Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you are enjoying this day with your family and friends. I am truly thankful this year for many things. To name just a few: we survived Hurricane Florence with minimal damage, I am finishing my Master’s degree in December, I got back into keto, and I started this blog to hold myself accountable (and hope to help others by sharing what I have learned along the way).
I decided when I started this blog back in August that I wanted to stick to the keto way of eating for Thanksgiving and Christmas by keeping carbs low and adhering to my macros as closely as possible while still enjoying our traditional holiday fare. So, here is what is on the menu today and the macros for each dish:
Roasted turkey (I omitted the onion): 503 calories, 67.9g protein, 23.5g fat, 1.4g total carbs, 1.1g net carbs
Keto gravy: 104 calories, 0.7g protein, 11.1g fat, 0.7g total carbs, 0.5g net carbs
Keto turkey dressing: 303 calories, 11.0g protein, 27.3g fat, 5.5g total carbs, 3.6g net carbs
Roasted pecan green beans: 165 calories, 5.2g protein, 14.3g fat, 6.9g total carbs, 3.8g net carbs
Spicy collard greens: 143 calories, 8.0g protein, 8.5g fat, 12.1g total carbs, 5.4g net carbs
Keto cranberry sauce: 14 calories, 0.1g protein, 0.0g fat, 23.6g total carbs, 2.4g net carbs
Keto pumpkin cheesecake: 169 calories, 5.2g protein, 16.0g fat, 27.1g total carbs, 4.2g net carbs
Keto pecan pie: 167 calories, 4.0g protein, 14.3g fat, 36.4g total carbs, 2.3g net carbs
Macros for the Meal
1767 calories, 104.9g protein, 134.6g fat, 112g total carbs, 25g net carbs (total carbs are very high due to the sugar alcohols present in the desserts)
This Thanksgiving feast is very high in calories, protein, and carbs, as you can see. I will probably only eat one meal on Thanksgiving day. I will likely keep my calories and carbs as low as possible the day before and the day after to minimize the effects of eating such a large carb-heavy meal.
I do not normally advocate cheating, keto or non-keto, but this is a special holiday dinner shared with family and friends. Don’t feel guilty for splurging here and there. Just get up the next day and keep on trucking!