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Hungry Girl is here to help you survive Thanksgiving, the "foodiest" day of the year!

Swap Meat! 

There's a reason Thanksgiving is called  "Turkey Day." 92% of Americans gobble up turkey on the holiday each year.  Make your 4 oz. helping of turkey white meat and skinless, and you'll be taking in just 150 calories.  Eat the same amount of dark meat with skin and you'll be swallowing approximately 100 more calories (and more fat and cholesterol).  Make the switch and save your calories for dessert!


Sure, Sweet Potatoes are vegetables.  But even veggies can wreck a diet when they're smothered in butter, cream & sugar, then suffocated by marshmallows!  A typical serving of the too-sweet side dish contains about 300 calories.

Easy As Pie...

What's Thanksgiving without pie?  Luckily, you don't have to find out.  The average piece of pumpkin pie has just 250 - 275 calories.  Not horrible for a rich, yummy holiday dessert!  Want to make your pumpkin even lighter?  Here are some recipes you can try:

Quick Pumpkin Pudding
Use Fat Free, SF Instant Jell-O Pudding to make this even more diet-friendly!

Lighter Libby's Pumpkin Pie
This pie is the perfect way to end your Thanksgiving meal.

Lite 'n Easy Crustless Pumpkin Pie
Since this recipe skips the crust, it's lower in carbs than regular pie.


Cooking that Thanksgiving bird can be quite a feat.  You have to defrost the sucker -- then (ewww!) clean it. Good news!  Jennie-O has decided to give you one more thing to be thankful Oven Ready Turkey!  This fresh-frozen turkey goes directly from your freezer to your oven with no thawing required.  It's pre-seasoned and cleaned!  4 ounces of The Butter, Garlic and Herb flavor has just 150 calories, 7g fat, and no carbs.  The Homestyle flavor has just 10 calories and 2g of fat more per serving.  Use the time this easy-to-make turkey saves you to take a pre-dinner walk to get your metabolism going!


-Slip some Pumpkin Pie Spice into some Fat Free Hot Cocoa or Apple Cider for a yummy, holiday treat. Sip on this festive, creamy delight while everyone else is having that second piece of pie!

-Use your leftover turkey to make turkey vegetable soup instead of turkey sandwiches. You'll save calories and carbs, and squeeze in extra servings of healthy veggies.

-Watching carbs? Have cauliflower instead of potatoes.  Just mash 'em with some light butter, soy milk and garlic for a guilt-free side that'll please any potato-lover.


The average Thanksgiving meal contains about 3,000 calories.  A 160 lb. person would have to walk 30 miles to burn that off.  Eeeeeks!

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