Carb count in average Thanksgiving dinner

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2014-11-28 18:04:20 -0600
Started 2014-11-26 17:11:45 -0600

Just thought this was interesting. Here are some basic nutrition facts of an average Thanksgiving dinner. Just a reminder that for people with diabetes, some modifications can make a big difference.

6 oz. Turkey, white meat
3 oz. Turkey, dark meat
1/2 C. candied yams
3 T cranberry relish
1 C mashed potatoes
1 C dressing/stuffing
3/4 C green bean casserole
1/2 C corn
1/2 C gravy
1 croissant roll
1 whole wheat dinner roll
1 slice pumpkin pie
1 slice apple pie
1/2 C whipped cream

Total Nutrition Facts
Calories: 2866
Carbs: 325g
Fat: 132g
Sat Fat: 50g
Protein: 109g
Fiber: 25g

24 replies

BreC 2014-11-28 09:20:17 -0600 Report

I had turkey, dressing, green beans, and corn. BS reading before eating was 127 and after 145. Think I choose wisely.

deni46 2014-11-28 08:55:06 -0600 Report

Well ate a teaspoon of everything and did really well. My bg was the same as everyday. Actually it was a lil lower however I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off lol. I was pleased

rickperkins 2014-11-28 05:32:09 -0600 Report

I want to say thank U for telling me 91 wasn't there I am always worried this is my first time been Angb and type two diabetes I'm always worrying about it I just want to say thank you and God bless you and Gadlas my friends on this site you guys here all have a beautiful day thank you so much

rickperkins 2014-11-28 05:12:00 -0600 Report

My name is Rick Perkins I wanna with my family but I was so hard my kids was telling me guess you don't care about your eating your you about what you doing and I told them I'm enjoying Malachi in with you guys it's allA big plate of food and they all said you don't want daddy the food it's now you're going to get sick and die I woke up this morning and my blood count was only 91 I was really low

jayabee52 2014-11-28 05:24:02 -0600 Report

Howdy Rick
I would consider 91mg/dl to be a great number.

Lows are anywhere below 70mg/dl.

My fiancee` had a 32 mg/dl last night and the nurses at the facility where she is had to give her a glucagon shot and work on her for a time before her BG started climbing toward 70. She is temporarily out of danger for the time being, but I worry about her.

BTW what is "Malachi"?

Praying for improving health for us all

rolly123 2014-11-27 21:58:44 -0600 Report

I eat everything enjoy then next day getback on track i dont have everything mention enjoy u night

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-11-27 08:13:35 -0600 Report

This year I made some almond flour stuffing to take to the family get together. So, I can enjoy my favorite part low carb guilt-free. Also, made rye/almond flour bread for the left over sandwich meal hours later.
I can indulge with a slightly larger slice of cherry cheesecake, it will be about the highest carb of the meal. This was my emergency back up dessert when the spelt flour experiment was an almost epic fail yesterday.
Also no hard task to skip cranberry relish (never liked it), and candied yams (sweet potatoes are safe for me and I like them best non-candied).
Unfortunately your list does not include my worst high carb temptation - potato chips! Always are there and usually some end up on my plate no matter how much I tell myself to ignore them…sigh. Maybe this time I can ignore the chips.

oink66 2014-11-26 23:38:26 -0600 Report

11 / 26/14 Is this Thanksgiving low calorie, low carb Dinner for One Complete Setting Or is This spreaded Out Throughout The Entire Day?

elizag1 2014-11-26 21:04:58 -0600 Report

Thank you…I like dark meat and yams and dressing…well I realized I like it all.
Once a year and then time to walk again for me…thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you..

granniesophie 2014-11-26 20:32:33 -0600 Report

Well, then I don't have to worry, because the only thing on this list I can eat is the cranberry relish, and that's kind of iffy too! There are about 32 carbs in the frozen dinner that I will be eating while the rest of my family enjoys their dinner!

sweetslover 2014-11-26 19:57:56 -0600 Report

John, Thank you for posting this tonight. Tomorrow will be my first Thanksgiving since I was diagnosed T2. I had planned on eating carefully, but now I realize that I have to make some very careful choices. I am NOT going to try to sample everything on the table.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-11-26 19:29:27 -0600 Report

Hi John,
just yo let you know that
I am the one that has posted anonymously below. It was an accident . My apologies.
Valentine Lady

robertoj 2014-11-26 19:27:26 -0600 Report

Thanksgiving is not a time for me to indulge in carbs. I'm never very hungry and mostly fill up on turkey on Thanksgiving.

Anonymous 2014-11-26 19:23:58 -0600 Report

Hi John,
Amazing, to loose weight
I keep my carbs around 50 per day. When you see the carbs for one meal. All I can say is thank you for posting.
to you…

Type1Lou 2014-11-26 18:33:27 -0600 Report

Wow…that's nearly 3 days worth of carbs for me! …but I've learned to do without the candied yams and mashed potatoes and stuffing, I make my own low-carb cranberry relish and lower-carb pumpkin pie and allow myself only one small dinner roll. I load up on the meat and safer veggies and enjoy the company of loved ones. Life is good!

rolly123 2014-11-27 21:57:25 -0600 Report

Lou would like pumkin pie and cranberry relish that u mentioned

Type1Lou 2014-11-28 13:27:10 -0600 Report

Valerie, just substitute the sugar in the pumpkin pie recipe (I use the one on the label of Libby's canned pumpkin) with Splenda…you'll never miss the sugar and get rid of the sugar carbs. To further reduce the carbs, I'll often eat just the filling and leave the crust on my plate. For the cranberry relish, wash 2 cups of cranberries, chop up one small orange (removing the seeds but leaving the peel.) Put cranberries and orange into a blender or food processor with 3/4 cup of Splenda and mix thoroughly til desired consistency. Let stand for 30 minutes before serving.

Type1Lou 2014-11-28 17:24:47 -0600 Report

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with 4 friends…all of our families are too far away. I made a Turkey vegetable cream soup for dinner tonight to use up some of the leftover turkey. Hope your holiday was lovely too!

Type1Lou 2014-11-28 18:04:20 -0600 Report

I came through OK…actually was low 2 hours after eating dinner…could have eaten that roll after all!

Richard157 2014-11-26 17:44:22 -0600 Report

I had a turkey drumstick, gravy, and a cup of dressing…only 40 carbs. That was all I wanted. It is not necessary to eat BIG at any meal. Too much insulin makes me gain weight. Consistency day-to-day is very good for diabetes management.

GabbyPA 2014-11-26 17:31:37 -0600 Report

I have made a lot of adjustments to help cut those carbs, but wow, this is amazing, and not in a good way.