Thanksgiving Dinner: How Many Calories Are on Your Plate?

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  • A Healthier Thanksgiving Dinner
  • An Hour to Walk Off 90 Calories
  • Why Should We Track Calories?
  • Turkey
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Stuffing
  • Candied Yams
  • Collard Greens
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Sweet Potato Pie
  • Glass of Wine

Why Should We Track Calories?

Calories are the amount of energy in food, and we need them to do various activities through the day — even to sleep and rest. Depending on age, weight and exercise routine, different calorie amounts are needed. Women aged 18 and older need between 1,600 and 2,000 calories a day (if they are not physically active). Men over 18 need 2,000 to 2,400 calories a day. Comparing brands and recipes in advance on sites like can help you plan how much you should eat on Thanksgiving.  

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