1. Turkey or Ham?
I prefer ham though this year I’ll probably focus on turkey breast.
2. Favorite side dish.
Candied Sweet Potatoes
3. Favorite dessert.
Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie
4. Black Friday: Are you going or not?
Totally…I go every year
5. If so, what’s on the top of your list?
I’m not sure where I’ll go first. I’ll map out a plan on Thursday when I see the official sales circulars.
6. Going out of town or staying close to home?
Staying close to home…I’ll be here in NY, but I’ll enjoy having Dad here for Christmas.
7. Hosting or helping?
Just helping…I’m making the homemade spanakopita (I’ll be dining with the Greeks who have taken me in as family…they taught me how to make the spinach pie so now it’s my job during the holidays.)
8. Name one family tradition at Thanksgiving.
We used to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV every year. It’s pretty cool to know that I could just pop down to watch it in person if I wanted to. (I don’t hehe, but maybe another year.)
9. What do you do after dinner?
In previous years I have laid around then mapped out my black Friday plan…we’re talking graphs and order of importance lists…this year I will go on a nice after dinner walk to burn off some calories then map out my plan.
10. What are you most thankful for this year?
I am most thankful that I know I can lose weight. In recent years, the pumpkin pie was the most exciting part…now I’m free to concentrate on being thankful for the abundance of blessings I have in my life. And that, in itself, is a reason to be thankful.
And because I plan to lose weight even through the holidays, here’s a list of WW point values for popular holiday foods. I plan to enjoy what I eat just as I always do, but it is definitely helpful to have a guide…
Holiday Food Point Values
Slice of Turkey (white meat without skin) — 2 pts.
1/2 c. Homemade Stuffing — 4 pts.
1/2 c. Cornbread Dressing — 4 pts.
Slice of Ham — 6 pts.
1/4 c. Cranberry Sauce — 2 pts.
1/2 c. Candied Sweet Potatoes — 3 pts.
1 c. Green Bean Casserole — 5 pts.
1 c. Creamed Vegetables — 10 pts. (Seriously, for veggies..I’ll be skipping the cream. Just saying.)
1 tbsp. Butter — 3 pts. (I use Land O Lakes Light Butter. It tastes the same a 1 tbsp. = 1 pt. I’m going to bring it with me to Thanksgiving dinner.)
Roll — 3 pts.
Cornbread (2 in. square) — 3 pts.
Sweet Potato Pie (1/8 of 9 in. pie) — 11 pts.
Pumpkin Pie (1/8 of 9 in. pie) — 9 pts.
Pecan Pie (1/8 of 9 in. pie) — 12 pts.
Carrot Cake w/ Cream Cheese frosting (3 in. square) — 16 pts.
Pumpkin Cheesecake (1/16 of 10 in.) — 10 pts.
1/2 c. wine — 2 oz.
**All point values are approximate**
Whatever you’re doing on Thanksgiving, I hope you enjoy it. I know I’m looking forward to it…and I hope you are too!