What’s not to love about Thanksgiving (save for the dishes)? Let’s be honest, while many people celebrate those old familial traditions of turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, not everyone has the time or patience to cook a full Thanksgiving meal…or maybe you do but eating out instead sounds like a better option!
But before we get into the number of calories the average American ingests on Thanksgiving, let’s look at some interesting Turkey Day Facts and a brief history!
Thanksgiving Day Facts
- The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days.
- No turkey on the menu at the first Thanksgiving. Historians say that no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving!
- Turkey isn’t responsible for drowsiness or the dreaded “food coma.” Scientists say that extra glass of wine, the high-calorie meal or relaxing after a busy work schedule is what makes you drowsy! #foodcoma
- Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first meal in space after walking on the moon was foil packets with roasted turkey.
- Female turkeys (called hens) do not gobble. Only male turkeys gobble.
(sourced from an article by allparenting.com)
Pros and Cons of Eating Out on Thanksgiving
- For one, you may actually save your waistline by choosing to eat at a local establishment. According to the Calorie Control Council (yes, this is actually a thing), the average person eats around 3,000 calories during their annual Thanksgiving meal and an additional 1,500 on snacking and nibbling! No WONDER people put on a few pounds during this holiday! Depending on what you order while dining out, you could save yourself a couple thousand calories.
- A potential con of eating at a local restaurant is the price tag. I was perusing the American Farm Bureau Federation when I came across their yearly statistics for Thanksgiving– according to their research, a family of 10 will spend about $50.11 this year for dinner. For all you mathematically-challenged individuals out there, that is around $5 per person. Unless you are eating from a fast-food dollar menu or decide to order three (3) large pizzas from Dominos and some side dishes, you aren’t going to be able to feed 10 people for that price.
- If you are a super-busyworkaholic, or if time seems to elude you, eating out may be a great option. You don’t have to plan the meal, buy the groceries and then spend two days in the kitchen cooking. I fancy myself a busy person but I love spending time with fam in the kitchen and reconnecting with friends and loved ones over a pumpkin-spiced white Russian. It’s good to take some time off from work, but if you absolutely can’t and if time is money, then opting for a nice meal out may be just the thing for you.
If you are dead-set on avoiding dishes during this holiday, check out our list of restaurants open in Springfield, Mo for Thanksgiving 2017!
Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving from the team at WeDames!