What 1,800 Calories Looks Like on Thanksgiving Day

Danielle Omar, RD
by Danielle Omar, RD
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Thanksgiving is a day to reflect, give thanks and enjoy some delicious food — with the daunting challenge of not overdoing the calories. While the tryptophan in turkey might make you sleepy (hello, food coma), it’s possible to indulge in your favorite foods without going overboard.

With a little planning (Think: a well-balanced breakfast that includes fiber, protein and fat), you can keep your energy and blood sugar levels steady throughout the day — and still enjoy dessert.

For the big meal, feature colorful veggies in your appetizers and sides and employ the plate method. Aim to fill half your plate with vegetables and leave the remaining two quarters for turkey and small scoops of your favorite sides.

Take your time eating and enjoy the conversation with your friends and family — even if it’s virtual this year. Being mindful gives you time to notice when you’re getting full, so you can leave room for a small piece of pumpkin pie or your favorite dessert.

This satisfying and delicious sample Thanksgiving menu reflects an 1,800-calorie day. Pro tip: Sub in the leftover turkey and roasted Brussels sprouts in the Greek orzo soup below. This gives you another serving of turkey and more protein without feeling stuffed.

What 1,800 Calories Looks Like on Thanksgiving Day

BREAKFAST

MAIN MEAL

DINNER

EVENING SNACK

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About the Author

Danielle Omar, RD
Danielle Omar, RD

Danielle is an integrative dietitian, culinary nutritionist, author and consultant, frequently lending her love of creating to high-profile food and nutrition media outlets. She’s a regularly featured blogger and founder of foodconfidence.comwhere she inspires men and women on their journey to become their healthiest self. Connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.

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