The holiday season is upon us, and that means so are the holiday meals, baked goods, candies, parties, and everything in between. The holiday season can be a bit of a nightmare for Weight Watchers members. We want to partake in the delicious festivities, but it’s hard to stay on track when we’re surrounded by so much goodness. First up is the mother of all giant meals: Thanksgiving dinner. In order to make this holiday a little less daunting, I compliled a little cheat sheet for you with some of the most popular Thanksgiving dinner items so you don’t have to spend time in your Weight Watchers app figuring out your plate before it gets cold.
Some notes before we get started:
- I updated this list to include Smart Points, since that is the plan that most Weight Watchers are using, but I left the Points Plus values from when I originally wrote this post.
- While I used the Weight Watchers website to gather all of the Smart Points values, I’m sure the actual values of what’s on your plate will vary a little bit. Use these values as a rough estimate, rather than your 100% accurate SP assessment. Some recipies might actually costing you a little more, or if you’re lucky, a little less.
Alright friends, lets dive in!
-3oz light meat with skin= 3 sp (3 pp)
-3oz breast, skinless= 1 sp (2 pp)
-3oz giblets, white or dark meat, no skin= 2 sp (3 pp)
-3oz dark meat, with skin= 4 sp (5 pp)
-Spiral 3oz= 4sp (3pp) (lean is 2sp)
-Honey baked, bone-in, 3 oz= 3 sp
-Turkey gravy, canned 2 Tbsp= 0 sp (0 pp)
-Gravy, brown 2 Tbsp= 2 sp (1 ppv)
-Stuffing 1/2 cup bread, from mix, prepared= 6 sp (5 pp)
-Corn 1/2 cup cooked kernels= 2sp (2 pp)
-Green bean casserole 1 cup 7 sp (6 pp) *It varies a lot by recipe.*
-Sweet potatoes 1/2 cup mashed= 5sp
-Cranberry sauce 2Tbsp canned= 3 sp (1 pp)
-Mashed potatoes 1/2 cup= 3 sp (3 pp)
-Biscuits with butter = Biscuit alone: 4sp, with 1 tbsp butter: 9 sp (6 pp)
-Corn bread 1 slice, from mix, prepared= 7 sp (5 pp)
-Corn casserole 1/4 cup= 7 sp (5 pp)
-Sweet potato casserole 1/2 cup= 9 sp (6 pp)
-Creamed corn 1/2 cup canned= 3 sp (3 pp)
-Creamed spinach 1/2 cup= 3 sp (5 pp)
-Scalloped potatoes 1/2 cup= 4 sp (5 pp)
-Roasted potatoes 1/2 cup= 2 sp (4 pp)
-Brussel sprouts with bacon 2/3 cup= 3 sp (4 pp)
-Macaroni and cheese 1/2 cup= 7 sp (5 pp)
-Sausage stuffing 1/2 cup= 6 sp (5 pp)
-Apple cake 1 slice= 10 sp (6 sp)
-Pumpkin pie 1 slice= 14sp (12 pp)
2 Tbsp whipped topping= 1sp
-Fruit pie 1 slice= 13 sp (11 pp)
-Fruit salad 1 serving (red and green apples, 2Tbsp dried cranberries, 2Tbsp pecan halves)= 6 sp (4 pp)
-Cheesecake 1 slice= 18sp (11 pp) with fruit topping= 19 sp (12 pp)
-Pecan pie 1 slice= 21 sp (14 pp)
-Wine 5oz= 4 sp (4 pp)
-Mixed drinks 5oz vodka cranberry=7 sp (5 pp)
-Beer 12oz= 5 sp (5 pp)
-Punch 8oz fruit punch= 7 sp (3 pp)
-Soda 8oz sweetened= 6sp (3 pp)
-Iced tea 8oz sweetened= 5 sp (3 pp)
-Water 8oz= 0!
There you go! Even if you are going to load up your plates with too much of a good thing you can at least say you made the informed choice.
A few other helpful tips and tricks:
- Keep a glass of water in your hands. If your hands are occupied, you can’t snack at the appetizer table
- Distance yourself from the food. Ask that your favorite dish be on the other side of the table and when it isn’t dinner time, be in a different room than the food all together if you can help it.
- After dinner, before dessert comes out, take the family and go out for a walk. It will get the digestion going, distract from the food and get you a little bit of activity.
- Bring a dish that is Weight Watchers friendly to begin with
- Eat slowly. Set down your fork and sip water in between bites. You’ll be surprised at how much sooner you’ll feel full.
Most importantly, remember that it is one day. Work a little harder a few days before and after, save your weekly Points and get your joy out of your Thanksgiving. Hint: the joy doesn’t necessarily come from the food!
Be happy, be healthy.