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 heap more than a single serving on our plates. In addition, we usually ladle a generous serving of gravy on top. 

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

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