How to Make Low Calorie Turkey Stuffing

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Is turkey stuffing an essential part of your Thanksgiving meal? For many of us, the holiday dinner wouldn't be complete without the traditional side dish. But stuffing isn't always the best choice for dieters. If you're trying to lose weight, make low-calorie turkey stuffing to keep your weight loss plan on track during the holidays.

Calories in Stuffing

There are only about 120-140 calories in stuffing.

Brands like Pepperidge Farm and Stove Top contain similar ingredients and have similar nutritional profiles. But a single serving of turkey stuffing is only a half cup. Most of us scoop more than a single serving on our plates. In addition, we usually ladle a generous serving of gravy on top. 

Here's how the nutrition in different types of stuffing compare. 

  • According to USDA data, a single one-cup serving of bread stuffing provides 404 calories, 7 grams of protein, 49 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, 1076 milligrams of sodium and 20 grams of total fat. 
  • According to USDA data, A single one-cup serving of cornbread stuffing provides 358 calories, 6 grams of protein, 44 grams of carbohydrate, 6 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, 910 milligrams of sodium and18 grams of total fat.
  • According to the manufacturer, a 3/4 cup serving of Pepperidge Farms Herb Seasoned Stuffing provides 160 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 33 grams of carbohydrate, 1 gram of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 600 milligrams of sodium.
  • According to the manufacturer, a single serving (28 grams) of Stove Top Savory Herb Stuffing provides 150 calories, 1 gram of fat, 21 grams of carbohydrate, 4 grams of protein, 450 milligrams of sodium, and 2 grams of sugar.

Is Stuffing Healthy?

Stuffing isn't the worst food on the Thanksgiving table, but it's not the healthiest food either.

Even though the calorie information for some brands of stuffing isn't too bad, what actually ends up on our plate is quite different. Your portion of stuffing and gravy can add up to several hundred calories. In addition, stuffing provides few nutrients and is high in sodium. 

How to Make Low-Calorie Turkey Stuffing

If you make stuffing at home, the calorie, fat, and sodium content will depend entirely on the recipe you use. Many traditional recipes contain fat drippings from the turkey, butter and other high-calorie, high-fat ingredients, like butter or oil.

If you're looking for a healthy stuffing recipe to make at home, consider one of these recipes that use low fat and some use low sodium ingredients.