Saturday, November 19, 2011

Talking Turkey and Healthy Fixings for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a special day with family and the traditional big turkey dinner. Are there any redeeming qualities to this calorie packed meal? Experts say yes if you take away the rich gravies and whipped cream. Here are the health benefits of some of our Thanksgiving dishes.

*Turkey--a good source of protein and a very lean meat. (especially the white meat)

*Potatoes--rich in vitamin c, has fiber and the skin contains potassium. Go easy on the butter.

*Cranberries--Lots of vitamin C and antioxidants which are effective in helping to prevent cancer, heart disease and stroke.

*Sweet Potatoes--rich in beta-carotene and vitamins including A,B,C and E. Lots of calcium and potassium.

*Dressing--Can be high in fat and sodium. Beef up the fiber by making it with whole grain bread. Go easy on the butter. Up the vitamin and mineral content by adding veggies such as peppers, onions, carrots and even frest fruit. Herbs like sage and rosemary contain anti-oxidants.

*Pumpkin Pie--usually lower in fat than other kinds of pie. Pumpkin contains vitamin A.

*Vegetables--ok to load your plate with these. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene. Spinach and Brussel Sprouts are rich in vitamin C and other anti-oxidants. Broccoli has vitamins A and B6, riboflavin and folic acid, calcium and iron.

*Red wine--contains anti-oxidants.

So go ahead and enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner. Give thanks for all the good food on your table and don't forget to thank the cook!

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