Allrecipes.com received record-high Thanksgiving traffic numbers, with more than 2.8 million visitors the day before Thanksgiving, providing a clear picture of what was served on the biggest food holiday of the year.
The average Thanksgiving meal in 2009 weighed in at 2,225 calories per serving, a 5 percent increase from last year's feast. According to the Allrecipes site, Sweet Potato Pie I stole the show as the most popular Thanksgiving recipe, a contrast from last year's popular Homestyle Turkey the Michigander Way. Iowa and Minnesota tied for the most calorie conscious-fares. With an average of 1,797 calories per serving, they consumed 428 fewer calories than the average state and 893 fewer calories compared to the most indulgent state, South Carolina which consumed 2,690 calories on average. Iowa and Minnesota's most popular recipe was Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie totaling 283 calories per serving; South Carolina satisfied their sweet tooth with Sweet Potato Pie I, which totals 389 calories per serving.
"We saw a 24 percent traffic increase compared to 2008 and are unbelievably thankful to everyone who trusted our site to help them prepare one of the most important meals of the year," said Lisa Sharples, president of Allrecipes. "As the top online resource for home cooks, it's important for us to support our community during such a food-centric holiday. We were pleased to do that this year and especially delighted to be able to interact with our community via our first ever live webcast."
Those who may have over-indulged on Thanksgiving need not despair as Allrecipes provides thousands of low-fat, low-calorie, and all-around good-for-your waistline recipes that can be found at the Healthy Cooking Page. The page features the top 20 favorite healthy cooking recipes--from breads and muffins to soups and salads, how-to videos.
Then again, Christmas is coming.