Thanksgiving is as American as it gets. A truly big meal, with generous portions and that lingering, nap-inducing "full" sensation. As we eat to celebrate the feast shared by the Indians and first European settlers, we're generally not asking ourselves, "Just how many calories AM I consuming?" Or at least, we're in denial. Here, for your pre-culinary consumption, is your Thanksgiving dinner by the numbers:
It's not Thanksgiving without the turkey: 98 calories for 3 ounces of light meat, 142 calories for a serving of dark meat.
Always a standby in terms of comfort food, fresh mashed potatoes: 256 calories for a cup. Gravy: 32 calories per four teaspoons.
A food true to its name, stuffing: 358 calories for a one-cup serving of the corn bread variety; dry bread mix, 179 calories per half cup.
Brightening the color palettes of plates since the early Thanksgivings, cranberries:canned sauce, 418 calories in one cup. Fresh cranberry sauce has 60 calories for one cup, which is technically two servings.
Dinner rolls are about 90 calories per roll, not counting a customary pat of butter, which is about 36 calories.
Perhaps after that nap, there is room for dessert. One piece of apple pie, or one-eighth of a 9-inch pie, is 411 calories. A piece of traditional pumpkin pie of the same size has 323 calories.
If you eat all the food listed above, the total meal packs 2,403 calories. The normal recommended daily caloric intake for a moderately active teenage female is 2,000 calories and for a male it is 2,400-2,800.
Weigh that against the joys of this once-a-year tradition. Then go take a walk.