MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - If counting calories is top priority for you this year, check out what Weight Watchers has to offer for your Thanksgiving feast.
Claire Monroe stopped by our Daybreak studio, to show off and compare some healthy, lower calorie choices for this year's dinner.
We put pie, stuffing, and sweet potatoes head to head against the Weight Watchers alternatives.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows vs. WW Candied Sweet Potatoes:
Just 1 cup of homemade sweet potato casserole, the kind with lots of butter, sugar, and marshmallows, can run close to 400 calories and can be anywhere from 11 to 13 PointsPlus depending on the recipe.
Our lighter version of Candied Sweet Potatoes is just around 135 calories, or 5 PointsPlus for that same cup. Quite a difference! And sweet potatoes are a great food – rich in beta carotene which in turn makes them rich in vitamin A.
Traditional Stuffing vs. WW Stuffing with Sage and Chives:
Traditional stuffing, depending on the ingredients, can run you over 300 calories and up to 10 PointsPlus for a 1 cup serving.
Our recipe has just 175 calories or 3 PointsPlus for the same 1 cup serving. We use whole wheat bread in our version, which is a much healthier choice since it has more fiber in it, which helps to create a feeling of fullness, in turn satisfying you more than regular white bread.
Pumpkin Pie vs. WW Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust:
Pumpkin pie is a perennial favorite at many people's Thanksgiving table, but it'll cost you calorie-wise. The typical store bought pumpkin pie can be around 325 calories or around 9 PointsPlus for 1/8th of a deep dish pie.
Our version has only 155 calories or 5 PointsPlus for 1/8th of a slice. Another big savings! And pumpkin is so good for you. Just like sweet potatoes, it's filled with beta carotene and vitamin A. It's also another great source of fiber, which we all need more of in our diets.