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Thanksgiving dinner; A look at just what you'll be "stuffing" yourself with

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Thanksgiving is upon us, and tomorrow most of us will be found sitting down before a feast of epic proportions. For kicks, this little ditty is going to dish out some information about what you'll be "stuffing" down your gullet.

First we have the main contender, that butter-ball of birds: The Turkey. Sure, turkey is without doubt the healthiest portion of the meal with it's lean protein, but what happens when you pile on the gravy? You up the ante from around 130 calories for a 3 ounce portion, to over 300 calories and 11 grams of fat. Gobble gobble....

Of course no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without the stuffing, right? All recipies will vary, but on average this sodium-enriched dish can pack on anywhere from 200-400 calories, 6 grams of fat, and over 500 mg of sodium.

Sweet potatoes with marshmallows anyone? This sticky, delectable sidekick may come bearing the gift of beta carotene, but the melted marshmallow confection smothering it tends to cancel out any real healthy benefits. The result? About 300 calories and 5 grams of fat.

Ready for the mashed potatoes? This pile of whipped or lumpy mouth-watering goodness can add at least another 185 calories and 3-5 grams of fat. Yummy....

Now you spy the basket of fluffy, flakey biscuits just begging to be plucked up. Go ahead and indulge, you know you want to. Of course that will cost you another 250 calories and 10 grams of fat at least. Oh yeah...that's without any butter. Margarine anyone?

Cranberry sauce is healthy, right? Sound the buzzer on this one. One helping of the vibrant concoction can pack on an additional 150 calories.

Ah yes, now we're down to the dessert. Who doesn't love a nice, thick slab of pumpkin pie to finish things off? Top it with some whipped cream, even better! And as you down that last tantalizing bite, you've successfully added another 310 calories and a whopping 20 grams of fat. Looks like the turkey isn't the only one who's stuffed.

Of course there are the healthier dishes you can load up on such as corn, beans and peas, assuming they are consumed in their "natural" state without added butter or other fatty additions.

Thankfully it's only once a year, so indulge or be meager, it's up to you. After all, there's always exercise, right? (Which doesn't include lifting the remote to change the football game)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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