Carb Counting at the Thanksgiving Table

Carb Counting at the Thanksgiving Table
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It can be difficult to count carbs at holiday meals, especially when served family-style. Here are some carb counts of common foods you might find on the Thanksgiving table this week.


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For my American friends (and those who just like turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce and pie), here are carb counts of common Thanksgiving fare. Best practice is to look at the packages of the food you are making because it can vary. This chart is a quick reference especially if you find yourself at someone else’ t-day table and need to SWAG* the meal.

Oh, and the next well-intentioned person who buys sugar-free Cool-Whip is going to get a pumpkin pie in the face. It is not lower in carbs!**

Remember that 1 oz. equals 28 grams by weight. See the Quick Measuring Guide.

Item Serving Size Carb Count Note Source
Turkey Breast 4 ounces 0 g roasted, without skin CalorieKing
Mashed Potatoes 1/2 cup 17.8 g home-made, with whole milk and margarine CalorieKing
Turkey Gravy 1 tablespoon 0.8 g canned, ready-to-serve CalorieKing
Cranberry Sauce 1 ounce 11 g sweetened, canned CalorieKing
Bread Stuffing 1/2 cup 21.7 c from dry mix, prepared CalorieKing
Candied Yams 1/2 cup 46 canned CalorieKing
Green Bean Casserole 1/12 of recipe 19.5 from recipe Campbell’s
Creamed Corn 1/2 cup 23.2 CalorieKing
Dinner Rolls 1 roll 13 CalorieKing
Pumpkin Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 40.9 home-made, from recipe CalorieKing
Pumpkin Pie 1/6 of 8″ pie 36.3 store-bought CalorieKing
Pecan Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 63.7 home-made, from recipe CalorieKing
Pecan Pie 1/6 of 8″ pie 76.1 store-bought CalorieKing
Cool Whip Original 2 tablespoons 3 Kraft
Cool Whip Sugar-Free 2 tablespoons 3 Kraft

*SWAG = scientific wild ass guess

**According to the Kraft website, both regular and sugar-free Cool Whip both have 3 grams of carbs for a 2 tablespoon serving! You might want to read why I caution against sugar-free foods, especially for younger kids.

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