mmmm… I LOVE pie! apple, pumpkin, banana cream, and my very favorite Razzleberry (courtesy of Marie Calendars), I love them all. Since, I’ve officially declared it pie eating season (although I admit, it probably really started in October) lets talk about pie nutrition.
First we have the most sought after Thanksgiving pie. Pumpkin!
Pumpkin Pie Nutrition Info: As a general reference we should be eating about 2,000 calories a day and 60-70 grams of fat/day, but this varies widely from person to person depending on age, weight, gender, etc.
As you can see, there is a little over 300 calories and 14 g of fat per slice of pumpkin pie. While this is not great, this really isn’t too horrendous. Some of the good things about pumpkin pie, well, pumpkin is a vegetable! and just like most orange vegetables its filled with vitamin A and fiber! Look at the bottom of the label and you will see that you are getting 249% of you’re daily value of Vitamin A. I teach my kids that Vitamin A is good for your eyes and your skin! and it really is, so eat your pumpkin pie with no regrets this thanksgiving but please try to keep your serving size to 1/8 the pie because there really is no need to be getting 500% of your values of vitamin A . Lastly, even though its oh so fun to shoot out of the can we can’t go crazy with the reddi whip.
Next we have Apple pie.
Interestingly, the nutrition facts doesn’t look much different for apple pie then pumpkin. Similar calories, similar fat, not so much vitamin A, but more vitamin C. Most of the calories in your apple pie are coming from A) the crust B) the added sugar. So here’s a few tips for lightening up your apple pie, try one crust, like an apple pie tart type thing. This can save you a lot of calories. Also, if you’re making the apple pie fresh buy sweet apples and cut your added sugar in half. I like it tart anyway.
Last we have the super rich, super nutty, super grandma-ee Pecan Pie
I was always a little afraid of pecan pie, and then one thanksgiving I tried it and realized that it actually is amazing! Amazing tasting that is, but nutritionally quite the opposite. Its that middle filler portion that I’m just so weary of. In this commercially prepared pecan pie featured in the label above you can see that there are about a million ingredients of filler added to this pie. If its homemade it may be a little better, but lets face it. Nuts have ALOT of fat! And, I’m all about nuts, especially the walnut variety. But when we’re already eating pie with buttery crust and corn syrupy filling the last thing we need is more fat. This pie packs over 500 calories per one measly slice. We can calculate that to be about 1/4 of our daily needs of calories. Since I’m sure were not planning on eating this for our entire meal its probably not the best choice if we’re watching out waist lines. On the other hand, if you’re looking to gain weight, go for it! Not to villify pecan pie or anything, I will say that the majority of the fat in it is MUFAS and PUFAS which are the unsaturated kinds that are better for our health than saturated fat.
Alright, that about sums it up. What is your favorite kind of pie? Do you have any secret recipe substitutions for making your pie healthier? If you don’t eat pie for dessert on Thanksgiving, what do you eat?
Lastly, If I don’t post again before Thursday HAPPY THANKSGIVING!