Turkey: The delicious smells wafting from your oven all day long will tempt you to gorge yourself on the succulent, moist turkey the minute it comes out of the oven. As hard as it will be to hold back, a four-ounce serving of lean meat should do the trick! It’s roughly the size of a deck of cards, and has 32 grams of protein, more than half of your recommended daily value. Avoid the skin and fatty pieces to get a full bang for your buck!
Ham: If your family is more of a ham family for Christmas dinner, keep in mind that a 4-ounce serving of smoked ham, roughly the size of a deck of cards, contains 186 calories, with 88 coming from protein and 96 coming from fat. Its low amount of saturated fat means that ham is a healthy choice this holiday!
Gravy: All aboard the gravy train! Except not, because gravy has a ton of sodium and fat. Keep your helping to a quarter cup, or the size of a golf ball.
Cranberry sauce: While cranberry sauce is full of vitamin C and contains antioxidants, it also contains lots of sugar. To keep that unnecessary sugar intake to a minimum, limit your cranberry sauce helping to half a cup, or the size of a spool of thread. Opt for recipes that contain no added sugar to avoid the empty calories.
Dinner roll: Obviously, dinner rolls are full of carbs, but if you choose a whole-wheat roll that’s roughly the size of a tennis ball, you can get away with it. Plus, it’s full of B vitamins and fiber to keep you fuller longer.
Mashed potatoes: Did you know the United States Department of Agriculture recommends only three cups of starchy veggies per week? And mashed potatoes are the epitome of starchy vegetables. Help yourself to half a cup to avoid the extra fat, carbs and sodium loaded in there, which is roughly the same size as a roll of Scotch tape.
>> Recipe: Skinny Mashed Cauliflower
Brussels sprouts: Half a cup of brussels sprouts will give you tons of vitamins A, C and K, as well as vitamin B6, folate, potassium, manganese and dietary fiber. All you’ll have to watch out for is brussels sprouts cooked with butter, cheese, or lots of oil. A good visual for these is a small handful of them!
Pumpkin pie: Pumpkin pie contains 50 percent of your daily intake of vitamin A, and also contains high amounts of vitamin K, calcium and iron. However, even a small piece contains 160 calories, 13 grams of sugar and seven grams of fat, so you’ll want to eat it in moderation. Snatch up the slice that’s the same size as a lightbulb.