Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Carb Counts

by Dee
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Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food. And what’s Thanksgiving without all the delicious carb-heavy dishes? From mashed potatoes and stuffing to cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, it’s hard to resist temptation. But if you’re trying to manage your carb intake, it’s important to be aware of how many carbs are in your favorite Thanksgiving foods. This Thanksgiving Carb Count list can help!

I created this list so you can make informed choices about what to eat and how much. I’ve also included some tips on how to reduce your carb intake without sacrificing flavor or satisfaction.

Why is knowing carb counts important?

Carbs are a macronutrient that provides your body with energy. However, eating too many carbs can lead to weight gain, blood sugar spikes, and other health problems. If you have diabetes, prediabetes, or another chronic health condition, it’s important to manage your carb intake carefully.

Even if you’re healthy, it’s a good idea to be mindful of your carb intake on Thanksgiving. After all, it’s easy to overindulge when there’s so much delicious food around!

Tips for reducing your carb intake

Here are some tips for reducing your carb intake on Thanksgiving:

  • Choose smaller portions. When serving yourself, choose smaller portions of carb-rich foods. This will help you control your overall carb intake.
  • Make healthier choices. There are many ways to make healthier versions of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. You can find several on this blog, including Low Carb Cornbread and Mini Crustless Pumpkin Pies.
  • Drink water instead of soda or juice. Soda and juice are high in sugar and carbs. Instead, drink water or unsweetened tea on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Carb Count List

Without further ado, here is the list! For a free printable download of this list, enter your email below:

Main Dish
0g4 oz roasted turkey breast, no flavoring
6g1/2 cup turkey gravy
0g4 oz roasted boneless cured ham
4g4 oz roasted spiral ham
0g4 oz roasted lean pork tenderloin
0g4 oz lean beef brisket
8g1 slice pineapple (from can)
2g1 Maraschino cherry
Sides (Homemade unless noted)
49g½ cup candied yams
44g1 cup mashed potatoes
39g1 cup macaroni and cheese
37g½ cup sweet potato casserole (with marshmallows)
31g½ cup cornbread stuffing
31g1 medium sweet potato (plain)
31g3″ square piece of corn bread
28g¼ cup jellied cranberry sauce (canned)
28g¼ whole cranberry sauce (canned)
27g½ cup roasted potatoes
24g1 large dinner roll
21g½ cup corn pudding
17g½ cup traditional bread stuffing
16g½ cup corn
16g1 cup coleslaw
13g½ cup glazed carrots
9g½ cup green bean casserole
7g8 roasted baby carrots
6g½ cup pearl onions in cream sauce
5g½ cup cut green beans
Desserts (Homemade unless noted)
Pies:
64g⅛ of 9″ pecan pie
64g⅛ of 9″ minced meat pie
57g⅛ of 9″ Dutch apple pie
55g⅛ of 9″ apple pie
46g⅛ of 9″ sweet potato pie
40g⅛ of 9″ pumpkin pie
Cookies:
11g1 peanut butter cookie (~3″)
10g1 chocolate chip cookie (~2.5″)
8g1 sugar cookie (~3″)
6g1 gingersnap cookie (~3.5″)
Other:
67g1/12 of 8″ layer cake with frosting
51g1 chocolate lava cake
49g⅛ of 9″ cheesecake
16g½ cup vanilla ice cream (store bought)
2g2 tbsp whipped cream
Drinks
32g1 cup hot cocoa with milk
30g1 cup spiced apple cider
21g½ cup eggnog
20g1 cup hot cocoa with water
13g1 cup coffee with cream and sugar
13g12 oz regular beer
6g12 oz light beer
5g5 oz champagne
5g5 oz red or white wine
0g1 oz spirits
Thanksgiving Carb Counts

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