamin C, iron and vitamin A. It's also rich in eye-healthy lutein. Apple pie is second on the calorie meter at 356 calories, followed by coconut cream pie at 429 and pecan pie at 456 calories.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

You've saved room for that pumpkin pie, but you'd still like to cut calories. How many calories can you save by skipping the crust?

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The correct answer is: You can trim more than 100 calories and 7 grams of fat from a slice of pie just by forgoing the crust.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Family picture time! Which of these Thanksgiving foods actually protects your pearly whites?

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The correct answer is: Say cheese! Nutrients in cranberries help reduce plaque by fighting the buildup of bacteria-harboring biofilms, which means you'll have less of a chance of tooth decay and gum disease.

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True or false: Turkey is to blame for your post-Thanksgiving dinner drowsiness.

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The correct answer is: This is one of the most widely believed myths, but it's simply not true. Yes, turkey does have tryptophan, but so do other foods that don't make you sleepy. The more likely cause of the post-feast “coma” is due to the large meal itself and the high-fat, sugar and carbohydrate content.

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