Carb Counting at the Thanksgiving Table

by Leighann on November 20, 2017

Summary: 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.

Thanksgiving Carb Counting

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 has more carbs!**

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

ItemServing SizeCarbsSource
Turkey, breast1 oz.0 gCalorie King
Mashed Potatoes, homemade with milk and butter1/2 cup17.7 gCalorie King
Stuffing, prepared from mix1/2 cup21.7 gCalorie King
Sweet Potatoes, canned w liquid drained1/2 cup, 3.5 oz.24.9 gCalorie King
Cranberry Sauce, Ocean Spray jellied1 oz.10.1 gCalorie King
Gravy, Heinz Homestyle roasted turkey1 oz.1.4 gCalorie King
Dinner Roll, plain (includes brown and serve)1 roll14.1 gCalorie King
Pumpkin Pie, commercially prepared1/6th of 8" pie, 3.8 oz.29.8 gCalorie King
Pumpkin Pie, homemade from recipe1/8th of 9" pie, 5.5 oz.40.9 gCalorie King
Whipped Cream, Cool Whip regular2 tbsp, 0.3 oz.2 gCalorie King

*SWAG = scientific wild ass guess

**According to Calorie King, regular Cool-Whip has 1 gram carb per tablespoon, but sugar free has 1.5!

Please remember that I never give medical advice. Ask your endocrinologist or pediatrician for advice about your own child. Make your own informed decisions for your own child.

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